Monday, July 27, 2015

Doolhof throws a wine and food extravaganza to showcase their new releases

This was held at La Mouette restaurant in Sea Point on Friday. Media and wine trade people had a lovely day inside at long tables warmed by the fireplace tasting through the wines and eating a delicious 5 course meal paired with them.
A warm welcome in the bar with a glass of the 2015 Cape Crane Chenin Blanc served with La Mouette’s signature truffle croquettes and a roasted garlic aioli. L to R Neil Proudfoot of Wine Concepts, Broadcaster Guy McDonald, Luvo Ntezo, Sommelier at The One and Only Hotel, Blogger Julian Richfield and Lynne
Two warm rooms set up for lunch and the tasting
The wines to be served
The Doolhof presence
Broadcaster Guy McDonald, Johané Nielson from Tuis/Home magazine and Cathy Marsden of WSET
Taking our seats
General Manager Johan Fourie tells us what is happening on Doolhof and about the 10 new wines they are about to release, which represent the three tiers of Doolhof’s wine portfolio, The Signature range, The Doolhof Legends of the Labyrinth range, as well as the Cape Series range
New winemaker Gielie Beukes, who is, to quote from the press pack "an exceptional winemaker with local and international winemaking experience, (who) says the wines speak of nature and man working respectfully together in harmony." He has been in the wine industry for 13 years and has worked in Paarl, Franschhoek, Stellenbosch , the Overberg and also spent several years overseas, most notably in Bordeaux
The menu
The first course (of 5) before....
...the soup is added. Celeriac soup, soft baked celeriac, apple slivers, and king mushrooms with a truffle dressing. Absolutely perfect, a creamy velouté with lovely added accents and the perfect match for the 2015 Sauvignon Blanc. We found it fought a bit with the crisp 2015 Chardonnay
The second course from wizard chef Henry Vigar: House cured duck ham and duck liver parfait served with a rhubarb, pistachio and port syrup. The dish was topped with long pieces of melba toast. It was very rich and satisfying and delightful with both the fruity 2012 Signatures Malbec and the savoury 2012 Single Vineyard Cabernet Franc
The 3rd course was a smoky mash, on top of a small portion of rich concentrated beef shin marmalade with charred onion slices. It was like the deepest savoury stew you have ever eaten, very comforting food. It was served with a beef consommé poured on the dish at the table. This came with the Signatures 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, soft and sweet on the nose, more grippy tannins on the cassis palate; and the elegant Lady in Red 2009 Bordeaux blend full of violets, cassis, chocolate and mulberries with lots of dark wood on the end
Making notes as Johan talks about the wine pairing
The other table enjoying their lunch and wine
Swirling glasses, reading the notes, tasting and making notes too
Tasting portions of two wines - we only taste, we do not get through a lot of wine at these lunches, as many have to drive afterwards
The 4th course, the main one was Crispy lamb shoulder and some perfectly cooked fillet. Lynne thought it was a portion too large to contemplate but is disappeared. It was served with some pickled turnips, blackened wild garlic, buffalo fromage blanc, a watercress puree and some puffed barley which added a nice crunch of texture. The paired wines were the 2011 Legend of the Labyrinth Theseus - amaretto cherries on the nose, rhubarb fruit with dark wood on the palate. And the 2013 Single Vineyard Pinotage. Herbaceous and meaty on the nose made it a great match with the lamb
Journalists Graham Howe and Maryna Strachan in deep discussion
5th and last course was almost the bridge too far: Warm oozy sticky chocolate brownies with smoked caramel, rich coffee cream, a hazelnut ice cream and amaretto jelly. Paired with the Legend of the 2013 Labyrinth Dark Lady, a coffee chocolate Pinotage, with sweet fruit and a long aftertaste
Johan and Gielie with Pearl Oliver, Sommelier at the Mount Nelson Hotel
The tasting organising team: Winemaker Gielie Beukes, PRO Nicolette Waterford, Tasting room manager Susan Smit & General Manager Johan Fourie
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2015
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