Thursday, April 10, 2014

Tracey van Maaren's showcase at Auslese

After our visit to Allesverloren, we had a smoky trip – passing burning fields of wheat stubble - back to Cape Town to Harald Bresselschmidt’s function venue, Auslese, to attend what we regard as one of the best trade wine tastings of the year. Tracy represents a very exciting list of wine farms and they present selections of their wines, cleverly matched with dishes prepared in Harald Bresselschmidt’s kitchen.  With many chefs, sommeliers and other trade friends attending it is also a great social event  Despite suffering from flu, Lynne managed to stand upright all evening and, hopefully, didn’t pass it on to anyone else.  No kissing was allowed. There were so many really good wines to taste it was hard to do them all justice

How to welcome your guests: Pair duck liver parfait and grapes on brioche toast with Pol Roger champagne
This canapé, cured ham on a goats' cheese and chilli spread with sourdough bread, was matched to the Spanish Rioja Muga Reserve
The charming Morgan Delacloche of Great Domaines was doing the pouring
Fresh oysters to go with Silverthorn Jewel Box MCC
Karen Loubser, wife of the winemaker, John Loubser. Silverthorn is their own label
Chicken liver mousse, celeriac salad and melba toast to go with the Silverthorn Green Man MCC
Dave Swingler chats to Aubergine and Auslese Executive Chef and owner, Harold Bresselschmidt
Mini calamari on black squid ink risotto
Bresaola on polenta purée with porcini
These two went with these wine from Eagles Nest.  The Shiraz is so soft and full bodied and charming
Vriesenhof's beautiful buttery chardonnay was ably matched by this canapé of quail and Sweetbreads
The Kleine Zalze team : winemakers RJ Botha and Johan Joubert, owner Kobus Basson and Marketing manager Wynand van Schalkwyk
Goats' cheese pralines to match the Kleine Zalze sauvignon blanc
The cold bisque was lovely with their full and deep chenin blanc
Winemaker Cathy Marshall introduced us to her really lovely new Merlot, alongside her excellent Amatra Chenin and classic Elgin Pinot Noir 2012 reserve.
Cured Kudu Carpaccio with mange tout
Lynne loved the veal tongue salad with pawpaw and sorrel
The Hannay Sauvignon blanc was a new find.  A good green sauvignon with elderflowers on the nose and lovely pyrazines on the palate

Risotto balls with guava
Seared swordfish with grapefruit and fennel
And finally Bruwer Raats with some really stunning wines . He is a master at making Chenin blancs absolutely shine.  And his Cabernet Francs are such a true example of what this grape should and could be like.
A view of the room with many enthusiastic tasters
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© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2014

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