With a chilly week setting in, Cape wine fans should head out to Franschoek on Friday for the third Grande Provence Food And Wine Collaboration of the year. Executive chef Darren Badenhorst has pulled together a palate-pleasing six-course meal to enhance each of the Cabernet Sauvignon’s that will be served up on the night.
You’ll be joined by Grande Provence winemaker Karl Lambour, along with the affable Frans Smit from Spier, and winemakers from Neil Ellis and Thelema. It should make for a wonderful evening of wine talk and indulgence!
For those of you up country who can’t join the fun at the Grande Provence Food And Wine Collaboration, we’ve picked a prime Cabernet Sauvignon from each of these estates to add to your tasting to-do list.
1. GRANDE PROVENCE
Grande Provence Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
A full bodied red wine with upfront red berry aromas on the nose. We love the touch of mint that is noticeable on the finish.
Spier 21 Gables Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
This is a full-bodied wine with a concentrated structure and opulent finish.
3. NEIL ELLIS
Neil Ellis Vineyard Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Medium red, purple in colour with high-toned blackcurrant, violet and cedar aromas and touches of mint, so typical of a Jonkershoek wine. This is a multi-faceted wine that needs time to mature.
Themela Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Complex and stylish, this wine is bone dry, yet exhibits a lovely sweet fruit character on the palate, with a lovely long finish.
Tickets R525 per person.
For reservations call 021 876 8600; email firstname.lastname@example.org