Friday, September 07, 2018

John Collins Wines Annual Trade Tasting at Den Anker Restaurant & Bar, V&A Waterfront

Time for the Annual Trade tasting of John Collins' list of wines,
held at a favourite venue, Den Anker restaurant in the V&A Waterfront
Emma Bruwer with Le Lude MCC Bubblies. They have such wonderful quality
Pouring wines on the Springfield stand
The Springfield Méthode Ancienne Cabernet Sauvignon
and on ice the Méthode Ancienne Chardonnay and the Wild Yeast Chardonnay; both different, both very good wines. And their 2015 Pinot Noir. Abrie Bruwer doesn't make it every vintage, but when he does, it is usually very special

The newly released Life From Stone Sauvignon Blanc and their other Sauvignon Blanc, the Special Cuvée are always interesting to taste at this early stage. Each year, they vie for position as to which is the best. And this can change during the year. We love them both. Miss Lucy is the blend of Pinot Gris, Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc, a good white blend
The canapés were hot, very plentiful and delicious. These were bitterballen on good mustard
Bevan Newton Johnson with their range of excellent wines from the Hemel and Aarde Valley. The Pinot Noirs are so impressive; The Newton Johnson family will have their Windandsea Pinot in the Cape Winemakers Guild Auction this month. And the Chardonnays are really impressing us this year
Huge headless prawns were consumed in numbers by Lynne; one of her favourite things
Chef Pieter van Wyk tasting some of the Jordan wines with other members of the industry
Aimee Beaumont of Wine Cellar has some Cold Fact Sauvignon Blanc poured for her
by Marcha Cooke on the Jordan stand. They also have an impressive range
Jordan Marketing Manager Thea van der Merwe
with The Long Fuse Cabernet Sauvignon,
something new from this successful farm
Den Anker is a Belgian Restaurant and this is one of their top specialities, mussels
Izette du Plessis, Portfolio Manager at Liquidity,
and Ellerman House Sommelier Melusi Magodhi
enjoying the evening
Sommelier partners Isabella Immenkamp and Joakim Hansi Blackadder, aka Kimi. He is this year’s South African Gaggenau Sommelier and Ambassador and will represent us in the International Gaggenau Sommeliers’ competition in China in October. Isabella is restaurant manager at Glenelly Estate's The Vine Bistro in Stellenbosch
John Collins himself, chatting to Chris Keet while they taste Chris's 2013 First Verse
Chris has always made phenomenal wines, this is another. You really need to taste it, soon
It is a classic Bordeaux blend of blend of 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc, 12% Petit Verdot and 6% Malbec
David Sonnenberg of Diemersfontein with Jan van Huyssteen of Rickety Bridge
It was a superb evening of good wines. John represents a very good list of wine producers
We left as evening fell; the V&A Waterfront started to light up and the rain began to fall

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