Friday the 18th saw us ready for Catharina’s Restaurant second Romp and beside the regulars,a few new and exciting reds joined the party.
On arrival guests were able to enjoy the 2010 Graham Beck Brut Rosé,the salmon colour is not only attractive but prepares you for the sharp explosion of raspberry on the palate.
The tables once again arranged to encourage conversation was laid and ready for the Rompers. the lovely warm colours was perfect to say goodbye to Winter and welcome Spring.
We were then welcome by Sommelier at large, Higgo Jacobs, he then proceeded to introduce the Wine Farm’s who were represented this evening.
A moreish starter was served at the table. A Barley & Ham Hock Soup consisting of Pulled Ham Hock, Parmesan, Spinach & root Vegetables. The soup was so delicious, many Rompers asked for seconds and Chef Garth and his team was more than happy to oblige.
The wine farms joining the #RedWineRomp 2 :
Le Riche – Richesse 2013 –Blended Cabernet Sauvignon.
Tasting Notes: Typical red fruit flavours of plum and red cherries, balanced with a touch of oak on the nose. Juicy mouth filling flavours of red berries, plums and smoky hints, supported by a fine, soft tannin structure and a rounded finish.
Flagstone Wines – 2014 The Truth Tree – Pinotage.
Tasting Notes –Bright ruby-red colour. Up-front dark berries with dark chocolate and subtle spicy undertones.The palate is surprisingly rich and beautifully balanced. Flavours of darker blackberry and cherry with hints of dark chocolate and spicy oak.
Beau Constantia– 2012 Aidan – Red Blend
Tasting Notes- Black pepper, cassis and upfront ripe dark fruit fill the first impression of this dark, almost opaque wine. It is a spicy, fruit-forward, rich and complex wine with huge flavour concentration that carries onto the palate where evident, but polished tannins lend good structure and weight.
Constantia Glen – 2012 Three – blend of the three most revered Bordeaux varieties.
Tasting Notes: The dark fruit flavours follow seamlessly onto a mouth-filling palate with incredible texture from ripe, velvety tannins. The wine has a very good structure as a result of fine-grain tannins and the natural freshness from the acidity gives the wine vibrancy.
Tasting Notes: 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.
The name is derived from the unique soil type (deep granite gravel on laterite or ‘coffeestone’) in which these vineyards are rooted.
Tasting Notes: Alluring nuances of tilled earth, cedar wood and cigar box combined with concentrated dark berry and oak spices on the nose. Super concentrated red and black fruit, vibrant acidity and a wonderful tannic grip.
Tasting Notes:Brilliant and pomegranate red, with a brick-red rim, this wine displays a range of dried herbs, lavender, rosemary and anise on the nose, balanced by the softer, white truffle tones. The palate is fresh with a medium intensity, showing juicy, red cherries and light black tea on the aftertaste. It is rich in both tannin and natural acidity which add texture to the wine and greatly aids in its longevity
The most talked about wine on the evening was from The Drift Farm – The Moveable Feast
This feisty red is called Moveable Feast because the blend will alter slightly every year depending on what’s in the barrels and how they perform – a blend of Malbec and Shiraz with Tannat, Touriga Nacional and Pinot Noir carefully blended in to spice it up.
Mains was served buffet style and delicious as always :
The reds were flowing, the rompers were romping,everyone was having ans awesome time.
Dessert,decadent and naughty ,you had a choice of
Brandy & Date Pudding, Sauce Anglaise & Amarula Crème Brûlée with Fresh Berries
Once again Ronel, Garth and Team Steenberg had yet another successful event.
Cant wait for 2016, when the Romp will continue.