I always love finding best value wines, undiscovered gems that can be merrily quaffed with evening meals for under R30 a bottle. Djembe wines are four such “djems”, and quality quaffers at that! I especially enjoy finding these great value gulps online, as it does not involve carrying heavy boxes of wine and trying to fit them in my MINI boot (tsk tsk such a diva!)
I also get a kick out of a product that is eye catching. Standing in a store isle with many labels staring back at me, it is fun to find a label that is bright, bold and uniquely South African.
Western Cape Wines offers us four wines in their Djembe range and it makes me think they should have put 4 gold drums on the label instead of 3. The Djembe four boasts bright colours of racy red for Merlot, bold blue for Cab, sunshine yellow for Chardonnay and cool green for Sauvignon Blanc. When I was offered a bottle of each to review I wasn’t sure what to expect. After finishing off the Merlot with some friends and quickly moving onto the Cabernet Sauvignon, I couldn’t believe the value. The Merlot is suberb, smooth and a real juicy darling to consume with hints of plums and the Cab is meaty, and bold, yet quite rounded, well-balanced and easy to lap up. I am so well impressed that both Djembe Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon wines have been added to my online shopping basket. Stunning and affordable table wine for functions and weddings, and good to keep in mind that Western Cape Wines are BEE compliant should you want to partner with them for a corporate event or office pub supply.
Djembe is available at your fingertips online (easiest for Diva me), at Makro and Metcash countrywide, and selected Top Spars. For under R30 a bottle I urge you to buy a case of Merlot or Cab to try, share a few with friends and let me know what you think.
I particularly enjoy the Djembe ad slogan “Finding your own rhythm” as I believe that is what wine appreciation is all about.
I’ll let you know about the Chardonnay and Sauv Blanc in the weeks to come, but at the moment the cold weather is only encouraging my red wine cravings.