The Nederburg story is one I was recently introduced to when the wine maker reached out and invited me to a gourmet pairing evening at Gemeli’s Pantry.
*sidenote: they didn’t have us sitting in a literal pantry, it was more of a intimate dining experience in a different section of the restaurant.
But back to the Nederburg story, before dinner kicked off, Cape wine master, Chris De Klerk introduced us to the Heritage Heroes range, which was specifically developed as a niche product for restaurants.
Sadly, Nederburg’s accessibility is what previously prevented sommelier’s from including it on wine lists but all that has changed in recent years with the introduction of the range.
The range consists of five different wines, three of which we were introduced to that evening.
The first being a white wine called “The Beautiful Lady Gewurtzraminer” which was paired with a stater of spicy prawn tail, buffalo mozarella, harrisa oil, pickled aspargus, tomato jelly and onion crumbs.
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Seeing as The Beautiful Lady is made from the Gewurtzraminer variant of grapes, it perfectly straddles the thin line between a sweet and crisp flavour. And one shouldn’t be quick to look down on the wine due to it’s semi-sweet flavour. The Beautiful Lady was a clear favourite among the guests invited to the dinner.
The second wine we were introduced to is “The Ingenuity White 2013” which was paired with a 48 degree salmon, braised leek, lentil, fennel yoghurt and crispy kale.
Unfortunately (and because of my personal tastes), the meal overshadowed the wine’s crisp, dry taste and I opted to finish the meal with what was left of my glass of The Beautiful Lady.
The second course was followed by a main of charred lamb loin, lamb kofta, arborio, garlic artichoke, smoked olive and fine green beans which was paired with “The Brew Master Bordeaux Blend 2013.”
The bordeaux blend is exactly the kind of wine you’d have in mind when you hear the cliche phrase “full bodied red” and it paired beautifully with the rich, spicy taste of the lamb dish.
The Pantry served as the perfect backdrop for the #OnceUponANederburg experience and I look forward to ordering more glasses from the Heritage Heroes range whenever I go out.
And as a to my friends, I certainly won’t object to a few bottles of The Beautiful Lady for my wine rack *nudge, nudge, wink, wink*
You can get a taste if the range by ordering it from your favourite restaurants or purchasing it from redistributors like Solly Kramers in Parkhurst and Norman Goodfellows stores.
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