Friday, September 25, 2015

Robertson Wine Route dinner at The Twelve Apostles

Robertson went to town with their event this year and brought its wines to a gala dinner at the 12 Apostles Hotel on Tuesday night. It was made up of the producers who were showcasing their wines at Cape Wine and was a glittering occasion.
We were transported to the event in a fleet of classic cars - This is a 1938 Hupmobile
and we were taken in a very appropriate Ford Pilot from 1936
The driver says the cars are much admired and many of them belong to his father, who has lovingly restored them
We were having fun and reliving lots of memories in the back seat
Lynne finding out what our friend Elizma Botha (née Spangenberg) - Wine Route Manager is going to do next. She is leaving Robertson Wine Valley to go and work with her husband. The new Manager will be announced any day now. Elizma has safely and ably guided and assisted the Robertson Wine Valley through many successful festivals and functions. She will be missed
Robertson MCCs were served as a welcome drink
Table settings
Dinner was a buffet and these are the desserts
The starters and salads. All the food was labelled
The carvery waiting for the meat to arrive from the kitchen
There were lots of Robertson wines to taste or drink with dinner
Our table with Johann de Wet of De Wetshof, an overseas buyer, Sommelier Miguel Chan of the Tsogo Sun group, Christine Rudman, our ex principal at the Cape Wine Academy when we studied wine, Horst Frehse, MD of the 12 Apostles hotel chatting to Lynne. His wife Barbara joined the table later
The menu
Every table had a superb display of local proteas and ericas from the Robertson valley
We were able to taste the 1991 Finesse, one of Dewetshof’s great chardonnays. It was extremely, full of flavour and quite delicious, drinking beautifully despite its age. Our chardonnays do age extremely well
Horst offering us more wine to taste
Another wonderful wine with supper was the Springfield 2004 Methode Ancienne Cabernet Sauvignon; full of ripe berries with soft wood and tannins and lots of elegance and class
And amongst many other good and interesting wines, we could also taste a Springfield 2001 Special Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc. It was a great evening
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2015
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