Mould your own Cape Winelands story in a comfortable and historic atmosphere at Nederburg, Platters South African Winery of the Year for 2017, on Heritage Day (24 September).
The Red Table restaurant, run from the Paarl winerys iconic manor house is set to delight guests with a tantalising array of country-fresh fare prepared using locally sourced ingredients.
Experience an exciting variety of new and trusted tastes while relishing in the beauty of a backdrop of vineyards and the towering Drakenstein mountains.
On the terrace and in the fragrant gardens surrounding the manor house, you'll find leisurely spots in the cool shade of the age-old trees to enjoy fare created to complement Nederburgs delicious wines.
Be treated to a refreshing glass of Nederburg Cuvée Brut on arrival, while snacking on farm-fresh flat bread and artisanal cheeses, olives, crudités and dips. The main meal guarantees to delight, featuring grilled lamb chops, boerewors, prawn and calamari kebabs, chicken, steamed seasonal vegetables with gremolata, basil new potatoes, and fresh garden salad, peas, grilled courgettes and feta. The sweet finale will be a pleasure of rich and delectable mini desserts.
In the spirit of celebrating heritage, select a wine from Nederburgs award-winning Heritage Heroes collection to complement your meal. This exquisite range honours some of the visionaries who have shaped Nederburg and its history as one of South Africas most awarded wineries.
Theres the well lauded The Anchorman, a wooded Chenin blanc that commemorates Nederburgs founder, Philippus Wolvaart, who established the farm in 1791 and planted Chenin blanc, amongst other varietals. The 2016 vintage of this wine was recently selected as one of the winning wines of the 2017 Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge, convened by South Africas Chenin Blanc Association. Earlier this year, the same vintage was awarded platinum at the 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards for best South African Chenin blanc (priced at over ?15).
The Brew Master, a Bordeaux-style red blend, honours Johann Graue, a pioneering winemaker who was amongst the earliest to recognise that vineyard quality dictates wine quality. The 2014 vintage scored five stars in the 2017 Platters South African Wine Guide.
The Beautiful Lady, an aromatic Gewürztraminer, recalls Johann Graue's wife Ilse, who brought grace, hospitality and a beautiful rose garden to Nederburg.
And The Young Airhawk, a wooded Sauvignon blanc remembers Johann and Ilses son, the talented winemaker Arnold Graue. Known for his winemaking prowess, he introduced many technical innovations at Nederburg. He was also a keen young pilot, who loved to explore the wide open skies of Africa.
The Motorcycle Marvel Rhône-style blend completes the collection with a living legend. This full-bodied wine pays tribute to the winemaker Günter Brözel, who was cellar-master at Nederburg from 1956 to 1989. A maven and a maverick, he is known for his exceptionally high standards. Getting around on a 250cc BSA motorcycle, he checked on everyone and everything to ensure his exacting demands were met. In 1985, he became the first winemaker in South Africa to win the coveted International Wine & Spirit Competition Winemaker of the Year Award. He was a great pioneer and created the first South African noble late harvest wine, Edelkeur, which was launched at the first Nederburg Auction in 1975 and to this day is sold exclusively through this channel. He is truly an icon in South African winemaking.
Complimentary musical entertainment will also be on offer, in the form of The Maritz Trio, a young and fresh jazz outfit from Cape Town, fronted by Marco Maritz on trumpet with Shaun Johannes on bass, and Ramon Alexander on the keyboard.
Heritage Day at Nederburg costs R350 per adult, and R150 per child younger than 13. The cost excludes beverages and service charge.
The event starts at 12:00.