Ladies and gentlemen, Those of you who are part of the lucky twenty six who have booked their spot for the first One Ingredient Bacon Menu, I would like to present the selection of wine we will be tasting from Vondeling.
Vondeling was originally named Vondeling, from whence the wines take their name. It was granted to Swedish immigrant Oloff Bergh by Governor Willem Adriaan van der Stel in 1704. Shady oak trees surround the graciously restored original Farm House, built in 1750. The farm has a three-centuries-old winemaking tradition dating back to the early 1700’s.
Englishman Julian Johnsen, Managing Director and Co-Owner, has been nurturing these lands with their 40-hectare vineyards for over twelve years. There’s been a notable swing to ‘biological’ farming recently with promising trials currently in progress in certain vineyard blocks. An innovative approach is using compost teas instead of fungicides with carefully monitored results which have been successful so far.
This holistic approach includes strict vineyard management and practices like suckering and green harvesting in the younger vineyards. The older vineyards, which include Sauvignon Blanc planted in 1983 and Chenin Blanc in 1986, have come into perfect balance over the years. Crop yields range between six to eight tons per hectare.
We are lucky enough to be tasting seven of the Vondeling wines from their superb range. All wines will be available for you to purchase and take away with you. You will also have the option of ordering the wine to be delivered. The wines we will be tasting with the Bacon Menu are the following;
Vondeling Rosé 2013 R39.50 inc vat
Made from 20 year old Merlot vineyards, the nose shows exotic rose petals, red current, pomegranate and tropical fruit while the palate has lovely floral notes with a fresh and vibrant finish.
Vondeling Petit Blanc 2013 R39.50 inc vat
50% Chenin blanc, 30% Viognier, 20% Chardonnay, unwooded. Abundant capsicum and flinty freshness is well balanced by an intoxicating floral bouquet of peach blossoms and rose petals. Tightly grouped tropical flavours such as fig and pear abound on the palate, while the wine has a long and fresh finish.
Vondeling Chardonnay 2011 R85.00 inc vat
100% Chardonnay, wild yeast fermentation in 500l French oak barrel followed by seven month lees contact with a total of 12 month in barrel. Fresh peaches, orange blossom and ginger infused honey on the nose with a creamy mouthfeel and refreshing zestiness on the finish.
Vondeling Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 R85.00inc vat
The inaugural vintage of our Cabernet comes from a single block on the mountain slopes known as the Bowwood Block. The nose offers heady aromas of black currant, cedar wood and coriander seed and the palate is smooth and generous with soft, fine tannins on the finish.
Vondeling Erica Shiraz 2009 R130.00 inc vat
85% Shiraz, 6% Carignan, 5% Grenache noire and 4% Mourvèdre, wild yeast fermentation, one third new, two thirds 2nd & 3rd fill French oak for 16 months. Plums, blackcurrant, cinnamon, cloves and cocoa on the nose, elegant and balanced on the palate with fine tannins on the finish.
Vondeling Baldrick Shiraz 2012 R65.00 inc vat
88% Shiraz, 10% Mourvèdre, 2% Viognier, 11 months in second-and third-fill French oak barrels. Raspberry and blackcurrent fruit with peppery spiciness and a touch of wood smoke on the nose with dark fruit, pepper, exotic spices and a hint of earthiness on the palate; a generous and smooth mouth feel and lingering finish.
Vondeling Sweet Carolyn 2009 R150.00 inc vat
100% Muscat de Frontignan for a single vineyard block. The grape are crimped on the stems allowing them to dessicate on the vine Apricot, peach, orange zest and cinnamon on the nose with a creamy honey flavours on the palate and fresh acidity on the finish.
The One Ingredient Bacon dinner is fully booked for this Friday but places are still available for March 28th. Click here to find out more.