Thursday, August 27, 2015

Big Bottle Festival, The Cape Town Club

And what a social affair this festival was. Held at The Cape Town Club in Queen Victoria Street, it is a chance to taste wines matured in big bottles from magnum size(contains 2 bottles) and upwards. You may not know that wine matures much better in a bigger bottle and of course they are very useful for parties and large dinners. The wine farms taking part had tables on both floors in all the available rooms and some of the top chefs from those wine farms were doing food to complement the wines. It was incredibly well attended so it was a little crowded and because we had a fantastic warm Spring day, it was rather hot. Air conditioning is needed. The wines were magnificent

Cathy Grier, Anne Ferreira and Sandra Engelen. Sandra has just bought the Restaurant at Chart Farm
Ken Forrester and his assistant pourer with his marvellous FMC (Forrester Meinert Chenin or, as we know it in the trade, eFFFing Marvellous Chenin)
He also had magnums of this Grenache Syrah and two vintages of The Gypsy
Julian Brewer pouring Villiera Tradition MCC bubbly
The girls on the Drappier Champagne stand with a happy customer
Nicola Jenvey, Durban journalist, and Norman McFarlane tasting Adam Mason’s  Mulderbosch Chenin blanc
Delaire Graff had magnums of their Coastal Cuvée Sauvignon blanc
Duncan Savage was getting lots of attention for his Cape Point Isleidh
A chef from Catharina’s at Steenberg with his mussel soup
Juicy mussels waiting for their soup
The crowd in the front room
Dead soldiers of Jacquart Champagne
Christa von la Chevallerie and Mark Oosthuizen having a happy afternoon
Domaine de Dieux showed both their Rose of Sharon and the award winning Claudia MCC Brut
Michelle Elford showing their double magnum of Jacques Bruère MCC
JD Pretorius on the Steenberg stand was admirably pouring the Nebbiolo from this huge heavy bottle into that tiny decanter. The wine was lively, fruity and fun, definitely a food wine
The chefs from Bombay Brasserie at the Taj hotel had a very spicy, delicious Indian lamb aushak
The Graham Beck Brut was hugely popular
In the smoking room. Sadly, the smoke was wafting into the tasting areas
A view from the first floor of the octagonal hallway
Michelle van Eeden and Thomas Webb on the Thelema/Sutherland stand
The big man Nils Verburg with his amazing Luddite Shiraz.
Natalie Opstaele with the Almenkerk 2011 Syrah
German Consul General Klaus Stoss getting a taste of the Almenkerk 2011 Syrah
That leg once had meat on it! Sebastian and Nici Beaumont with their 2013 Beaumont Chenin blanc Demi-sec
Duncan Savage, Jennifer Holmes and Luke O’Cuinnegan having fun
Time to pack up and go home. All the bottles were empty
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2015

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