06 Jan Unlock The scents of summer With Cathedral Cellar
South Africa is known for many unique wonders, one being its sensational summer months. And just in time for the festive season, cue lazy days next to the ocean, chatty afternoons with family and friends, and spending time around packed festive tables while sharing special food and drink.
This season, KWV’s Cathedral Cellar range of premium wines and KWV ambassador chef, Mynhardt Joubert, are joining forces to create a sensory experience like few: unlocking the Scents of Summer.
Like seasons, wine has a particular scent – an aroma that tells the story of the soil in which it was grown, the weather when it was harvested, the touch of the winemaker and the barrel in which it rested. At the heart of this enigmatic process? Energy. An energy that is released as soon as the wine is opened and poured. An energy with the special ability to transform conversations into confessions, family dining into dancing, moments into memories.
In celebration of summer, Cathedral Cellar invites sun chasers to journey with them as they unpack the unique storytelling aromas of its wines while creating new memories with Scents of Summer.
Both the Cathedral Cellar Triptych and Sauvignon Blanc capture the essence of two very different summers. The Cathedral Cellar Triptych 2016 is the result of heat spikes during October, preceding harvest. This introduced a drier than normal December and early January, followed by yet another heat wave that lasted six weeks. The sun that ripens the grape to perfection can also overripen, and to prevent the latter, 2016 turned into one of the earliest harvests in recent wine history. The Cathedral Cellar Triptych displays the delicate balance of that warm harvest with a bouquet of concentrated black fruit, a juicy richness and a slight tinge of sage.
A long, dry season might have been written for the 2018 harvest, and the Cathedral Cellar Sauvignon Blanc tells that tale. It was the third year in a row that the groundwater levels hadn’t been recharged, and while October and November of the preceding year saw higher rainfall, it wasn’t enough to make up the deficit. The harvest was delayed, and when the grapes were picked, they were noticeably smaller in size and yield. But this summer had a gift, too: the compact berries packed huge concentration, at full ripeness. The Cathedral Cellar Sauvignon Blanc 2018 smells of that gift – it is an incredibly expressive wine with distinct aromas of grapefruit, melon rind, apple and a touch of lime. The palate is fresh, but without that biting acidity so often associated with this varietal.
To pay homage to these two very different summers, Chef Mynhardt has created two festive dishes to match to these two wines: tobacco and rooibos smoked springbok fillet with cocoa nibs and vanilla mashed orange sweet potato paired with Cathedral Cellar Triptych, and coconut fried and grilled prawns with papino, red onion, coriander salsa and grilled pineapple perfectly accompanied by Cathedral Cellar Sauvignon Blanc.
About Cathedral Cellar wines
In 2018, KWV celebrated 100 years of excellence since the iconic brand started trading in 1918. Centennial celebrations included the launch of KWV’s Cathedral Cellar. The impressive cellar was originally built in 1930 as a private events venue and is currently under the custodianship of KWV ambassador chef, Mynhardt Joubert. Cathedral Cellar houses an awe-inspiring collection of 32 barrels measuring approximately three meters in circumference – a striking backdrop to this serene and mystical setting.
With five premium varietals, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Triptych, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, the KWV Cathedral Cellar collection impresses with wines made in a more serious style. The wines’ quality is a true reflection of KWV’s selection ethos using grapes from only the very best vineyard blocks and vintages across the Western Cape.
Visit the KWV Cathedral Cellar website for more information. Cathedral Cellar can be found in selected Checkers stores nationwide.
Experience Cathedral Cellar wines through tours and tastings at the Emporium in Paarl. For more information, contact the KWV Emporium on +27 (0)21 807 3007/8 o.