Nederburg Wines and Cycling in Devon

Nederburg Wines
Nederburg Wines Beautiful Lady Gewurtz with Orange Polenta Cake and Passionfruit Cream
Nederburg Wines Beautiful Lady Gewurtz with Orange Polenta Cake and Passionfruit Clotted Cream

Nederburg Wines is a farm in Stellenbosch, Western Cape, making high quality wines in all styles. The company recently hosted a wine and cycling visit at Kentisbury Grange boutique hotel in north Devon with dinner at chef Michael Caines‘ Coach House restaurant to show new releases and the wines’ food matching potential.

Highlights from the evening were:

Pongracz Desiderius, Cap Classique 2008, chardonnay / pinot noir. On trend with the current craze for all things fizz, Cap Classique sits well in the ‘champagne alternative’ bracket. Made from the same grapes and by the same ‘traditional method’ as champagne, Cap Classique’s flavour profile is rounder, richer and softer than many champagnes. A perfect crowd pleasing aperitif in a cool bottle. Buy online.

Fusion style starters can take a full bodied white wine. Gewurt is a floral grape that matched superbly with confit of salmon with kimchi and crushed peanuts. The off dryness supporting the sweetness of a chilli jam dressing perfectly. A great match.

Buy Heritage Heroes, The Beautiful Lady, Gewurtz online.

The country’s signature red grape Pinot T* is a pinot noir crossed with cinsaut (a grape in Provence rosé) making a juicy, fresh, lighter red perfect for summer. Nederburg holds a famous fine wine auction in September where buyers can find rare and fine South African wines.

To see details of the wines and to bid, visit the auction website.

Nederburg Wines has an innovative approach to grape varieties and a willingness to experiment. Another tasty red is a blend of sangiovese, the grape of Tuscany with barbera and nebbiolo, varieties in the Barolo region in Italy. Perfect with slow cooked Exmoor lamb loin.

Buy Ingenuity Collection Italian Blend online.

Chenin Blanc is one of the most ‘mineral’ white grape varieties. A distinctive, stony structure makes it a popular refreshing white wine. Chenin also makes Sauternes like sweet wines, rich, unctuous and an excellent match for a regional cheese platter at the end of the evening.

Buy The Winemasters, Late Harvest Chenin Blanc online.

The visit to Devon included two sessions on top spec bikes with local professional trainer Propello. Cycling is becoming ever more popular as a leisure activity and works excellently woven into any wine visit or holiday. The hills of north Devon are great to push yourself if you are a keen cyclist already and there are plenty of gentle runs too for the less hard core.

Kentisbury Grange is a boutique hotel with self catering coach house and barn plus garden lodges set in beautiful grounds with ducks and a resident peacock. Nearby attractions include National Trust Arlington Court and the beautiful beaches of Ilfracombe and Woolacombe.

Michael Caines’ Coach House restaurant holds Jazz Thursdays and is participating in Devon Restaurant Month during June.

Travel to Devon from London by train from Paddington to Tiverton Parkway then 45 minutes taxi or by car. Barnstaple is the nearest town – directions from the M5.

The press visit was excellently organised by Oliver Stuart and Emma Ackerman of Distell owned Nederburg Wines and Chloe Rowley of Touch PR. Many thanks to all!

Nederburg wines are distributed in the UK on trade by Matthew Clark.

*Pinotage is South Africa’s signature red grape, previously called Hermitage, but has had a bad press in the past. I have renamed it Pinot T here as I believe this negative perception is outdated.