At a recent Burgundy Lovers event, for lovers of the Burgundian Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grape rather than Burgundy wines, at The Vineyard Hotel, James McKenzie of Nabygelegen was manning a popular stall showing his wines. Perfect opportunity for me to catch up with things Nabygelegen.
Snow Mountain is a range of wines produced by James on Nabygelegen Estate and named for Sneeuberg which stand proud to the west of the estate and is often covered by snow in the winter.
Now would be a good time for you to start thinking about a weekend up under the Sneeuberg in one of the virtually unknown beauty spots of the winelands. It always takes my breath away. James has enchanting accommodation called The Gate House that is a luxuriously appointed Cape Dutch cottage dating back to the 1740s that offers two en-suite bedrooms with private patios. The lounge and dining area run into a stunning fully equipped kitchen with an open fireplace. The Gate House has a lovely private pool and barbeque area. You can walk through the Vineyards down to the river. The Old Forge, which is the Estate’s tasting facility, is close by. The Gate House is a self-catering cottage, though assisted catering can be arranged for an additional cost. The Gate House is serviced daily.
The weather leading up to the harvest was a cool one. Once into the winery, careful and thorough bunch and berry selection took place. The grapes for the Snow Mountain The Mistress 2013 were cold soaked over a long period before undergoing fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Regular aerated pump-overs took place for colour and flavour extraction, Pinot Noir is not a grape that gives up much in the way of colour or tannins. After the wine was racked and pressed it underwent malolactic fermentation and further 12 months maturation in stainless steel tank and a component in a small selection of previously filled French oak barrels.
It looks like: Translucent cherry paling to delicate crimson pink at the edge of the glass.
It smells like: Waves of red berry and cherry fruit, whispers of oak.
It tastes like: This is a delicate fruit Pinot. Chill it for about half an hour before drinking. Great as a glass on its own and just made for food.
It’s good with: One of the things that I really like about Pinot Noir is that it goes really well with classical French Bistro type dishes. Hearty, yet not over flavoured. Tracy Foulkes of NoMU has the knack of almost by default creating this sort of dish for which she uses some of her fabulous food products. Click here for her recipe for French Shallot Tarte Tatin with Goat’s Cheese Fondant.
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