Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are the two noble grapes grown by the von Arnim family on their Haute Cabrière Wine Estate up on the Franschhoek Pass above the quaint country town which is a wine Appellation of its own. These are the grapes from which the great wines of Champagne and Burgundy are made. Since the mid 1980s, the family has specialized in Cap Classique wines and a variety of innovative still wines released regularly by Takuan von Arnim, the Cellarmaster.
The Haute Cabrière Pierre Jourdan Tranquille is very similar in nature to the base wine for the Cap Classique wines produced by Takuan and his team in the cellar. A blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, the wine is bottled in a Burgundy shaped bottle, very appropriate, and closed with a screw cap.
The label is the most beautiful blue, very Haute Cabrière traditional. In the glass, the wine is a golden pink, brightshining. The aromas and flavours segue one into the other. On entry there is a wonderful line of acidity which runs through the midpalate and well into the long aftertaste. The expected red berries from the Pinot Noir and the tropical fruits, sweet limes and desiccated pineapple. And the full mouthfeel of a ripe melon.
The Haute Cabrière Pierre Jourdan Tranquille is a wine for all times. A mid-morning refresher, an aperitif, and just perfect as a food partner. I tend to think of smoked fish, smoked chicken breast, salmon, salmon trout and pasta. Today is World Pasta Day and Dianne Bibby’s Linguine with Shrimp & Fresh Tomato Sauce is perfect as a partner. Click HERE for her recipe.
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