This was my second visit to a Radisson Supper Club event, and to be honest the first event I attended didn’t really live up to my expectations. To be fair though, I could put that down over exuberance on my part and maybe an unrealistic expectation. But then, this was the Radisson after all!!
So with an open mind, and palate I was ready to embrace this current instalment of the Radisson Saturday Supper Club hosted in conjunction with Montpellier wines.
Montpellier, vineyard has a rich history stretching some 300 years, and is situated in the picturesque Tulbagh Valley. The name is taken from the French city of Montpellier where its first owners originated from.
Pre drink: Montpellier MCC Brut Chardonnay
Starter: Beef Consommé with Montpellier Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Main: Rich Karoo Lamb Stew with Montpellier Shiraz 2012
Desert: Bar-one Bread & Butter Pudding with Montpellier Chenin blanc 2017
On arrival the Montpellier Chenin Blanc which was a lovely crisp, fruity and refreshing wine, was served with the canapés. These delicious little morsels consisted of Goats’s cheese and beetroot, as well as monk fish.
Our first course was the Beef Consommé with beef dim sum and mushrooms. This course was served with the Montpellier Cabernet Sauvignon 2012. My first reaction was “Wow!” This wine was very easy drinking and smooth, with hardly any tannin aftertaste. This could be down to the fact that it is matured in French oak barrels for 12 months before being bottled and left to mature.
The second course was the hearty Karoo Lamb stew served with mash, perfect on a chilly winters evening. This course was paired with the Montpellier Shiraz 2012, which really surprised me, it was not too dissimilar to the Cabernet Sauvignon in terms of complexity and I found it really beautifully balanced with delicate, soft tannins.
The final course consisted of Bar-One Bread and Butter pudding. I must add that one would easily been forgiven for reading this description and thinking of that dessert your mom used to prepare on a Sunday afternoon. I can assure you this is not it. This course was the star of the show for me and was rib-sticking good!! Brioche bread, chocolate custard, Oreo crumbs and yummy honey and cinnamon sugar cone bits served with ice cream. This was amazing course both in terms of taste as well as presentation; it was accompanied by the Montpellier MCC Brut Chardonnay.
I really enjoyed this event and I was really impressed by the quality of wine produced on this little Wine farm in Tulbagh; it’s definitely worth a visit in my opinion.
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