Whisky Tasting with Pierre Meintjes

We were privileged to offer a Distell International whisky tasting experience, presented by a Master Keeper of the Quaich – Pierre Meintjes. Pierre, who is known as “Mr Whisky” in South Africa has been in the whisky business for over 40 years. Pierre was honoured by the Scottish Whisky Industry for his ten years’ service and passion by making him one of two Masters of the Quaich’s in Africa. South Africa is the fifth biggest importer in volume and the seventh biggest in value of Scotch whisky. There are around a hundred distilleries in Scotland, making Malt whisky by the centuries old Pot Still method or Grain whisky in the Coffey or Patent Still, which has been used since 1831.

Salt Wine Pairing experience with Chef Craig Cormack

Terroirs Tasting with Kristin Basson, the Fleur du Cap white wine maker

Vintage Magnums Tasting with Michael van Deventer of the Vinotèque

Michael van Deventer on the Vinotèque presented and discussed 8 magnificent Magnums inside the atmospheric Bergkelder Wine Cellar in Stellenbosch. The wines were: Le Bonheur Prima 2000, Alto Cabernet Sauvignon 2000, Fleur du Cap Cabernet Sauvignon 2003, Stellenzight Golden Triangle Pinotage 2003, Allesverloren Tinta Barocca 2007, Plaisir De Merle Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Jacobsdal Pinotage 2012 and Alto Shiraz 2012.

Tasting Rosé wines with Ricardo Cloete

Ricardo Cloete took the packed monthly tasting through some excellent Rosé wines. These included: Durbanville Hills Rosé 2015, Hill & Dale Merlot Rosé 2015, Allesverlorenr Tinta Rosé 2015, Two Oceans Rosé, 2015, Fleur Du Cap Light Rosé, 2015, Nederburg Foundation Rosé 2015, Graca Rosé and Theuniskraal Muscado Rosé 2015.

Tasting MCC’s with J.C. Le Roux’s winemaker Elmarie Botes

Elmarie Botes is the winemaker at The House of J.C. Le Roux. She presented 12 J.C. Le Roux Mcc’s. J.C. Le Roux Brut 2011, Pongracz Rosé 2013, Pongracz Brut 2013, Durbanville Hills Blanc de Blanc 2012, Plaisir De Merle Brut 2011, Uitkyk Glass Memories 2011, J.C. Le Roux Pinot Noir 2009, J.C. Le Roux Pinot Noir Rosé 2009, J.C. Le Roux Scintilla 2009, Desiderius 2008, J.C. Le Roux La Vallée and J.C. Le Roux La Vallée Rosé

View a gallery of the people at the tasting evening here

Blind Tasting 10 Stellenzicht Wines with winemaker Guy Webber

Guy Webber is the winemaker & at Stellenzicht. He presented a blind tasting featuring the following wines: Stellenzicht Golden Triangle Sauvignon Blanc 2007, Sauvignon Blanc Sémillon 2015, Cellarmaster Release Chandonnay 2008,  Sémillon Reserve 2009, Golden Triangle Pinotage 2001, Single Vineyard Pinotage (Barrel) 2014, Rhapsody 2002, Rhapsody 2007, Golden Triangle Shiraz 2004 and Syrah 2004

Tasting Pinotage with Duimpie Bayly

Duimpie Bayly known as ‘Mr Pinotage’ presented 10 Pinotage wines at Die Bergkelder. The wines were: Fleur du Cap Pinotage Unfiltered, Fleur du Cap Pinotage, Neethlingshof Pinotage, Uitkyk Pinotage, Zonnebloem Pinotage, Durbanville Hills Pinotage, Durbanville Hills Rhinofields Pinotage, Jacobsdal Pinotage, Neethlingshof The Ownl Post Pinotage, Zonnebloem Pinotage Limited Edition.

White Wines 2015 Tasting with Pieter Badenborst

Winemaker Pieter Badenhorst presented a selection of white wines at Die Bergkelder’s monthly wine experience. The wines included: Two Oceans Sauvignon Blanc, Zonnebloem Blanc de Blanc, Zonnebloem Sauvignon Blanc, Lomond Sauvignon Blanc, Durbanville Hills Sauvignon Blanc, Durbanville Hills Rhinofields Sauvignon Blanc, Fleur du Cap Sauvignon Blanc and Fleur du Cap Sauvignon Blanc Unfiltered.

Rediscover Brandy with Simon Dicks

Simon Dicks presented the brandy distillery process and a selection of brandies at Die Bergkelder’s monthly wine experience. The brandies presented were: Fish Eagle, Richelieu, Klipdrift Gold, Oude Meester 12YO, Van Ryn’s 12YO, Oude Meester 18YO and Bisquit ‘Cognac’.

Uitkyk Wine Estate Winemaker – Estelle Lourens

Estelle Lourens is the winemaker at Uitkyk Wine Estate in Stellenbosch. She presented a selection of Uitkyk wines at Die Bergkelder’s monthly wine experience. The wines presented were: 2014 Uitkyk Sauvignon Blanc, 2012 Uitkyk Chenin Blanc, 2013 Uitkyk Pinotage, 2010 Uitkyk Shiraz and the 2011 Uitkyk Carlonet.