Thursday, July 25, 2019

DGB Trade Show at the Mount Nelson

Two trade wine shows this week and they could not have been more different. The first was Douglas Green Bellingham (DGB), held at the Mount Nelson. We began as we usually do with a tasting of the MCCs from Graham Beck and once again fell in love with the Blanc de Blanc, so crisp and seductive. We chatted with Chris du Toit GEO of Graham Beck Enterprises
Kerry Kirby handles sales for Steenberg and Graham Beck and we enjoyed tasting the Steenberg Christina Bordeaux blend, the Merlot and the superb Nebbiolo with her
Kerry Kirby with Heather Poulos, Steenberg's Marketing Manager
Wow, the best way to supply food to the hungry trade that we have ever seen. They (and we) come after (and some, before)
work and need something to line the stomach while tasting wine. No elusive canapés passing in the distance,
but a well supplied table groaning with easy to eat delicious food
Pork and Pistachio terrine and good salami
The Gravadlax salmon was in a gentle herb marinade
An assortment of bread and crackers
A good selection of cheese, grapes, preserved figs and dried apricots, apple and mango
Very good scotch eggs; the sausage meat had lots of flavour
And a huge selection of dips and patés
Good Parma ham
James Gower, Premium Brand Manager at DGB (Pty) Ltd, on the Franschhoek Cellar table
We really like the branding of this wine from Franschhoek Cellars, a blend of their best wines:
The Last Elephant 2017. a Bordeaux blend of Merlot 52%; Cabernet Sauvignon 29%; Cab Franc 10%, .Malbec 9%
Great news that Boschendal winemaker Lizelle Gerber of Boschendal is soon to join Nederburg as Cellarmaster
Kathy van Niekerk and Lizelle Gerber
Why are Grandwill and Gaynor Johnson the only people sitting down? ...
... They are having their caricature done by talented Peter Mascher!
We really enjoyed these two French Quarter wines from Old Road Wines. The 2016 white is a blend of Roussanne, Marsanne, Grenache Blanc and Semillon; a very modern wine in South Africa as we head for warmer temperatures and these Southern Rhône grape varietals are so successful. Full, round and fruity, but with depth and so good with food. R150/R156. The 2015 red is Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre, a deep dark composition of good fruit and enjoyment
On the Old Road Wines table, where they bill themselves as The Quirky Ones. Works for us!
Wayne Morris, Vergelegen National Sales Manager and Marese Swanepoel
we will be seeing Wayne Morris on the farm soon
Richard Duckitt, Bellingham winemaker, with his lovely wines
It was a dash to get round all the stands as there were so many excellent wines to sample
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