Cape Town – Nederburg Winemaster’s The Art of Nosing and Tasting
On the 3rd & 4th of June, guests from the Mother City where schooled in the art of “nosing and tasting” thanks to the teams from Nederburg Wines and the Southern Sun The Cullinan Hotel.
Guests were welcomed with a glass of Nederburg’s Winemaster’s Reserve Riesling 2014 before being seated in the elegant dining room of the hotel’s stylish Peach Tree restaurant.
Tsogo Sun Sommelier, Georgio Meletiou, joined us to share his best wine tasting tips & tricks. He showed that a good wine tasting can be completed in just 4 easy steps:
- Check for clarity.
- Give the wine a quick swirl to release the aromas.
- Nose the wine – in other words, get your nose in there and give it a good sniff. Take note of the aromas you pick up.
- And then finally, taste the wine – ensuring that you take a big enough sip to completely cover your palate.
To put these news skills to the test, guests were then guided through a little taste experiment. Georgio showed what a dramatic impact different food pairings can make to the taste of the wine and vice versa. He showed for example how Sauvignon Blanc matches perfectly with any kind of acidity and how a Shiraz pairs beautifully with a lot of spice.
This taste test was followed by a decadent 3 course dinner carefully paired with Nederburg’s Winemaster’s Reserve wines.
For starters guests enjoyed French onion soup with toasted gruyere brioche paired with Nederburg’s Winemaster’s Reserve Chardonnay 2014. This was followed by braised pulled lamb shoulder with a pea puree, Pommes dauphinoise and a Parisienne vegetable casserole paired with Nederburg Winemaster’s Reserve Merlot 2013.
To end of the evening on a sweet note, dessert came in the form of poached pear with walnut Malva pudding, butterscotch sauce & honey comb dust paired with Nederburg Winemaster’s Reserve Noble Late Harvest 2012.
We’d really like to thank Nederburg Wines for sharing their beautiful wines with us, the Southern Sun The Cullinan Hotel for providing the perfect setting and all of the incredible food, and Sommelier Georgio for keeping our guests captivated with all of his valuable wine tasting tips.
This was a true celebration of the perfect marriage between great food & wine.
Last but certainly not least, we’d also like to say a big thank you once again to Bernard Bruwer for all the beautiful photography of the evening. To see all of the photos from these two Cape Town sessions, do visit our Facebook page.
Nederburg Wines – http://www.nederburg.com/
Southern Sun The Cullinan Hotel – http://www.tsogosunhotels.com/hotels/the-cullinan/pages/overview.aspx#.VXWLZ6Yre1k
Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/comewinewithus
Photos by Bernard Bruwer – http://www.bernardbruwer.com
About Winemaster’s reserve wines
Nederburg’s core super-premium wines are accommodated in The Winemaster’s Reserve ensemble, named to honour the long-established tradition of winemaking excellence. These classic wines treasure the integrity of our grapes in every step of the wine-growing and winemaking journey. Every glass demonstrates an unwavering commitment to world-class vineyard and cellar skills.
Read more on www.nederburg.com
A well-known landmark in the Cape Town CBD, Southern Sun The Cullinan brings guests all the luxury that is expected of an award-winning hotel from Tsogo Sun. The hotel is situated within one of the most sought-after areas in the city – within easy reach of the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town International Convention Centre, Long Street and many other attractions.
But while its location is without a doubt envious, it is only the start of what makes this hotel an iconic place to stay. Classic style with an opulent twist ensures that every need is met, while a variety of world-class facilities add even more to the sense of indulgence. Whether you are travelling on business or pleasure, you may not ever wish to leave your sumptuous home-from-home.
Read more on www.tsogosunhotels.com