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A Taste of South Africa, 28.02.2020

Guest speaker: Julie Maitland; Host: Anthony Borges

Chef: Dominic Carter

Paul Cluver Riesling, Elgin 2018 £16.99

PROPER Riesling, grown in shale rich soils with 19g/l residual sugar. This lovely Riesling has appealing blossomy aromas, followed by a fleshy sweet mouthful of green apple and citrus fruits.  There is a great interplay between the naturally retained residual sugar and the wine`s limey acidity. Its minerality adds to the wine`s structure and lingering after taste. 100% Riesling.

Bouchard Finlayson `Sans Barrique` Chardonnay, Cape South Coast 2018, £16.99

The “Sans Barrique” cuvée comes from fruit grown on two unique vineyard sites and sees no wood, which is the key to its crisp, clean personality. It is fresh and lemony with notes of pear, quince and orange blossom. A focused wine with a lively, bracing core, it finishes with a creamy hint which expands over the length of the palate. 100% Chardonnay

Donkiesbaai Steen, Piekenierskloof 2018, £26.99

This wine is from high-altitude Chenin Blanc grapes (known as Steen locally) from the mountainous Piekenierskloof wine region. It exhibits a parade of white peach, wax and dried herbs/fynbos aromas. Richly flavoured, the palate is of crunchy apple, yellow fruit and lemon cream underscored by a cracking line of acidity and a persistent saline finish. 100% Chenin Blanc Platter: 4.5* Tim Atkin MW: 90 pts

Catherine Marshall `On Sandstone` Pinot Noir, Elgin 2018, £18.99

Catherine Marshall embraces a minimalist and natural approach to winemaking with attention to the integrity of Pinot Noir specifically cultivated on lighter, sandstone soils. The wine has a purity of fruit encompassing a spectrum of aromas and flavours, of pomegranate, cranberry and red cherry fruits supported by an elegant and savoury frame, finishing long and complex. Reminiscent of a fine Beaune. 9-12 months in French oak. 100% Pinot Noir. Platter: 4.5* Tim Atkin MW: 91 pts
Rustenberg John X Merriman, Stellenbosch 2017, £16.99

A great estate, this wine, a Bordeaux style red wine blend, is named after a previous 19th century owner. The John X Merriman is a powerful wine that rewards aging. In its youth the wine is worth decanting and expresses cassis, black currant and dark fruits complemented with cigar tobacco and sour cherry notes. As the wine ages and its fine-grained tannins soften a velvety texture develops revealing wonderful drinkability and tertiary complexity. 20 months in French oak. A blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc.

Rust En Vrede Estate Wine, Stellenbosch 2016,  £34.99

This is Rust En Vrede`s flagship wine, a veritable reflection of its terroir and another wine that ages well. Aromas are of blackberry, backed by hints of fresh leather, tobacco leaf and dark chocolate. The palate replicates the nose with earthy flavours brought forward by dark fruits, leading to a lengthy finish with soft, velvety tannins. This is a complex wine of substance, focus and fruit intensity. 22 months in French oak. 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Syrah, 9% Merlot. Platter: 5* Tim Atkin MW: 92 pts

Kaapzicht “Skuinsberg” Old Bush Vine Cinsaut, Stellenbosch 2018, £18.99

Skuinsberg is Kaapzicht`s steepest slope, where these old bush vines grow relatively small bunches of intense, brambly fruit. Fermentation is carried out in 500l French oak casks.  The wine has a lovely savoury character with sun-dried strawberry, red cherry, redcurrant and a bramble berry fruit nose. Full and fleshy on the palate, the red fruits have a delicious sour note and saline acidity, finishing long. 100% Cinsaut

Lemberg Wine Estate “Louis” Tulbagh 2016, £21.99

Wild herb-scented Mediterranean style red from Tulbagh Valley, surrounded by mountains.   The wine is intense in colour, with aromas of dark fruit, spice and earth. The palate is complex, with plush mulberry and raspberry fruits beautifully backed up by well-integrated oak. The full body and juicy tannins give way to a lengthy, elegant finish. 18 months French oak. A blend of 52% Syrah, 32% Mourvèdre and 12% Grenache.

Hooiwijn Donkiesbaai, Piekenierskloof, South Africa 2016 (half-bottle), £22.99

“Hooiwijn” translates to ‘straw wine’ in Afrikaans, which refers to the straw racking used to dry the grapes in the making of this sweet wine. The racks are turned twice a week by hand and the juices concentrate. The resultant wine is a complex sweet wine with notes of apricot, peach, pineapple, honeysuckle and caramel. The wine shows excellent balance between sweetness and acidity, with a long, lingering, fresh finish. 100% Chenin Blanc (Steen)



Baked Cod Fillet Creamy Cauliflower Puree & Beurre Noisette

Oregano & Garlic Marinated Chicken Roasted Squash, Red onion & Green Olive Chunky Tomato, Red Pepper and Basil Vinaigrette

Grilled Bavette Steak Charred Sweetcorn & Cherry Vine Tomatoes Chimichurri Sauce

Wine Centre`s Cheese Board

Stem Ginger and White Chocolate Crème Brulée Shortbread Biscuits

February 28th, 2020


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