South Africa is known for many things for its rich heritge and culture. No wonder it is one of the more sought after destination spots in the world.
Little did I know that even superb wine comes from this amazing place. One name that easily comes to mind when great wine is spoken of is Nederburg Wine.
Nederburg, South Africa’s most awarded winery was actually founded in 1791. I learned that generations of Winemasters at the Nederburg Estate have long been mastering the craft of producing superior and highly acclaimed wines. It is the story of how one man’s dream and unyielding passion has created a legacy of wine mastery enduring centuries.
Just how good is Nederburg Wine, you ask? Well, its hallmark combination of fruit and finesse continues to be rewarded around the world. It has also earned the highest number of five-star ratings in the Platter’s South African Wine Guide. With countless awards on the belt, they are regarded as the Diamond of South African Wines.
During the launch of Nederburg Wine at the very posh and classy restaurant called, “Chef Jessie” at the Rockwell Club (which also happens to be owned by good friend Chef Jessie Sincioco), I learned more about this awesome South African wine as well as enjoyed a few of Chef Jessie’s brilliant dishes.
I also enjoyed wonderful music courtesy of DJ Nina Saputil. She was rockin’ the place to the delight of guests.
A good while before dinner, my wife and I were introduced to two gentlemen who were flown in to grace the Winemaster’s Dinner – Mr. Sam Martin and Mr. Wilhelm Pienaar. Mr. Sam Martin is Distell’s Regional Business Manager for China, Hongkong and a good number of other countries. Mr. Wilhelm Pienaar, on the other hand, is Nederburg’s Winemaker. They both shared a whole lot about Nederburg Wine as well as tasting notes.
My wife and I were able to sit down with them and conduct a brief private interview before the dinner event started. According to Mr. Pienaar, the 3 things that Nederburg Wine takes pride in are takes pride in are: Passion, Precision and Innovation.
So, what better way to experience Nederburg Wine than by enjoying a few of them over amazing dinner the way Chef Jessie can only prepare them.
The Nederburg Wine Dinner
For starters, we were served Nederburg Winemaster’s Reserve Sauvignon Blanc. This was served to guests during informal chitchat and while people were getting to know one another.
This particular Nederburg Wine is made Made entirely from Sauvignon Blanc grapes. It has a distinctive tropical fruit flavor which is light and smooth and guves of a pleasant finish.
The Anchor Heritage Heroes Range – Chenin Blanc was also making the rounds just about the same time when several hors d’oeuvre were rolled out, particularly Fish Mousse with Caviar on Toast, Gougere and Fried Mozzarella Roll. Yum!
The fresh and fruity flavors of this wine went deliciously well with the fish. I believe the aroma this particular Nederburg Wine gives off, specifically orange and floral hints, is what endeared it to guests.
Afterwards, everyone was led to their respective seats and a toast was offered to formally welcome guests and to kick off the much awaited Nederburg Wine pairing dinner.
Nederburg Winemaster’s Reserve Pinotage was served to guests. This was partnered with Chef Jessie’s freshly baked Ciabatta bread and rolls, Country Paté with Cumberland Sauce served on a bed of assorted lettuce.
Nederburg Winemaster’s Reserve Pinotage has has a nice lingering aftertaste. The aroma of plums and prunes. From what I’ve learned, you can tell the quality of the wine on how long an aftertaste stays in your mouth.
For our main entrée, Chef Jessie prepared a Grilled Ostrich Steak in sun-dried tomato sauce with sweet potato mash and sautéed French beans as an accompaniment. This particular dish was partnered with The Brew Master Heritage Heroes Range Cabernet Sauvignon.
I absolutely loved the ostrich steak. If you didn’t know that you were eating ostrich, you’d swear it was beef. Absolutely delicious. I’ve tried ostrich before and none have come close to Chef Jessie’s own version of it. Incredible.
The Brew Master Heritage Heroes Range Cabernet Sauvignon is a glorious red wine and the Grilled Ostrich steak’s perfect partner! With a nice aroma of blackcurrant, this Nederburg Wine is quite rich and round. My wife found it very appealing and sexy. Hey, I’m all for that! Hahaha!
The Winemaster’s Dinner ended with a heavenly and sinful Bread Pudding in heavenly Butterscotch Sauce A La Mode and paired with Nederburg Noble Late Harvest.
Eating this bread pudding is like enjoying the caramelized sugar from the bottom of a leche flan’s “llanera”. It also has that slight hint of orange which I fell in love with.
The Nederburg Noble Late Harvest is elegant, light and sweet. You can somehow capture the flavors of apricot and dried peach in it. A superbly prepared Nederburg wine dinner that ended on a pleasantly sweet note.
What else can I say? Great wine is best paired with great food. Both aspects of our dinner did not disappoint at all.
I’d like to thank Chef Jessie for painstakingly preparing all the amazing dishes served to us. It was also wonderful catching up with her.
The way I see it, great wine, just like Nederburg Wine, should be enjoyed with family and good company. It should be an experience that you can personally associate with. Have a go at it and create your own personal memories with Nederburg Wine.
Nederburg Wine is available in select restaurants and establishments. You can also get these wines retail at Rustan’s Supermarket.