On the 24th of April, “Come Wine with us” had its official third get together…this time with a twist! Oude Wellington Estate situated opposite Kleinevallei, has recently changed ownership and is now the official home of Boer & Brit wines.
Picture taken by Attie Gerber

What and who are Boer & Brit?…

 ‘Boer’, the president of his country and ‘Brit’, a famous general who led the relief of Kimberley. Better known as President Paul Kruger and Field Marshal John French… fought against each other and died as enemies.

More than a century later, two opposites have joined forces. Stefan Gerberthe great, great grandson of Paul Kruger and Alexander Milnerthe great, great grandson of John French together created Boer & Brit. Wines as intense and genuine as the battle their ancestors fought long ago.”

(Borrowed from the www.boerandbrit.comwebsite)
Picture taken by Janita Steenkamp
Stefan Gerber (Boer) and Alex Milner (Brit) invited the “Come wine with us” group, extended this time due to demand to 26 people to join them at their Brandy Cellar. A food and wine culinary extravaganza was hosted together with Oude Wellington Restaurant 
Picture taken by Janita Steenkamp
There was much excitement amongst the group as this was the first (of many) of the ‘Come wine with us’ evenings to be held at the Estate. ‘Come Wine with us’ firmly believes in no drinking and driving and thus My Shuttlegave us a fantastic offer to safely transport all from Cape Town to Wellington and back.
Picture taken by Attie Gerber
Guests arrived to a beautifully decorated cellar. Rustic elements and candles set a warm, old world ambience. Place settings were pre-set and wine poured. The wine list consisted of four wine that Stefan and Alex wanted to introduce to the ‘Come Wine with us’ group.

First up… Lothain Riesling. Not a very common varietal in South Africa but VERY up and coming! Stefan refers to it as the “NEW” Sauvignon Blanc..  Beautiful pale tones with tropical notes was a fantastic combination when paired with the Yellow tail & Duka with organic sweet potato crisp. Selling at R55 per bottle it’s well worth the taste!
Picture taken by Janita Steenkamp

Next up was the Field Marshal 2010.  A blend of Tinta Amarela, Syrah, Mourvedre, Grenache and Carignan. An unusual blend of varieties that is not very common to most, but surprisingly a well-balanced red. Oude Wellington Restaurant served a tasty Venison Empanada pie with a berry juis which complimented the aromatic cloves, pepper and plum’s characters of the wine. Selling at R65 per bottle well worth a try!
Picture taken by Janita Steenkamp
 
Third on the list was Alex’s (Brit) own personal blend. The name Swallow was taken from the birds that use to nest inside his cellar at Natje Vallei. Every season Alex would watch the swallows leave and return for the breeding season. Thus he decided that it would be the ideal name for his well finished red blend, one that one could always ‘return’ to. The Swallow was served with Smoked sirloin of Beef with mustard mayo. It paired beautifully with the smoky red wine and was rated as the best value for money bottle of wine of the evening. Selling at R40 per bottle… a real bargain!
Picture taken by Janita Steenkamp

Lastly, the evening was finished off with the Gilga Syrah. Inspired by the Greek goddess of wine Gilga Syrah got the vote for the best label of the evening.  This was an ideal bottle of wine that should be served on a cold winters evening with a lovely curry! Oude Wellington thought a wonderful Indian marinated short rib served with Basmati rice and Riata would be the ideal dish. Remember not to spicy it might just spoil the taste and character of the wine. Selling at R80 a bottle made it an ideal investment for the winter.
Picture taken by Janita Steenkamp
 
Unfortunately our lovely evening had to come to an end. A festive time was had by all. New friends were made and ideas exchanged which made for an evening well worth invested.  A special thanks to Stefan Gerber and Alex Milner for hosting ‘Come Wine with us’ and Oude Wellington Restaurant for their fantastic food.
Picture taken by Attie Gerber
 
Remember if you would like to be invited to join ‘Come Wine with us’ go and like our Facebook page to get the latest updates on events and wines.
Picture taken by Attie Gerber
Lots of Foodie love
Sybil xxx

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  1. Jesse Noe Mendez May 10, 2012 at 3:18 am

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