Thursday, October 25, 2018

This Week’s MENU. Prescient Chardonnay Report, Malanot wines at Table Seven, Stellenbosch Cabernet, 95 at Parks lunch, Lemon Chicken in Paprika, Thelema Cabernet

Weltevrede vineyards and the Breede River as it flows through Bonnievale
Summer has hit us with a bang. Not much more than a week ago, we were still lighting a fire in the living room’s little cast iron stove. Now we are sweltering in 36º heat and the weather gurus tell us that we ain’t seen nuthin’ yet. We will be visiting Robertson on Sunday through Tuesday to visit Wine on the River and a few farms and we’ve been told to expect 44ºC there. In the Cape, every year, with the heat comes fire and this week has seen a devastating wildfire at Vermaaklikheid in the Southern Cape, a fire in Khayelitsha which made several thousand people homeless and a catastrophic wine warehouse fire. In the latter, Nativo Wines lost all their stock, Kleine Zalze and Stellenbosch Vineyards suffered significant losses and Spier is waiting for an assessment of damage to some of their valuable collection of older wines. We were invited to a tasting of the Spier vintage wines which has now been postponed; a disappointment, but nothing compared to the loss experienced by many others. If you'd like to help the people who lost their homes in Khayelitsha, money donations can be made to the Mayoral Relief Fund as follows: Nedbank Account: 1158667043 Branch code: 198765 Ref: A009
On a much happier note, the finalists for this year’s Diners Club Winemaker of the Year Awards have been announced. The finalists are Arco Laarman (Laarman Cellar Services at Avondale Wines), Ronell Wiid (Bartinney Private Cellar), Clayton Reabow (Môreson), Andries Burger (Paul Cluver Estate), Carl van der Merwe (DeMorgenzon) and Murray Barlow (Rustenberg Wines). The Young Winemaker of the Year finalists are Bobby Wallace (Iona Vineyards), Juandré Bruwer (Diemersdal Estate), Philip Viljoen (Bon Courage Estate), Rudger van Wyk (Stark-Condé Wines) and Philip Theron (Glen Carlou). The winners will be announced at a gala dinner at La Residence in Franschhoek on November 24th

This year, the Prescient Chardonnay Awards presentation was held at the new Norval Art Gallery on Steenberg wine estate in Constantia. It was our first visit and we were very impressed and intend to visit again to see more of the gallery and eat in the restaurant which we hear is goodWe gathered downstairs on the terrace with a glass of Steenberg MCC…

Cape Wine Master Marius Malan makes his Malanot Wines on Summerhill estate in Stellenbosch from bought in grapes (he also makes their wine). We were given an opportunity to meet him and taste his wines this week at a very good venue in Salt RiverTable Seven is not a conventional restaurant…

An interesting invitation to this event, one we were keen to attend. The chance to taste and possibly future purchase En Primeur 2017 vintage Cabernet Sauvignons from 32 of the best producers in Stellenbosch. They group themselves under the title Stellenbosch Cabernet Collective. Wine Cellar was involved and you could place your orders with them. This is a varietal that Stellenbosch excels at and they produce wines that echo Bordeaux in style and weight even though our climates and terroir could not be more different….

A memorable lunch at 95 at Parks restaurant this week brought back lots of memories. It was where we had our first official date, on Lynne’s birthday 19 years ago. And, sadly, this was the first time we had been back. It was then under the expert hand of Michael Olivier. Now, the restaurant is ably run by Giorgio Nava who also has 95 Keerom, 95 at Morgenster and Carne. It has an Italian theme and Lynne had spotted a voucher on Hyperli for their current special, which prompted our long delayed visit. We love proper Italian food (and we don't mean pasta and pizza) and the menu had Lynne’s favourite dish, Fegato (liver), which the Italians do so well. The house has a large vegetable garden and the produce is used in the dishes. Inside, some large murals from the past…

A simple and very aromatic supper dish for two. This would be good with crusty rolls or ciabatta bread to soak up the juices. And delicious served with a good Chenin Blanc. We enjoyed it with the Ormonde Chip off the Old Block Chenin from Darling

Tasted at the Cabernet Sauvignon Collective held at Lanzerac this week, we were so impressed with this wine. We were invited to a master class of some older wines paired with their current iterations. Put this wine into context: we tasted it with seven other wines, all of which were very noteworthy. The winemaker, Rudi Schultz, took us through the tasting…

25th October 2018

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