It was the perfect Sunday to go out to the Paarl Winelands. Moody and cold, and, as we pulled into the parking area at Nederburg, it started to rain!
We were having lunch at The Red Table which is located inside Nederburg’s historical Cape Dutch Manor House.
After being welcomed and seated by one of the warm and friendly waitresses we browsed through the menu while warming up next to the fireplace. The Manor House is beautifully quiet, only the low chatter of other guests and the crackling of the fire make for a cozy atmosphere.
Kathryn chose the set menu with the Nederburg Heritage Heroes wine pairing (R450) while I preferred to choose my own starters, mains and dessert.
The first course for the pairing menu was a Goats Cheese and Confit Tomato Tart which was paired with ‘The Young Airhawk’ – Sauvignon Blanc. The goats cheese paired fantastically with this vibrant, fresh sauvignon blanc.
My starter was the Beef ‘Soup of the Day’ which warmed me from the inside out. The perfect dish for this cold wintery day!
Our kids were well catered for too as #FoodieBen has an adults appetite, he chose the Deep Fried Fish and Chips. To know whether it did the job with Ben, you listen for the silence and look for the nod. If you’re lucky you might get a ‘so nice’! Abi chose the Spaghetti Bolognaise off the kiddies menu and totally loved it.
Kathryn’s second course was a ‘Smoked Snoek Fish Cake’ with chive hollandaise sauce which was paired with The Anchorman – a wooded Chenin Blanc.
While I was waiting for my main I embraced a cool walk outside and took a minute to appreciate the view of the historic Nederburg Manor House.
Kathryn’s third course was served. Lentil Babootie Samoosa’s with Date Chutney paired with The Motorcycle Marvel – a full-bodied Rhône Style blend.
The subtle spices complimented the wine perfectly. I love a good red and this one is on my favourite list. A delectable dark, bold, full-bodied red that leaves a lasting impression.
Finally, it was my turn and I tucked into the Pork Belly – with garden peas, sweet potato dauphinoise and Riesling jus. Pork Belly is one of my favourite dishes and this was superbly done. Presentation was simple yet elegant. I also sneaked in some of The Motorcycle Marvel for my own pairing!
Kathryn’s main was the Springbok denningvleis, served with parmesan samp, and a red wine jus. This was paired with The Brew Master – a full bodied Cabernet Sauvignon driven red blend.
Usually after a long lunch out, a slow, sleepy fog engulfs you and you find yourself suddenly dreaming of an afternoon sleep! This was different. Lunch at Nederburg left us all feeling rather sated yet comfortable. The pace and the portion size of the meals and the samples of wine were just right so we didn’t leave feeling over full, which was pleasantly surprising.
Overall, there was a lot of variety on the menu, excellent presentation and delicious taste driven dishes with a South African flair. We were also served by really lovely staff who were warm and friendly.
As I enjoy wine, a little, I could not leave without having a quick tasting of two of the three wines from the Ingenuity Range. The white blend is very good but I had yet to savour the Italian and the Spanish red blends.
The Italian blend is 49% Sangiovese, medium bodied, high acid with sour cherry and earthy nites, 40% Barbera, a full bodied, high acid varietal and 11% Nebbiolo, a typically high tannin red with herbaceous notes.
This Italian blend was elegant. 30 months on a mix of French, American and Eastern European oak resulted in a well put together red blend of all the best attributes of each of the three varietals. Loved this one.
The Spanish blend is 90% Tempranillo, which is more neutral in flavour profile and 10% Graciano, an aromatic varietal with good tannin structure. Double first – fill oak maturation, 3 months in American oak, usually adding sweet undertones of vanilla, with a further 14 months in French oak contributing to the spicy notes.
While both were exceptional, I preferred the Italian Blend!
Such a great experience. Cheers to Nederburg!