Key personalities and media were last night treated to a session of wine tasting and food pairing by visiting Nederburg’s red winemaker Samuel Viljoen backed by the Norfolk’s Executive Chef Aris Athanasiou and his dedicated team who rendered the amazing taste experience and perfect culinary performance.
Guests were also presented with a wine tasting note sheet with descriptions of the food that the chef paired with the various Nederburg wines.The event also saw the unveiling of Nederburg’s sophisticated new look.
Samuel Viljoen, Red Winemaker at Nederburg said: “Tonight was a great opportunity for every guest whether you are a novice or expert wine lover to come learn about the variety of wines Nederburg provides and sample the future potential and character of Nederburg’s Sauvignon Blanc.”
The delightful Nederburg red wine maker also applauded the chef and his team’s effort for making the night a success saying “The Chef, his entire team and I had to ensure we provide everyone in attendance with impeccable service tonight. The right pairing accentuates the sweet taste of the wine. You can clearly see that everyone is delighted and the secret is truly in the choice of dishes we paired with the wines.”
The wine sampled include Nederburg Premiere Sparkling Wine Cuvee Brut, The Winemaster’s Reserve Chardonnay, The Manor House Sauvignon Blanc, The Manor House Shiraz and The Manor House Cabernet Sauvignon.
Nederburg, one of South Africa's most awarded wineries with a prize-winning pedigree has a magnificent manor house built in the 1800s which is adored as one of the finest examples of Cape Dutch architecture; it has even been declared a national monument.
Philippus Wolvaart, the founder of the brand, introduced many exciting innovations, including noble late harvest wines. Among his legendary dessert wine is Edelkeur that was released during the Nederburg Auction of Rare Cape wines in 1975 and is still offered exclusively through this channel. He was the first person in South Africa to win the coveted International Wine & Spirit Competition's Robert Mondavi International Winemaker of the Year Award in 1985. Nederburg enjoys an admired title as the most successful wine producer on the prestigious Old Mutual Trophy Show, earning two five-star ratings in the Platter's South African Wine Guide, as well as two more trophies on the International Wine & Spirit Competition.
Samuel Viljoen who is in the country for a week is scheduled to visit the South Africa High Commission on Wednesday before he embarks on his Mombasa tour where he is expected to train chefs across that region and wrap up the week with a treat of wine tasting and pairing at Sarova, Whitesands Beach Hotel.