Time 4 Wine was hosted by the popular harlequin restaurant, in Groenkloof.
Vrede en Lust is a family owned and operated wine estate in the beautiful Franschhoek Valley, South Africa.
Nico Davel is the Brand Ambassador for Vrede en Lust and was as entertaining as ever with his interesting stories about the history of this estate and his comical song choices to introduce each wine.
On the menu:
- Vrede en Lust Dry Rose (grapes from Simonsberg-Paarl) - Explosion of ripe red cherries, watermelon and strawberry, combined with red summer fruit flavours on the nose followed a smooth, mouth watering finish. 80% Pinotage 20% Shiraz.
Pairing: This juicy, fruity wine was paired with an equally juicy and fruity canapé of Strawberry, brie and basil pesto.
- Vrede en Lust White Mischief (grapes from Elgin) - Unique blend of 5 white grapes! Citrus, floral and tropical notes on the nose are followed with hints of white pear and fruit salad on the palate. Soft, beautifully balanced mouth-feel. No pairing
Casey's Ridge Early Mist Riesling (grapes from Elgin) - The Natural Sweet Riesling is an elegant wine showcasing the sweeter style of Riesling. The wine shows sweet blossom fragrance, notes of honeysuckle and gooseberry. Bright lemon zest acidity balances the natural sugar levels in the wine, resulting in a finely balanced wine.
Pairing: Sweeter wines pair well with spicy food so we decided on Mini Samoosas.
Vrede en Lust Syrah (grapes from Simonsberg-Paarl) - A Rhone style Shiraz showing violets, plums and sweet spice. The smooth tannins on the palate confirm the promise of this elegant wine. Velvet textured layers showcases this wine through to a juicy mouth feel.
Pairing: Fillet with a black currant sauce - Syrah is a medium-full bodied red wine which pairs well with red meat. A black currant sauce was added to enhance the black fruit flavours typical of Syrah.
Vrede en Lust Boet Erasmus (grapes from Simonsberg-Paarl) - Bordeaux style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Dominant dark berry aromas, followed by pencil shavings and cedar on the nose. Layers of flavours with clean lines. A wonderful balance between the elegance of the wine, oak and the purity of the fruit.
Paired with a cheese platter - The older harder cheeses pair well with this Bordeaux style blend for example gouda & cheddar.
Compliments to Neil (chef & owner & Frits (manager & owner) @ The harlequin Restaurant.They never seem to disappoint.
Thank you to all our loyal wine club members for attending and to all the new wine lovers for joining us. Keep an eye on our events calendar for upcoming events: http://www.pretoria.co.za/events
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