Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Showcasing Ormonde wines at The Taj Hotel in September

Ormonde wines from Darling are being showcased at The Taj hotel in Cape Town for the month of September. This is a taste teaser for the chef’s pairing dinners with the wine estate’s wines throughout the month. They were presenting their Barrel selection range. Ormonde and The Taj hosted an early evening launch last Thursday evening in the foyer of the hotel and we were invited. The present owner of Ormonde is Theo Basson. The farm is large, 3500 hectares with 380 planted with grapes. They also produce the Alexanderfontein wines. They say "the Darling hills are on contours of an ancient granite intrusion. These molten rocks, forced from the earth to 300m above sea level, guard the Atlantic Ocean while banks of fog roll to the foot of the hills, blessing the vineyard with coolness and moisture". And they produce grapes of such quality that there are many wine farms in other areas that buy these superb grapes for their wines
Adre Rheeder, COO of Ormonde was there to meet and greet the guests
One of two white wines on offer, the 2016 Sauvignon Blanc; typical Darling grapes, tropical guava and hay, a good mouth feel with crisp and dry gooseberries, figs and limes and some soft tannins
The wines were served by one of the Taj staff members to hotel and invited guests
Adre and Samantha Koegelenberg who is responsible for Ormonde's sales and marketing
Canapés were served. This is a version of Caprese salad; pesto tomato and mozzarella on bread
Mini cheese croquettes
The 2014 wooded Chardonnay with whiffs of smoke, golden apricots and hay. An intriguing nose. A good tingle of fruit acid, rich fruit, cooked apples and marmalade, nicely blended with the wood. A food wine of good character. Very quaffable too!
Two premium wines from their collection in a showcase, named after the two grandfathers of the Basson family who own Ormonde. The Ormonde Vernon Basson a Bordeaux style red. Vernon Basson was present owner Theo Basson's grandfather and The Vernon Basson wine is dedicated to their founding principal and grandfather who lived by the creed, "Mediocrity is never an option". The Theodore Eksteen, a blend of Shiraz and Grenache is named for the grandfather and patriarch to his descendants who own Ormonde
There were three good red wines for tasting
Some sauced beef mini sosaties
The Ormonde 2015 Pinot Noir is aromatic and perfumed with cherries and fynbos herbs. The sweet cherry fruit carries over to the palate with the addition of salt and licorice, most enjoyable
The 2014 Ormonde Shiraz has incense wood and spice with raspberries and red fruit on the nose. Dark mulberry fruit, some warmth and more of that salty licorice on the palate. Some grippy tannins which soften to dark caramel toffee wood on the end. Another food wine
The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is a classic with cassis and violets on the nose and palate, with some dark malt and black cherries. The wood supports in the background

Some beef rolls with carrot and rocket went well with the red wines
and were also good with the Sauvignon
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