For most South Africans September bring two things to mind: Spring and Heritage.
Winter is over, even if it’s just on the calendar, and the braai is waiting to be lit.
Heritage for me is a celebration of what makes us unique and also different as individuals and a nation. For some of us we have events that share our heritage or family tradition that define who we are.
With the theme of heritage in mind we partnered with Nederburgs Heritage hero’s range of wines. Each wine is dedicated to a wine maker that contributed to Nederburgs long history and heritage that formed the brand high quality wine.
With the winemaker in the bag, the restaurant of choice was 15 on Orange in Cape Town. The hotel is located next to the Company Gardens with a breath taking view of Table Mountain
Head chef Sanel created a menu that combined child hood memories with some truly South African dishes that invoked the feeling of nostalgia with every course.
On arrival guest were treated to a wooded Sauvignon Blanc, ‘The Young Airhawk’ that was paired with oysters and cucumber jelly and grilled Asparagus with suuring mayonnaise.
After the formalities and meets and greets were done guests sampled ‘The Anchorman’ which is a wooded Chenin Blanc. This wine was beautifully paired with a Malay Snoek Bobotie , Pickle Fish, Apricot jam and mosbolletjies .
If this didn’t hit a nostalgia foodie button as yet the starter and the first red wine of the evening would do it. Paired with Smoked Springbok Carpaccio, Pickled water blommetjie, pap fritter and wild cress salad; a Rhone Style red wine blend (Shiraz and Grenache grape varieties) was the best fit with its spicy nose and full rounded palet. The wine was as adventurous as is name ‘The Motorcycle Marvel’ whom was the adventurous and legendary winemaker Gunter Brozel at Nederburg in 1965 .
The main course wine of the evening arrived and was a firm favorite amongst guests. A Typical Bordeaux – style red wine established by Johann Graue in 1937.
Treated with a proudly South African “Allegaartjie” Lamb cutlet, braised shoulder and skilpadjies Butternut puree, umfino with samp and bean croquette.
The end of evening ended of with a bang and a very interesting food and wine combination. “The Beautiful Lady is a Gewurztraminer was paired with a revamped milk tart and koeksisters into a gourmet experience know as an Ice Cream Sandwich consisting of a deepfried koeksister, milk tart parfait, honey bush tea jelly, Van der Hum and condense milk caramel, “pampoen koekie” doughnut, “canned pineapple” and soet cookie crumb.
If you want to read more about the different wine makers and the wines in the Nederburg Heritage heroes wine range please check it out online.
If you want to read what others had to say about the evening you can do so
To read what others had to say have a look :
Kulula in flight Magazine September 2014
About Nederburg Heritage Heroes wines:
“Nederburg launched a series of individually-labelled gourmet wines as the Heritage Heroes collection, available exclusively in specialty wine shops and at fine dining restaurants. Each wine has been named after a prominent personality who played a role in shaping Nederburg’s reputation. The Anchorman Chenin Blanc is named to honour Philippus Wolvaart. (1791) Made from one of South Africa’s earliest-planted varietals, it pays tribute to the man who started it all at Nederburg. The Brew Master, a Bordeaux-style red, commemorates the skills and pursuit of excellence established by Johann Graue (1937).
The Beautiful Lady Gewȕrztraminer recalls the elegantly gracious, sophisticated and lovely Ilse Graue, who introduced a tone of splendour to Nederburg and remained a loyal wife to Johann. (1937). The Airhawk wooded Sauvignon Blanc captures the spirit of their son, Arnold Graue, an immensely talented winemaker, with a huge appetite for life, who died tragically young. (1953) The Motorcycle Marvel is a Rhône-style red that exemplifies the exacting attitude and adventurous personality of the legendary Gȕnter Brӧzel (1956).”
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About Savour Restaurant 15 on Orange:
“The new Savour Restaurant @ 15 on Orange hotel. What can we say? If you want to impress someone – take them to dinner at Savour. Even if the shiny, avant-garde, clean (almost Scandinavian) lines and a very loud carpet are not to your liking, you cannot help but be in awe of your surroundings – and that’s always a good start.
The seduction begins with a gold sofa inside the lift – not that you need to get a lift to the first floor – but you absolutely must.”
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