Monday, October 12, 2015

Argentine evening at Savoy Cabbage with Nativo wines

Sipping Nativo Wines at the Savoy Cabbage to Argentine Tango
Another well conceived function this week. Billy Hughes, born in Argentina, moved to South Africa when he was a young man and he now owns a farm in Malmesbury, where he makes Nativo wines. We were invited to taste these wines, paired with Argentine inspired food, prepared by chef Peter Pankhurst at the Savoy Cabbage and the meal was accompanied by tango played by Tango Jazz Quartet (from Buenos Aires, Argentina)
The event was fully booked and the restaurant was buzzing
They produce two Swartland wines . A white blend, currently of Viognier, Chenin, Grenache Blanc and Rousanne, which is floral, fruity and very drinkable. The Viognier peach flavours predominate. The red is a blend of Shiraz, Mourvedre, Grenache, Pinotage and Tempranillo, all warm climate wines. It is spicy and sweet on the tongue and goes well with spicy robust food, especially meat. The contents of the wines change each year, so they optimise the character and quality of the grapes
The Tango Jazz Quartet played on the balcony. It was more jazz than the dramatic tango we expected, so Lynne was not inspired to get up and dance
Billy Hughes with a guest
The menu for the evening
Grilled Provolone cheese with a chorizo sausage, not as spicy as the Spanish version
A good hunk of rump steak, the way Argentina likes it. It had great flavour and we loved the garlic & parsley Chimichurri sauce but, sadly, it was rather tough
The vegetarian main course option
Creamy Flan for dessert with Dolce de leche sauce and a strawberry coulis. Flan is another name for a crème caramel. Dolce de leche is cooked milk reduced for hours with sugar added. Rather like our caramelised condensed milk
Wicked Alfajores biscuits, plain and coated in chocolate. A traditional Argentine favourite, they are sandwiched together with Dolce de leche
We took along two South African 2000 vintage Malbecs from our cellar as a gift to our hosts. Both were opened and drunk with relish. Who says our wine doesn’t last? The Bellevue was wild and fruity (as it has always been) the Fairview soft and elegant with gentle fruit. Both were elegantly mature, with a few years left in them
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2015

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