I recently attended a function at the East Side Studio in Cape Town during which Zonnebloem offered us a tasting of some of its old Pinotages. What a treat is was tasting wines from the 1970s 1980s and 1990s, made by people I knew well at the time. The wines had aged so well and were full of fruit and spice and had aged in an elegant Helen Mirren kind of way rather than like Miss Havisham!
Deon Boshoff, Cellarmaster of the Zonnebloem Cellar was there along with Annelie Viljoen, Viticulturist, Elize Coetzee, White Wine Maker and Praisy Dlamini the assistant red wine maker. Bonnie van Niekerk, the red wine maker sadly was ill and could not be there. Special having all these people there to talk to and to answer one’s questions. At the lunch afterwards, I was fortunate to sit opposite Deon as he talked us through the range of whites and reds, which were served at lunch.
The Zonnebloem Limited Edition Pinotage 2010 was on show that day and it, and all the other wines were matched with some pretty elegant food prepared by Andrea Foulkes of Dish and her team.
The grapes for this wine come from two vineyards in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation, one – 13 years old – at the base of the Helderberg, the other – 19 years old – against the south facing slopes of the Bottelary Hills. Annelie Viljoen ensures that all due care is given to the vineyards so that she can deliver the best possible grapes to the winery. At the cellar, Bonnie van Niekerk vinifies each vineyard separately. After the alcoholic fermentation, the wine was matured in a combination of first and second fill American, French and interestingly Hungarian oak barrels.
It looks like: Deep ruby at the core, which pales to ruby garnet around the edges of the glass.
It smells like: Red and black berry fruits, whispers of charcuterie and smoke from the barrels.
It tastes like: Classical red Pinotage berry fruits, ripe bloodplums, a smidge of savouriness and smoke. Elegant with ripe tannins, fruit, acidity and the oak all perfectly balanced.
It’s good with: With a stick of biltong and a sharp knife as a glass in the evening. Or with some snappy dark chocolate as a glass after dinner. I always find that Pinotage is a perfect match for Pork. Jane-Anne Hobbs is a food writer, blogger and produced the fabulous Scrumptious [click here to read my review]. Her Low-Carb Slow-Roasted Pork Neck with Caramelised Onions would go down a treat with this wine. CLICK HERE for her recipe.
Read more about Zonnebloem Wines – CLICK HERE