We’re spoilt for paired-tasting offerings in the Cape. Nougat, cheese, chocolate, roosterkoek, cupcakes… You name it and a paired tasting has been done. Which means that trying to come up with something new to amuse and delight isn’t easy, but that’s exactly what the folks at Neil Ellis Wines have done. Working with a chef, they have come up with four fantastically unusual pesto sauces to pair with their wines. Though guidance is ultimately given on the ideal pairing, the idea is that tasters get to play and try the various pestos – which are served with pita triangles – with four different wines to find their ultimate personal combo. So much more interactive, this is downright fun.
The four wines you get to taste as part of this pairing experience are:
- Their Amica Sauvignon Blanc – a barrel-fermented SB from a single vineyard in the Jonkershoek Valley. The wine showcases white floral notes along with nectarines, lime and lemongrass.
- Their Whitehall Chardonnay – a very elegant Burgundian-style Chardonnay from a single vineyard in the Elgin Valley. On this wine you’ll find lime and melon along with ripe but subtle citrus notes.
- Their Bottelary Hills Pinotage – made from 20-year-old bush vine vineyards in the Bottelary Hills. On this wine you’ll find lovely dark plum, cherry and blackberry fruit along with a very subtle touch of dark chocolate.
- Their Jonkershoek Cabernet Sauvignon – the estate’s signature Cabernet Sauvignon with all the hallmarks of the Jonkershoek Valley. Known for its classical structure and perfect balance of elegance and fruit power, it has complex notes of blue and black small berry fruit with touches of cedar and mint.
So, which wine would best pair with which pesto?