When I worked at Boschendal in the 1980s, the vineyardists and technical scientists were constantly on the lookout for botrytis in the vineyards in order that the Cellarmaster could produce a Noble Late Harvest wine. Nature has to play along to make a wine like this, creating the ideal conditions of temperature and humidity in late Summer. Botrytis Cinerea is a benign fungus which grows on the outside of the berries, creating tiny holes through which the grapes loose liquid, thus concentrating the grape into a raisin bomb of sweetness. Hard to press as there is so little juice inside. A truly sublime drinking experience.
The Boschendal Vin d’Or is a blend of Viogner and Riesling. The wine is packed in a uniquely styled bottle, closed with natural cork. The label is elegant, and the bottle comes packed in a beautiful bespoke black box. In the glass, the wine is a rich almost citrine in colour with flashes of forest green. The aromas are of the Botrytis itself, of a concentration of citrus, especially soft skinned orange citrus, soft sun dried Turkish apricots and white tropical flowers. The palate is rich and generous with a blast of citrus, fynbos honey and apricots. While the wine is very sweet, the long and gently waning aftertaste is filled with counterbalancing acidity in palate clicking form. A truly impressive glass. One which is eminently drinkable now, though will reward you richly with a couple of years of cool cellaring.
The Boschendal Vin d’Or is a wine which is a perfect food partner at the start or the end of a tradition menu. A great foil for foie gras or a silky smooth chicken on duck live paté and so good with a good dessert. Or as an accompaniment to a fine afternoon tea cake like Diane Bibby’s Milk Tart Pancake Mille-Feuille could be feted as a national dish for Heritage Day tomorrow. Click HERE for her recipe.
Dianne Bibby 0f Bibby’s Kitchen
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