Upon receiving the Steenberg Newsletter, seeing the invite to the Red Wine Romp, we were immediately intrigued, and usual we went to google just to make sure we all were on the same page as far as the word ‘Romp’ was concerned… “Romp” a noun. Meaning to play or frolic boisterously…Chatting to Ronel Smidt, Catharina’s Restaurant Manager, the idea was to have a more laid-back relaxed evening, a “lack of structure of some sorts” where you could just relax with a hearty meal and some excellent red wine and have fun and if that was what they wanted to accomplish with this event Team Steenberg certainly achieved that goal.
A journey into Red Wines from the Constantia Wine Route, paired with a three course hearty meal prepared by the humble chef Chef Garth Almazan, promised to be an event not to be missed. To confirm this the fact ,that within a few days of the event being announce it had already been sold out, and there was a waiting list long enough for another two events, you just know you going to be in good hands. Seven wine farms from the Constantia Wine Route contributed to the evening, namely;
Constantia Glen – Five 2009 – by winemaker Justin van Wyk, tasting notes as per their website. The ripe, dark fruit aromas follow through seamlessly onto the palate and are complimented by incredible texture, as a result of round yet persistent tannins. This is a restrained and elegant wine that has the depth and refinement symbolic of the cool ripening season of 2009. This unique wine has beautiful richness and concentration that lends to a long, well-defined finish.
Klein Constantia – Estate Red 2013 – by winemaker Matthew Day, tasting notes as per their website. Deep ruby-red in appearance, the wine is elegant with subtle oak integration. The palate is bold and is backed up by intense dark red fruit that follows with a long flavourful finish.
Groot Constantia –Shiraz 2013 – by winemaker Boela Gerber , tasting notes as per their website. The 2013 Shiraz has a deep, inky black colour. The wine is very aromatic and shows an abundance of black pepper and violets, with layers of plum and black cherries and careful use of oak. The rich black fruit follows on the palate, framed by firm tannins that promises good maturation potential.
Eagles Nest – Merlot 2010 – by winemaker Stuart Botha, tasting notes as per their website. This 2010 vintage shows a touch more complexity than its predecessor, taking full advantage of more mature vines. Flavours are supported by juicy tannin’s and extended into a persistent aftertaste. It is ready to drink now and will improve with the correct cellaring.
Buitenverwachting – Christine 2010 – by winemaker Brad Paton, tasting notes as per their website. This Bordeaux style blend consists of Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc, the wine offers rich red fruit characteristics reminiscent of ripe cherry and black currant with dark chocolate and tobacco undertones.
Beau Constantia – Lucca 2012 – by winemaker Justin van Wyk, tasting notes as per their website. Blackcurrant and Morello cherries fill the first impression, but this wine shows restraint, depth and complexity that demands further exploration. The dense flavour concentration carries onto the palate where polished tannin’s add to the good texture and structure of the wine. The wine is full and rich, but also has fantastic minerality and a perfumed freshness that allows for a long, well-defined finish. The wine has been hand-crafted to express the elegance and finesse of these archetypal Bordeaux-varieties and is fittingly named Lucca for all its’ class and beauty.
Steenberg Wine Estate – by winemaker JD Pretorius, , tasting notes as per their website. This medium bodied Nebbiolo is light in colour with dried prunes, apricots, rose petals, and potpourri on the nose. Soft oaky notes support the wine well and add weight to the finish. Big tannin’s, unique to Nebbiolo give the wine backbone and structure. Earthy notes on the aftertaste and a good acidity makes this wine a great wine to enjoy with food, extremely well complemented by any form of mushrooms or truffles. This wine will greatly reward cellaring 10 years from vintage and will develop more savoury characters as the wine evolves.
Once all the guest arrived we were ushered by the Catharina’s Restaurant staff to our various tables, set up to encourage conversation, all the glasses and wines were placed on your table for you to taste and pour at your leisure.
After a short welcome and introduction by Sommelier at large, Higgo Jacobs, we were served our starters of Pea and smoked Ham Hock Soup, served with a hot Vetkoek and farm butter. You are then left to experiment with the wines and this is a good way to get to know new people and their tastes.
Thereafter we were led to the private dining area to dish up your own Winter Warmers, a rustic affair, buffet style set up of melt in your mouth braised Oxtail & root Vegetable Stew , Chicken Coq au Vin,accompanied by creamed Corn & Parmesan Polenta, Savoury Rice ,cured Carrots with Sunflower seed, roasted Garlic & lightly curried lentils, Brussels Sprout & Green Beans with toasted cumin. Hearty and comforting indeed.
By dessert the Red Wine was certainly causing a romp and the deliciously naughty desserts added to the ambiance. Chocolate, sticky chocolate pudding, with chocolate sauce and banana ice cream and Milk Tart bruleé with prune and almond compote.
So to Ronel & Team Steenberg, mission accomplished, good luck with the next one, we do hope you will make this a standing event on the Steenberg Calendar.
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