South African Wines from :- Food and Wine Matching with Sainsbury’s
Sainsbury’s invited me along to an evening of South African wine and food pairing at the wonderful venue Food at 52 with a group of fellow bloggers.
Sainsbury’s were celebrating their long-standing relationship with South African winery Bosman. Corlea Fourie, Head of Wine & Viticulture at the Bosman Family Vineyards, hosted the tasting. Corlea gave us a great insight into the workings of the Bosman family Vineyards and their winemaking, which is an eighth generation vineyard, committed to reinvesting in their business through Fairtrade. The socially responsible business, which has sustainability at the heart of its philosophy is co-owned by all the staff and the land is part of the largest land reform transaction in the South African wine trade.
Bosman already supplies Sainsbury with two of its wines in their Taste The Difference range and this autumn they will be introducing two more. I was lucky enough to be able to taste these wines with a selection of delicious food during a thoroughly enjoyable evening.
We started off with an elegant sparkling wine, Bosman MCC Steen 2012, this was paired with canapés of Bobotie ‘Cigars” and Sweetcorn Fritters with Crushes Avocado, Chilli and Lime.
This sparking wine was delicious and substantially flavoured with mixed fruits, clean and crisp with a balanced aftertaste. Perfectly paired with the tasty fritters and creamy avocado.
We then sat at a beautiful table, fit for the finest dinner party, with an array of glasses ready for the tasting. We were served with Prawns and Atjar with a Bosman Adama White 2015, this was a marriage made in heaven, the wine was smooth and round, with grapefruit and passion fruit aromas, accented by spicy notes from the oak maturation, perfectly paired with seafood and in particular this spicy yet crisp prawn dish.
Next was Taste the Difference Fairtrade Chenin Blanc (£7) paired with Piri Piri Chicken on Mango & Fennel Slaw. This is a flavorful, affordable, fruity wine with tropical fruit flavours and vanilla aromas. Which worked really well with the mildly spiced Piri Piri Chicken and crunchy Slaw.
Taste the Difference Fairtrade Vine Garden Rosé 2016 (£8) was served with the most beautifully presented Grilled Fig, Feta & Beetroot Salad with Pomegrante Molasses dressing. Fortunately the salad was as delicious as it looked and the wine was perfectly matched with its fresh berry notes, and a depth of finish that gave it a fabulous lingering taste.
Then on to the reds, first was Taste the Difference Fairtrade South African Shiraz 2016, very affordable at £6 and available form November. A light and fruity wine, followed by a layer of oak spice, this was paired with a tasty Lamb Sosastie with Spiced Rice, a good red wine to serve with a spicy curry.
Last was a luscious, plumy, velvety, robust red, Taste the Difference Fairtrade Cabernet Merlot 2015 matured in oak barrels, very reasonably priced at £7. This was served with a wonderful warm and wintery Venison Sausage Stew with Creamy Polenta, all in all a great combination.
I didn’t think after this truly delectable spread of food and fine wines that I could fit another thing in, but somehow with my mint tea and the temptation of Salted Caramel Balls and Petit Fours, I managed. The ideal end to a wonderful evening hosted so perfectly by Sainsbury’s and Food at 52.