Gourmet welcome to red duo
IT WAS not your everyday midday meal. In a small marquee set on the lawns at Druk-my-niet’s, Andrea Mayer, a two-star Michelin chef from Schloss Prielau, Austria, presented a four-course gourmet lunch from the farmhouse kitchen.
Looking relaxed, but keeping an eagle eye on proceedings both inside and across the al fresco dining scene, he defied convention more than once, presenting a duo of crayfish with white asparagus and beetroot sauced with reduced cabernet sauvignon, followed with shoulder of Angus beef and glazed baby onions with an Invictus fusion, this being the new flagship wine.
Rare grilled duck breast was accompanied by red cabbage and teamed with the 2009 T3, a unique blend of Mediterranean cultivars.
Middle Europe came to the fore with a finale of variations on Bavarian cheese with a pear crème brûlée, partnered by grappa made from the same three Med cultivars by Helmut Wilderer.
The occasion was the launch of Druk My Niet’s flagship red duo, and friends and neighbours from near and far celebrated at the boutique cellar on this historic Dal Josafat farm.
The 2009 Invitus (R180), composed of just over half merlot and more or less equal quantities of cabernet and cab franc, has already attracted gold. It pleases the palate now, but will probably peak in about three years’ time.
The 2009 T3 (R280), made from tinta amarella and tempranillo planted on the farm in 2004, and tannat bought in from Wellington, is Iberian in character; backbone from the tempranillo complemented by fruit from the tinta amarello, with tannat providing natural acidity. This wine calls for dishes starring morcilla or chorizo.
Georg and Dorothee Kirchner have notched up an impressive list of achievements since they moved to the Boland from Germany. Restoration of the original cellar and renovation of the farmstead were accompanied by planting 10ha with vines. Alien vegetation on the mountain has been replaced by fynbos and vineyard practices are sustainable and mostly biodynamic, both in the capable hands of winemaker Abraham de Klerk.
Visitors should taste the 2010 Mapoggo White (R50), a blend of sauvignon with chenin and a little viognier, and the Mapoggo red (R60), which combines cab franc with cab and a little merlot.
ADVENTUROUS: Druk-my-niet winemaker Abraham de Klerk.