Saturday, July 13, 2013


Monis - Medium Cream

Monis, the longest-standing producer of fortified wines in South Africa, offers a rich history dating back to 1906 and a varied range of wines, each with a unique flavour profile.  All superbly food-friendly, they are also now shaking things up as a cocktail ingredient.

Monis - Full Cream

The Monis Pale Dry, Medium Cream and Full Cream spend on average six years in barrels, developing layers of aroma, flavour and texture with the passing years. The nutty, fruity flavours of the Monis Pale Dry pair with a variety of tapas, cured meats and flavourful cheeses, while the sweeter Monis Medium Cream and Full Cream, combine beautifully with pan-fried duck, chicken livers and a variety of sweet treats. It can also be enjoyed on its own as a substitute for dessert. These wines also make a versatile addition to sauces and reductions, and add great depth of flavour to soups and slow-cooked stews.

Monis - Muscadel

All three wines, for which grapes from the Chenin blanc cultivar are used, are made in the style of their equivalents from Jerez de la Frontera in south-west Spain. Monis uses flor yeast which has been nursed by its winemaking team over the past 60 years and which imparts a unique bouquet and taste. In total, the wines would spend about six years maturing in oak barrels.

Monis Vintage Port

The Monis Muscadel with its flavour combination of raisins, Christmas cake, cinnamon and subtle citrus, is refreshing when served on crushed ice in a martini glass with or without a slice of lemon. Think cheesecake or pecan nut pie or, if you prefer something more savoury, try it with ostrich steak, Karoo lamb with plum sauce or a plate filled with noble cheeses.

The wine is made from Muscat de Frontignan grapes selected for their exceptional flavour profile that combines well with the impact of wood maturation. After fermentation and blending, the wine is aged for five years in 500-litre old French oak barrels.

Enjoy the Monis Vintage Port (soon to change to Cape Vintage) on its own or paired with Gorgonzola and green-fig preserve or desserts such as chocolate truffles, gateaux and fruits soaked in fortified wine.   It matures exceptionally well, so one can save it for up to 20 years for that special occasion.
Monis Vintage Port is a blend of the classic port varietals Touriga Naçional, Souzão and Tinta Roriz grown in the Calitzdorp area, a region associated with some of the country’s finest fortified wines. The wine was matured in large oak barrels for 12 months followed by further tank maturation for 18 months. The result is an elegant but rich wine with ripe berry, dark cherry and chocolate flavours.

The Monis Pale Dry, Medium Cream and Full Cream retail for about R60 per bottle and the Monis Muscadel and Vintage Port for about R80 per bottle.