Sunday, October 25, 2015

Fleur du Cap launches Unfiltered Chenin blanc and Pinotage

Fleur du Cap launched their new unfiltered 2014 Chenin Blanc and 2014 Pinotage at an exciting new venue in Oranjezicht on the 14th. It was a little hard to find using the GPS on our phones but thanks to helpful locals we did find our way to the historic Platteklip Wash House where centuries of servants and slaves came to do their masters' washing. It is managed by the Parks Board. A great place for weddings, and other medium sized functions if you have a PR or wedding budget
Wine was being served on the terrace under the trees and some good canapés circulated. Everyone was delighted to hear Chef Craig Cormack was doing the food, as he never disappoints
Sommelier Higgo Jacobs, cellarmaster Wim Truter and André Morgenthal of WOSA, chatting
Wim Truter opened proceedings and told us about the wine and the new labels
We also tasted the newly released 2015 Sauvignon Blanc
Chenin blanc and Chardonnay
Eco seating under the trees
Wim Truter introduced Kristen Basson, who makes the red wines
Media listening
PR consultant Gudrun Clark makes the final arrangements as it is time to move inside for lunch at the long table
Nadia Anthony, Junior brand manager, Fleur du Cap, with Chef Craig Cormack
Lots of chat as we taste the unfiltered Chenin Blanc. It is grassy and tropical and leesy and very refreshing with a touch of minerality
Warm bread rolls
The menu
The local poached trout was in a gentle broth with fresh peas, boiled potatoes & cooked and blanched waterblommetjies
Chef tells us about the food and the pairing with the wines
The main course of tender loin of kudu in an unusual but delicious Cape gooseberry sauce, fried gnudi dumplings, and seasonal vegetables to pair with the unfiltered Pinotage
Winemaker Pieter Badenhorst
Served with dessert: Fleur du Cap's sensational 2011 Noble Late Harvest, honey sweet but supported by good acidity
Dessert was a selection of mini bites of classic cape puddings: a malva pudding, a koosuster, a cheesecake, a wonderful semi freddo and a Queen of Puddings
The Fleur du Cap team with the Pinotage
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2015

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