Friday, October 12, 2018

This Week’s MENU. Blaauwklippen Blending Competition, Yonder Hill, Cuccina di Giovanni, Veritas Awards, Vanilla Panna Cotta, Constantia Royale Sauvignon

Evening in the Devon Valley, Stellenbosch. From the terrace at Landtscap

Most of our weeks are busy. This was busier than most. In addition to our usual round of activities, John has been filming a TV commercial, the first time he will appear in any advertising made for the SA market. The product is secret and cannot be revealed until it airs, so please don’t ask. Summer is making its appearance, heralded by the South-Easter and some lovely warm weather, but weather in the Cape is always a bit of a lottery and the true nature of the season is not usually known until the end of November, so don’t put away your winter woollies or your umbrella, you may still need them

Time for the awards, now in its 35th year. Every year Blaauwklippen holds a blending competition for wine clubs. Clubs who enter from all over South Africa, are sent four varietals and asked to make a certain type of blend. This year it was to be a playful but chic blend to enjoy anytime with friends & family, but with enough backbone to be savoured at a special occasion; from Shiraz 2017, Malbec 2017, Petit Verdot 2017 and Merlot 2017. We were welcomed by good snacks…

We visited Yonder Hill in the Helderberg ward of Stellenbosch on Saturday with our wine club. The Cellarmaster here is Abé Beukes. They made room for our large party in their tasting room and we had a wonderful time tasting the wines. They also had laid on a lovely cheese platter for us and we were given gifts of their olive oil from the farm owner Mr Naude has recently sold Olyfberg, always a great oil. A lovely warm welcome…

which is the longest running and most prestigious wine and brandy competition in South Africa, dating back to 1991, and is said by Bennie Howard CWM, who is the MC of the evening, to be the "Oscars of the South African Wine World". It is indeed always a very glamorous, formal black tie affair. The Awards Ceremony this year was held in the Ballroom of the Cape Town International Convention Centre in Cape Town. There is a formal dinner, served with winning wines and, this year, we were very excited to hear that the dishes would be by some of our top chefs. The Gold and Double Gold Medals are presented during dinner and afterwards there is coffee and a selection of winning brandy entries. This year’s awards can be viewed on the Veritas website Our story here...

Fresh berries are coming in and we are loving the quality of the strawberries this year. We had a bad Panna Cotta recently and thought we would give you our easy recipe which never seems to fail. See the whole recipe…

This is from Nova Zonnestraal, a Constantia vineyard which is believed to be one of the oldest in the Cape, but which has only been producing its own wines in the last five years. It is made from the farm’s own Sauvignon blanc, with an addition of 15% Semillon which is bought in, as their own Semillon vines are too young to be harvested. Herbaceous passion fruit and a very light pyrazine hint on the nose and the palate, with crisp varietal acidity, good mineral structure and a long finish. Read on…

12th October 2018

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