Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Paarl Wine Awards at the KWV

Off to a glamorous dinner in KWV’s Cathedral Cellar on quite a chilly night but we were warm enough with lots of space heaters placed in this cavernous cellar filled with huge old carved vats from the past. They don’t actually use these much any more as things have go much more high tech but it is a place with huge atmosphere.  Lynne was first taken to visit there by a young winemaker when she was only 17 and it hasn't changed as much as she has
The courtesy car took us to and from Grande Roche, where we stayed the night
Entering the cellars at KWV
Welcomed in one of the barrel storage cellars with music and
a choice from several bubblies from the area
Stanislav Angelov , a talented organist who played lots romantic French style music and some other  popular tunes
This plaque tells the story of the Old Bill barrel
An historic barrel with a story attached
Shall we have the Brut? Or Brut Rosé?
Lynne with Zelda Oelofse, General Manager of Laborie. Zelda was the major domo of the event and had the organization running very smoothly
Media members arriving for the dinner and awards This is Maryna Starchan of Wine Extra
Journalist Norman McFarlane and his wife Eppie
This is the magnificent cathedral cellar with is huge carved barrels
One of the messages on a barrel
We join our table for the evening
Kobus van der Merwe, winemaker at Laborie
The menu. The food was prepared by Chef Matthew Gordon from Harvest Restaurant at Laborie
Master of Ceremonies was Stephen Richardson of  Mellasat Vineyards. Stephen is the President of the Paarl Wine Route
Sponsor of the Paarl Wine Awards, Zoyon Le Sueur of Collotype, who produce labels for the wine industry
The awards
The first course of moist smoked chicken with raw apple, beetroot, sprouts and pine nuts with a lime dressing was very refreshing and went very well with the white wine served, the KWV Mentors Semillon 2013 and the Chardonnay 2012 both were prize winners
The audience listens to Guest speaker Katinka van Niekerk’s speech
Cellarmaster Razvan Macici and White Wine maker Natasha Williams of Nederburg
Katinka presenting some of the awards to the worthy winners from Perdeberg
The white wine trophy went to Perdeberg for their 2014 Sauvignon Blanc
Proudly received by ??
Kobus van der Merwe, winemaker at Laborie, receiving an award for the Top MCC which went to KWV’s Laborie Brut 2010

Stephen Richardson having a word with Analize Stroebel
She presented this enormous bouquet to Katinka van Niekerk
We shared our table with Marketing Director of KWV, Jeff Gradwell, with his wife Lize-Marie
The proud trophy winners
Main course was a lovely tender piece of beef fillet on a gratin of potatoes with a good caramelised parsnip and horseradish cream sauce and was topped some rather odd sweetened raw parsnips. On our table we had the wining Rhebokskloof Shiraz 2011, The Perold and the Taillefert. There were also tables at either end of the cellar where one could taste all of the winning wines
Entertainment during dinner was provided
Dessert was a Melktert (custard tart) pannacotta, redolent with cinnamon, a praline ice cream, a rooibos jelly and a biscuit crumble. This was served with a beautiful Nederburg Noble Late Harvest dessert wine

© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2014

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