Thursday, 17 November 2011

Accolade’s extensive range of wines for the Christmas season

I'm not surprised Hardy's is one of Britain's favourite wine brand.
I was sent a few bottles of the Accolade range to try to feature the brand for Christmas.
I was so impressed with the Hardy's Sauvignon Semillion  I have been out to buy more.
Previously I have stuck with the grapes and varieties I know.

So glad I tried them as it will be a lovely accompaniment for meals from now on.

The other great Hardy's wine I tried was the wonderfully fizzy Hardy's Crest Chardonnay Pinot Noir, I love this as much. Chris who normally steers clear of white bar champagne loved its dry crisp taste also.

I was sent a familiar wine for me the Fish Hoek Sauvignon Blanc, I love the citrus fruit flavour of this wine, its perfect with chicken and seafood.

I like the tasting advice below, its pretty accurate and I can guarantee you will love the wines, there are even some light wines for those who maybe dieting or just saving space for that extra bowl of Christmas pud!

Relax, unwind and celebrate the festive cheer with Accolade’s extensive range of wines this Christmas season.

With a selection of full bodied reds, fruity rosés, not to mention crisp and light whites, there is something to suit every palate. Whether it’s extra sparkle to accompany Christmas canapés or winter warmers for cosy nights in front of the fire every festive frolic can be catered for. 

Amongst the wines available are the UK’s favourite wine brand* Hardys, as well as eco-friendly wine, Banrock Station, which has donated £2.5m to environmental projects across the world. Banrock Station also has a great tasting new Light offering with 60 calories per 125ml glass. Perfect for those looking to control calorie or alcohol intake.

After the rush of cooking for the whole family has calmed, why not sit back with a glass of Kumala and enjoy some well deserved ‘me’ time. Or if your feet barely touch the floor in the whirlwind of Christmas soirees, be sure to share a bottle of Fish Hoek while spending quality time with friends.

Tasting Notes and Serving Suggestions:


Savour the festive flavours of Hardys Crest Chardonnay Pinot Noir this Christmas. With lively berry fruit tones and a crisp tangy finish, this wine is best shared with friends and family and a fabulous choice for bucks fizz on Christmas morning.

Tesco/Sainsburys £13.99

Banrock Station Shiraz Rosé is a bright, fresh, flavoursome sparkling rosé with a crisp, refreshing taste. Delicious flavours of strawberry and cherry with a touch of sweetness to finish.

Waitrose £8.99            


Feel light and bright this Christmas with Banrock Station Light Rosé. At only 5.5 per cent alcohol and 60 calories per glass, this vibrant rosé is full of red berry flavours and jam packed with juicy strawberry, raspberry and cherry notes.  A touch of sweetness adds the perfect finish.

Tesco £5.45

Made from a blend of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, Banrock Station Light Chardonnay-Sauvignon Blanc is fresh with succulent pear and zingy apricot aromas.

Tesco £5.45

Celebrate the sweet moments this Christmas with the fresh melon and sweet floral characteristics of Banrock Station Pink Moscato. Light, sweet with a hint of spritz  at 5.5 per cent alcohol is the perfect aperitif, or accompaniment to dessert.

Tesco £5.45        

It may be crisp and cold outside, but this Christmas why not indulge with the light and sweet taste of Banrock Station Moscato. Fresh with flavours of passion fruit, pineapple and tropical fruit, this wine is enjoyed best with fruit and cheese platters, or simply chilled and served.        

Tesco £5.45

Red wines

Hardys Nottage Hill Cabernet Shiraz is best enjoyed with slow roasted Christmas meats and crispy roast vegetables and a perfect accompaniment to a hearty festive lunch. Rich with the Christmas flavours of ripe plums and bright red berries, this robust red is smooth and well balanced. 

Widely available £7.99

Fish Hoek Shiraz is the perfect accompaniment for roasted red meats. With notes of vanilla and black pepper this delicious wine is best shared with loved ones over a long and lazy Christmas lunch

Tesco/Waitrose £7.49/£5.99

Kumala Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz is the perfect pairing to succulent red Christmas meats and rich natural gravy. Indulge your senses with the fruitcake flavours, and red berry aromas of this rich and robust red wine

Sainsbury’s, Morrisons/ Asda £6.99

Winter Warmers

Stone’s Ginger Wine Special Reserve is a blend of the finest quality raisins and pure ground ginger which produces a delicious, mellow warming flavour that pairs perfectly with Christmas pudding and mince pies.
Waitrose £6.99


Pair this Hardys Stamp Rose’s bright pink and crimson colours with festive starters of salmon and shellfish. Its flavours are crisp and palate finishing with vibrant strawberry aromas.

Convenience Stores £6.99


Enjoy a glass of Hardys Nottage Hill Chardonnay with friends and family at the heart of Christmas dinner whist tucking into sumptuous roasted meat. Its hints of toasty oak add to the citrus characters giving a great flavour that has a lingering finish.

Widely available £7.99

Hardys Stamp Sauvignon Semillion is dry and its gooseberry lift and fruity expression makes the perfect accompaniment to a sumptuous roast turkey accompanied by traditional cranberry sauces. This wine’s zesty. herbaceous finish is medium bodied.

Tesco £6.99

A twist of fresh lime combines with green fig and gooseberry flavours to create a delicious wine with a lingering finish. Fish Hoek Sauvignon Blanc
Waitrose £7.49

Kumala Colombard Chardonnay is floral with hints of pineapple and tropical fruits making it the perfect accompaniment to fruity desserts such as an English trifle, or festive figgy pudding. Its apple and pear tones finish with a hint of oak, gives the wine a crisp backbone.
Tesco £6.99

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