The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Festival @WineMenuSA

The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Festival @WineMenuSA

Regarded as one of the country’s most exclusive boutique wine tastings – featuring more than 80 of South Africa’s best Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs as well as four from France, New Zealand and Argentina and takes place at The Wanderers Club in Illovo on Thursday, May 12 from 18h00.

Lights snacks will be served to complement the styles of wine being sampled.

Now being held in Johannesburg for the fourth time, the show has grown year-on-year. It started off with 15 farms but this year features 35 South African producers as well as French wines Bouchard Pere et Fils Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2014 and William Fevre Chardonnay 2014; Finca Flichman Reserva Chardonnay 2012 from Argentina and Framingham Pinot Noir 2012 from New Zealand. Participation in the festival is by invitation only with the organisers choosing what wines are shown to ensure that only top quality wines are shown at the festival. The average cost of wines on show is more than R200 a bottle.

Says organiser Corlien Morris from Wine Menu: “This is a targeted wine experience that focuses on the flavours and nuances of these two famous Burgundian varietals. Generally many high-end, award-winning Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays are not shown at other festivals because they are often too expensive with a small production. People who come to The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Festival are generally passionate and knowledgeable about wine and are interested in these varietals.”

Wines are on sale on the night, often at less than retail prices. Some are no longer available on the general marketplace.

Producers showing their wines for the first time at The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Festival are Hannes Storm’s own label wine, the Storm Vrede Pinot Noir; The Fledge & Co’s Katvis Pinot Noir; Koon Roose’s Spioenkop Pinot Noir 2013; Restless River Chardonnay 2013; Altydgedacht Pinot Noir 2013; Camino Africana Pinot Noir Reserve 2013; Fram Chardonnay 2015; Julien Schaal Evidence Chardonnay 2014 and Moya’s Vineyards Pinot Noir 2015.

Five star platter wines on the night include the Bouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak Pinot Noir 2013; Newton Johnson Family Vineyards Pinot Noir 2015 and Family Vineyards Chardonnay 2015; Paul Cluver Seven Flags Pinot Noir 2013 and Sumaridge Chardonnay 2013.


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