Monday, July 20, 2015

Baleia Wines launches their new label at The Twelve Apostles

Baleia Winery in Riversdale wanted to celebrate the launch of their new corporate identity and website and introduce their new wine labels, designed by renowned Graphic Artist Anthony Lane, to the trade and Media. They did it at a celebration dinner at the 12 Apostles Hotel on Friday evening. It was another really stormy night, but most of the invited made it despite the deluge and a great evening was had by all

A warm welcome awaited us upstairs in one of the function rooms
With the new, about to be released Sauvignon Blanc, available to taste with some good canap├ęs
We get to see the elegant new labels on the white wines
and on the reds
Time to go down to dinner in the tented marquee, where many weddings are held
The room was warmed by lots of space heaters as the storm raged outside
Opening speech by Isak Nieuwoudt, Baleia’s sales manager
Maryna Strachan with her husband Paul
Photograph please! Shante Hutton of
Siobhan Thompson, CEO of Wines of South Africa, with Cape Wine Master Winnie Bowman
The starter for the evening was divine. A pea risotto topped with perfectly cooked prawns and served with the Baleia classic, crisp Sauvignon Blanc or the lightly wooded Chardonnay which is buttery, leesy and full of fresh citrus with a kick of salt.
Owner of the farm Jan-Hendrik Joubert, tells us about the new labels and what is happening on the farm
Main course was belly of pork on a butternut puree with crackling curls. Some portions were a bit fatty, but the flavour of it and the jus was very good and it went very well with the Baleia Pinot Noir, full of dusty violets, vanilla and strawberries on the nose, then sweet & sour red cherries on the elegant palate. This will age very well
Crackling anyone?
Winemaker Jacques Geldenhuys tells us about the wine and their plans for the future
Dessert, sadly, was not up to scratch. Dry chocolate cake crumbs with a dollop of vanilla ice cream is not what we have come to expect from The Twelve Apostles kitchen. Could try harder folks.. However it was a great evening, enjoyed by all and showcasing their lovely wines well
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2015
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