TASTING PLEASURES IN THE SPOTLIGHT AT HERMANUS FYNARTS WINE PLUS 2019
The sixth Wine Plus programme – now a firm favourite of the dynamic Hermanus FynArts festival – takes a few new turns this year. Although each of the seven presentations is a well-worth stand-alone, the complete series is designed to fulfil the theme of offering instruction on enhancing the pleasure inherent in tasting a range of fine wines.
This year Wine Plus has a new home and date slot, the latter scheduled for Thursday to Sunday, June 13-15 taking place at The Wine Glass in Hermanus, a venue well geared to provide sustenance from their popular menu.
Exploring the theme - the tasting pleasures of fine wine – will offer those less familiar with the how and what with an introduction and guide to tasting today.
The programme will offer ‘snapshots’ of three of today’s newsworthy regions and three varietal wines that define our unique winelands.
Wine Plus is curated for its sixth iteration by Melvyn Minnaar, who was honoured last year by Veritas for his contribution to SA wine. Presenters comprise some of the movers and shakers in contemporary local world of wine.
To start the series, Master of Wine, Cathy van Zyl will share her passion, labelled “Discovering the Pleasure” on Thursday, 13th. Her choice of eight wines include both the reinvented classics and the thrill of the new.
Later that afternoon Bevan Newton Johnson of the well-known wine family will join Cathy van Zyl to present their selection of the super stars in A Snapshot of Hemel-en-Aarde. Once again expect the unusual and the well-known.
Friday, 14th, sees A Snapshot of Constantia with Boela Gerber, celebrated winemaker at Groot Constantia, and his regional colleagues Danna de Jongh of Constantia Uitsig and Brad Paton of Buitenverwachting together with eight super wines.
For A Snapshot of the Swartland, the international-acclaimed winemaking team Chris and Andrea Mullineux have selected wines from the likes of David & Nadia, JC Wickens, The Sadie Family, AA Badenhorst and their own.
Saturday, 15th, the tasting-talks focus on two of South Africa’s standout individual varietals.
Celebrating, as it turns out, International Chenin Blanc Day, A Snapshot of Chenin Blanc brings Alastair Rimmer, cellarmaster at Kleine Zalze, to the morning session. Supported by the SA Chenin Blanc Association, expect showstoppers.
The latter too will feature Mr Pinotage himself, Beyers Truter who presents A Snapshot of Pinotage in the afternoon session. Supported by the SA Pinotage Association, he will show regional styles and ageability.
Wine Plus concludes on a fitting sparkling note on Sunday morning, June 16 with the now traditional bubbly presentation. MCC master Pieter Ferreira is joined for A Snapshot of Méthode Cap Classique by Paul Gerber of Colmant to showcase the latest of the best. Supported by the Cap Classique Producers’ Association.
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