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Luddite and Genevieve Go Large in Jozi !

Book now for Bot River wine giants descending on the City of Gold

Sunday, 14 July

A royal wine experience hits the City of Gold on 14 July, when two outstanding boutique Cape wineries put on a once-off showcase of their collection of extraordinary vintages. Dubbed the GO LARGE Lunch, the event sees 9-litre bottles from the famed Bot River region’s King of Shiraz and Queen of Méthode Cap Classique served up alongside the big, bold flavours of Urbanologi restaurant.

The featured wineries are Luddite, whose owner winemaker Niels Verburg is renowned for his Midas touch with the red cultivar, and Genevieve MCC, crafted by owner Melissa Nelsen. Both hail from Bot River in the Overberg, a region known by its credo “real wine made by real people”; the unspoilt, down-to-earth, sociable character of the farmers; and, wines for lovers of the road less travelled.

For the small-town experience in the big city of Jozi, serving the Shiraz from 9-litre bottles and the MCC from magnums makes the occasion unique. The aim is to give enthusiasts the opportunity to experience the difference in taste that a large-format bottle makes.

Guests will be welcomed with canapes and the 2010 vintage Genevieve MCC, a tiny producer with small amounts bottled in magnums.

Then it’s onto a tapas-style lunch paired with five vintages of Luddite Shiraz out of 9-litre bottles; 9.0 L Salmanazar:Equivalent to twelve standard 750 ml bottles or a full case of wine! – the first of its kind to take place in Johannesburg and one designed to show the varying effects that terroir, climate and crop size has on wine. “In big bottle format wine comes across fresher,” says Niels’ wife, Penny, who co-hosts the event. “It just seems to age better in big bottles.”

Luddite has built a loyal following since its establishment, particularly for the Shiraz whose first vintage came in 2000. In fact, the 8,5ha farm was bought with Shiraz being the Verburg’s sole aim. Luddite was the name given to 19thcentury workmen who destroyed labour-saving machinery. The name suited Penny and Niels’ focus on artisanal passion and excellence rather than wine mechanisation. Today, some people describe Luddite Shiraz as Niels-in-a-glass; he’s six foot four, with a smile the embodiment of a warm embrace.

 

As for the bubbly to be served, 2010 was the first year Melissa decided on magnums, setting aside just 120 bottles of her precious Genevieve MCC. She had always had a love for bubbly and when the opportunity arose to make it, she jumped. Genevieve is her second name and the patron saint of Paris, making Genevieve MCC the perfect link between great South African MCC made in the style of French Champagne.

The Genevieve 2010 spent four years on lees and five years oncork. Made from Chardonnay, the wine shows delicate and generous bubbles with crisp aromas of lime blossom, fig and hints of bright mineral flavours. Vibrant and supple on the palate, it reveals rounded and expressive flavours of pear and brioche that linger.

Coming together at Urbanologi, famed for fine, eco-friendly food, the wines meet a formidable partner that has been described the “clear standoutof must-visit inner-city dining spots”. Located at the uber-cool 1 Fox Precinct of Ferreirasdorp in the heart of Jozi, the restaurant epitomises the concept of casual fine dining.

It’s an ideal match with Bot River’s farmer-friendly philosophy thanks to chef Jack Coetzee’s new Project 150culinary mantra – a sustainability declaration to source all ingredients except spices, within 150km of the restaurant.  

For the GO LARGE Lunch, Jack goes beyond the ordinary, stepping away from the regular menu. He won’t reveal the line-up just yet, except to say a divine culinary surprise awaits.  One thing’s for sure though: if you’ve booked a seat, you’re in for a royal treat.

Booking details

Date:                         Sunday, 14 July

Time:                         12h00

Venue:                      Urbanologi

Cost:                         R900 per person

Tickets are limited. To book contact Sharon at info@luddite.co.za, or call 028 284 9308.

Bot River hosts blooming nice Spring Weekend with a new vintage for Genevieve MCC !

Winter has kept us hidden but we are preparing to pop some corks soon to celebrate the Bot River Spring Weekend 3rd – 4th  September 2016.

Genevieve MCC will be  showing off our new 2012 vintage and also releasing a Zero Dosage.. very exciting! Our venue for this year is the lovely Luddite Wine Estate.

Some details:

We’ll be serving an overflow of oysters to pair with the bubblies.

Luddite will be releasing their new vintage of Saboteur range.

plus sooooo much more!

Most of the Bot River farms will be open on the weekend , this is a great opportunity to visit and take part in our farm delights and make a weekend of it.

For more activities Bot River Farm Activities and to book your weekend pass get your tickets!
See you there!

Cheers 
Melissa

Genevieve MCC making news in Netherlands

Lars Daniels MCC tasting

Lars Daniëls ( Netherlands) tastes Genevieve MCC

Lars Daniëls; Senior Editor at Perswijn a wine publication in the Netherlands has written a note worthy article about South African Méthode Cap Classiques. It included a lovely mention and rating of the Genevieve MCC 2011 which is available for sale in the Netherlands at Wine Matters.

genevieve mcc 2011 rating

Lars Daniëls Genevieve MCC 2011 Rating

To read the entire article please see here.Cap Classique – Lars Daniels

Barrels and Beards Harvest Celebration: 15-16 April 2016

Barrel & Beards Celebrations 2016

Barrel & Beards Celebrations 2016

Barrels and  Beards Harvest Celebration is one of my favourite events of the year. After harvest all us Bot River winemakers just want to get together and celebrate and we enjoy it even more when others are keen to join in too!

TO DO LIST:

WHAT’S THE PLAN,where must I go, what must I do??

Friday night warm-up at Honingklip 

The winemakers of Bot River love nothing more than an ice cold craft beer on a Friday arve and after harvest it even more welcome, so join them for a relaxed kuier at our local Bot River brewery -Honingklip from 18h00 – tickets are R180 and include beer and pork sausages.

Saturday morning Tasting with Roland Peens

The unique ‘Best of Bot River Tasting’ at Goedvertrouw Wine Estate – owned and run by Elreda Pillman – on the Saturday morning is aimed at the more serious winos and cellar buffs. During the first part of the tasting, guests will have a chance to taste the best of the 2015 vintage hailing from Bot River. After that, Roland Peens will present a blind tasting of the finest wines from Bot River against international counterparts. Tickets : R350 tasting & lunch

Saturday evening – The Baard Paartie

At the main event at Barton Vineyards on Saturday evening, guests will be able to taste the young wines from the 2016 vintage, straight from the barrel, whilst comparing them to older vintages of the same wine. This will be followed by a delicious, proudly Botriviera dinner and of course, the long-awaited Beard competition. Wines will be on sale on the evening. Tickets: R450 tasting and dinner and so much fun!

More info: www.botriverwines.com or email bookforbarrels@gmail.com

SEE YOU THERE!

Cheers

Melissa

Bot River Spring Weekend 5th & 6th September 2015.

We’ve all been patiently waiting for the sun to come out and play and see fit to celebrate the change of season with our annual Bot River Spring Weekend.

Bot River Spring Weekend 2015

I’ll be pouring the latest vintage of Genevieve MCC 2011 at Luddite Wines this year. A family affair sure to entertain and while away your time in Bot River. This year we’re adding an option of oysters to your tasting of Genevieve MCC, why because we love oysters and well sometimes you need to enjoy a little extra delectable something to bring out the joie de vivre!

 

Penny Verburg of Luddite Wines has been cooking up a storm; your lunch treats to be enjoyed with a glass of Luddite Shiraz or Chenin made by the great man Niels Verburg. I’ve included the menu in her words to give you a big yummy picture of what she’s been preparing.

“ I’ve been beavering away in the kitchen and have the following on offer for the weekend:
Old fashioned pork pies served with a side salad and home made piccalilli
Selection of Richard Bosman’s charcuterie, home made bread, pates and farm butter
Vegetarian mushroom pate, breads, salad and local cheeses
The pantry is bulging with stuff grown and made on the farm: jams, marmalades, pickles, olive oil and yummy lemon and granadilla curd!”

And then to top it all off we thought we’d add some more colour to the day with some great local artists showing off their wares.

Wendy Voogt will be exhibiting her paintings, John the Potter will have some pottery on sale, Jo Elkin will be selling her goods and lastly there will be a washing line full of Sue Heyns beautiful patchwork quilts

Time: Saturday / Sunday: 10:00 -15:00

See you this weekend!

Melissa , Penny & Niels!

Should you need further info, please contact Melissa@genevievemcc.co.za

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PS: Brush up on your 101 to TASTING oysters!

Oyster tasting is similar to wine tasting. You’re trying to absorb and appreciate the nuances in flavor and texture imparted by climatic conditions. The culmination of these effects is what oyster aficionados call “meroir.”

The 6 S’s of Pro Oyster Tasting

#1 SEE: Feast with your eyes! Study the shell, shape, and color.

#2 SMELL: It should smell sea-breezy and sweet, not fishy at all.

#3 SIP: Sip the oyster liquor to get a sense of the salinity.

#4 SLURP: Shimmy the oyster meat loose, tilt the flat edge of the shell to your lips and slurp! Don’t discard the oyster liquor (faux pas).

#5 SAVOR: Chew a few times to get the full body taste; notice the progression from nose (salty) to body (sweet/flavors) to finish (lingering aroma).

#6 SHARE: Flip the shell over, discuss your impressions with friends and enjoy Genevieve MCC!

 



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