Our featured event for Wacky Wine Weekend 2016 is a rare treat. Our owner and chardonnay expert Phillip Jonker will be presenting a special tasting of this cultivar to small groups in our magnificent underground cellar.
Come and experience how to make Cap Classique during Wacky Wine Weekend 2016. During this annual event, taking place between 2 and 5 June this year, we will assist you in making your own masterpiece.
You will be taken through all the steps that make the Méthode Cap Classique so special, getting the opportunity to experience it in a hands-on way. At the end of this fun process you will walk off with your own, special creation to share and impress.
Every hour on the hour on Friday 3 June (12H00-15H00) and Saturday 4 June (09H00-15H00). The cost is R100 pp.
Can you string together the perfect four-word phrase that lifts hearts with inspiration?
That is exactly what our fans have been doing on our Facebook and Twitter pages the past week or so as part of our #InspireIn4 competition. These are some of the phrases that have been entered.
“You can do it” “Chase after your door” “Love life, dream big” “Lead without a title” “Live work create inspire” “Fear’s awful … face it”
We have already awarded one prize consisting of three bottles of our CherryChoc Merlot to the first of four weekly winners. If you’ve come up with a phrase that can trump these, feel free to Tweet it using #InspireIn4 or post it on our Facebook page.
Every year, in March, in the Ravatys Castle (Bourgogne, France), Chardonnay wine from more than 40 countries enter into qualitative confrontation. The experts-jury, containing more than 700 international experts, tastes according to strict standards of the quality assurance, the quality of the Chardonnay.
This Chardonnay was also rated 3.5 Star in the Platter’s South Africa Wine Guide. It is described as intense and focused. Many say it has a Chablis-like, tighter style with a beautiful feminine elegance and lingering aftertaste. It is best served with green curries, lemon and herb chicken and tasty seafood.
Philip Jonker, our owner and winemaker, wrote his thoughts on this year’s vintage:
“Last year I created an index of our vintages, awarding each year since 1997 a score out of ten. At this stage it is too early to know how 2016 will score on this index.
“However, we consider ourselves very privileged this year. Weltevrede’s vineyards have a nice, vital, green colour and the grapes look beautiful. The bunches and berries are much smaller, which usually means a better quality of wine. “We are especially privileged because the 2016 vintage will be remembered by most of the industry as a year of great drought, extremely high temperature, wilting vineyards and wildfires, while we were spared most of those.
“Our location here close to Bonnievale on the open side of the valley means that there was a slight breeze even on the very hot days. Furthermore, we had small amounts of rain from the southeast at regular intervals and soil moisture was good throughout.
“The harvest started on 6 January already with the first Chardonnay grapes for Cap Classique. As I write this we have Chardonnay and Pinot Noir for Cap Classique fermenting in the coolness of the cellar, but the largest part of the harvest is still hanging in the vineyard. This means that every day’s weather until the end of March will determine if we will remember 2016 as a good vintage or not.”
Hier is wat Philip Jonker, ons eienaar en wynmaker, skryf oor vanjaar se oes:
“Ek het verlede jaar ‘n oesjaarindeks opgestel wat ‘n punt uit 10 gegee het sedert 1997. Op hierdie stadium is dit te vroeg om te weet watter punt 2016 sal kry.
“Ons beskou onsself egter as baie bevoorreg hierdie jaar. Weltevrede se wingerde het ‘n mooi lewendige groen kleur en die druiwe lyk mooi. Trosse en korrels is bietjie kleiner wat gewoonlik beter wynkwaliteit gee.
“Ons is veral bevoorreg omdat die 2016 oesjaar deur meeste van die bedryf onthou sal word word as die jaar van groot droogte, ekstreme hoë temperature, wingerde wat verwelk en veldbrande, terwyl ons meeste hiervan gespaar is.
“Ons ligging hier naby Bonnievale aan die oop kant van die vallei, beteken dat daar selfs op baie warm dae ‘n effense roering was. Verder het ons met gereelde intervalle klein hoeveelhede reën uit die suidooste gehad en grondvog was deurgaans goed.
“Die oesjaar het reeds op 6 Januarie begin met die eerste Chardonnay druiwe vir Cap Classique. Soos ek hier skryf het ons al die Chardonnay en Pinot Noir vir Cap Classique aan die gis in die koelte van die kelder, maar die grootste gedeelte van die oes hang nog in die wingerd, so elke dag se weer tot einde Maart is bepalend of ons 2016 as ‘n goeie oesjaar gaan sien of nie.”
Weltevrede het Tandy Sinclair, ‘n bekende kook en kos blogger, gevra om met disse vorendag te kom wat Weltevrede se wyne die beste komplementeer. Tandy het dit as n uitdaging gesien en toe op ‘n buitengewone nagereg besluit. Sy het besluit om ‘n Olyfolie Sjokolade Mousse met truffel-gegeurde olyfolie te kombineer met ons Chocmint Cabernet Sauvignon. Die smaak van die sjokolade en truffelolie aksensueer die geure in die Chocmint Cabernet Sauvignon. Saam is dit die perfekte kombinasie. Read more ›
When tasked to create the perfect recipe for the Weltevrede 1912 Cabernet Sauvignon (2013) I knew that pink peppercorns would enhance the nuances of the wine. I thought that it would then give people the freedom to pair the wine with either a good steak (such as sirloin), or with pork as I have done here. In fact, this sauce is so versatile; it even goes well with chicken livers. This recipe makes a lot of sauce, but it keeps well and can be used within the space of a week if kept in the refrigerator.
Pink Peppercorn Sauce
250mls chicken stock 250mls white wine 15mls pink peppercorns, lightly crushed 30mls Brandy 45mls Worcestershire sauce 150mls cream Place the stock, wine, peppercorns and Brandy into a sauce pan Bring to the boil and reduce by half Place the Worcestershire sauce into a large frying pan Heat until caramelized Add the reduced stock and the cream Simmer until it starts bubbling Serve immediately
These wines were made to honour our people, their hard work and values, their dreams, passions and preferences. In that spirit, the names of all the people who work on the Weltevrede Estate were included on the label.
We asked a handful of these people what ‘Weltevrede’ means to them and what it feels like to have their name on such a special wine label.
You can see all the videos here, and win yourself a set of the WELTEVREDE 1912 Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. All you have to do is share your favourites of the videos on Facebook or Twitter.
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