Pink fizz among best in west for festive menus
ASELECTION of wines from Western Cape cellars, that could be among the best in the west, has been chosen to partner a festive menu for Christmas, New Year or any celebratory occasion. The wines are, with one exception, recent releases, which consumers are likely to find at their favourite boutiques as well as at the cellars of origin.
To start the meal in style, some fine bubbles in onion skin hue: Allee Bleue’s 2012 Brut Rosé Cap Classique, a blend of mostly pinotage with some chenin blanc and a little pinot noir, offers wafts of strawberries and apple and is creamy and crisp.
It’s also the ideal aperitif to convert doubters who still think pink fizz is not worth drinking.
A luxurious seafood salad makes the first course, demanding a stylish sauvignon blanc as an accompaniment.
Boschendal recently launched their limited production Appellation series of Elgin wines – a chardonnay, pinot noir and elegant 2012 sauvignon blanc, (R195) which has already collected its first gold at the Michelangelo Awards.
Citrus and granadilla on the nose leads to a fine balance of delicacy and minerality.
Main courses that cater for both vegetarians and carnivores are up next, the former a mixed mushroom and blue cheese mousse, sauced with wholegrain mustardspiked reduced chenin.
This will be complemented with a brilliant 2013 unoaked chenin blanc from Annex Kloof ’s Xenna range. Produced from old Swartland vines, it’s concentrated yet fresh, crisp and packed with fruit, selling for an astonishing R35.
Find it at the farm (free delivery of cases), at their farmstall on the N7 or from 5ounces.co.za.
Two red blends will enhance courses starring lamb, beef or veni- son. Iemanjá 2009 (R140) is an exciting blend of mostly touriga nacional with tinta barocca, made from mature Swartland vines – a fairly unique and powerful example of Micu Narunsky’s talent and dedication. For details, see www.micunarunsky.com.
The number of quality shirazes flowing from Cape cellars keeps increasing, making it difficult to settle on a single label.
But, the Oldenburg Vineyards Syrah 2010 ( R200) wins as it’s plummy aromas and rich berry flavours make it a festive choice likely to please most palates.
And so to dessert, where the 2012 vintage of Fleur du Cap’s Noble Late Harvest is as irresistible as its predecessors. The Bergkelder cellar pairs this with Maldon salted fudge, a glorious indulgence, but this fivestar patrician will enhance a range of finales, including blue-veined cheese.
Another five-star Platter winner waits to be served with coffee: KWV’s 15-year-old Alambic is a fullbodied potstill limited release with a string of awards to its name. The flavours of Christmas – dried fruit and spiced nuts – offer the palate a finale that’s perfectly in keeping.
VINEYARD WITH A VIEW: Lofty Elgin vines are the source of Boschendal’s Appellation sauvignon blanc.
CHEERS FOR SHIRAZ: Oldenburg Vineyards winemaker and viticulturist Simon Thompson in merry mood.