Boschendal’s Elgin Appellation Series has brought new elegance and authenticity to the gourmet experience, as demonstrated at a food and wine pairing showcase hosted at the chic Marble Restaurant in Rosebank, Johannesburg.
Winemaker Lizelle Gerber shared the story of its inception and the labour of love that went into creating the exquisite range.
“The lively complexity of the Elgin Appellation Series range is a direct result of the area’s coveted terroir,” Gerber said. “The wines capture the essence of cool and purity of fruit in a relationship of powerful elegance. It’s also been particularly rewarding to work with the local farmers who are completely committed to the quality of their produce.”
Marble Restaurant co-owner and chef David Higgs brought his expert knowledge to the pairing. While the three-course menu was bold, the flavours were delicate, with ingredients that were herby and by no means overpowering. While Higgs admitted that he isn’t big on pairings – he believes patrons should be able to choose what they eat and drink – he had to agree that the Boschendal Elgin Appellation range offers a new means to explore flavours.
The pairing began with Boschendal’s Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2016, made with grapes sourced from the highest vineyard in Elgin, which was beautifully paired with a smoked lemon and herb risotto, wood-fired goat’s cheese and grilled heirloom tomato. Boschendal describes the wine as having “subtle white asparagus, citrusy Tahiti lime, plush peach, and accents of Cape gooseberry and lemon verbena on the nose”. While on the palate, “limey characteristics evolve into complex sophistication, with notes of minerality giving way to a zesty finish”.
The main course was paired with the Boschendal Elgin Pinot Noir 2015. The wine is described as offering an “invigorating raspberry sweet-sourness, pops of cherry and cranberry, and a roasted nut richness on the nose”. On the palate, it has “an intricate, gentle first flavour followed by intensive wild berry and oak spice flavours, with a finely textured finish”. The Pinot Noir was paired with a delicious teriyaki, miso aubergine, sticky pork shoulder and radish salad.
Finally, the Boschendal Elgin Chardonnay 2015 was had with delectable local cheeses, pickles and preserves. The result was a delicious union of flavours perfectly suited to what the wine farm describes as a Chardonnay of “sweet citrus developed by oak accents, with a beautiful continuity of minerality and a powerful, prolonged finish”.
This new range by Boschendal is the result of dedicated precision, practice and heart, and exudes sheer elegance.