The Fledge, two birds making great wine in Calitzdorp. Margaux Nel & Leon Coetzee…

Margaux Nel & Leon Coetzee of The Fledge

Margaux and Leon are a married couple with two young boys. They live on Margaux’s family farm where she is the Winemaker for Boplaas Wines.  The two of them make a range of truly exciting wines from grape which Leon finds all over the Cape winelands, of many different varieties. They call them, High End, Off the Beaten Track, Hand Crafted Wines. They are an amazing couple.

Today I want to concentrate on two of their utterly delicious wines, that we have had the pleasure of drinking recently.

The Fledge & Company Red 2012

Made from the rare Touriga Franca grapes, together with Touriga Naçional, one of Portugal’s best-known grapes and Souzao. Seperately vinified in an open top fermenter, which the Portuguese call a lagar, the wine spends 24 months in large previous fill French Oak Barrels. It is then blended, and bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Touriga Franca ripening on the vine

From a Burgundy shaped bottle and closed with natural cork. The label is quirky and fun. In the glass, the wine is a deep bloodplum in colour which pales out to ruby at the edges.  The aromas are of berry fruit and fresh prune plums. The palate from entry is delicate, with a thread of raspberry acidity which runs through into the long aftertaste. The palate is generous with country lane fruits like brambles and mulberries and a slight savoury note. While eminently drinkable now, the wine will  reward you after a couple of years of cool cellaring.

Flaming Chorizo with Aguadente, forgive the walkie talkie, Portuguese farmers like to be ccontactable

The Fledge & Company Red 2012 is a fine glass for drinking on its own, simply to get the unusual flavours of the grapes. With food, it is good with rustic dishes, flamed Chorizo, sausages, and delicious with fried liver and onions. Does well with hearty vegetarian dishes too.

The Fledge & Co Elgin Chardonnay O Velhapi

A very exciting wine from Leon and Margaux. The maiden vintage from a small single vineyard in Elgin, a cool climate Wine Appellation. Fermented and matured in French oak barrels. Quite Burgundian in style and better than a number of Burgundians I have drunk in the past.

Elgin, cool in climate and cool in fashion

From a Bordeaux shaped bottle and closed with natural cork. The label is a photograph of a tree against the night sky. In the glass, the colour is a gem bright light citrine. The aromas and flavours segue on into the other with clean fresh citrus, which fleshed peaches, a creamy oats and lees. These are repeated on the palate with its good weight in the mouth, its fruit complexity, and a savoury undertow and a golden thread of acidity which runs from entry through to the aftertaste. A truly impressive glass of wine.

David Leite’s Cold Cucumber Soup

The Fledge & Co Elgin Chardonnay O Velhapi, is a good sipping wine. It is excellent with food. Anything from a delicate cold cucumber soup like my internet friend David Leite’s, through seafood and fish, chicken, duck and roast pork belly with crispy crackling. Click HERE for David’s recipe.

David Leite, well known American Culinary Expert

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