Bottling of The Vineyard's Wine at Warwick

Last week I attended my first 'work event' at my new company - the bottling of The Vineyard Hotel's second vintage at Warwick Wine Estate. Now, you know how much we adore Warwick  (for so, so many reasons) - there couldn't have been a better place to celebrate the occasion.

A gloomy day, made brighter by the promise of some exceptional wines - starting with the 2003 and 2004 Sauvignon Blanc from Warwick. Yes, that is a 10 year old white wine you are looking at - and it was exceptional. I consider Sauvignon Blanc the peak I have to conquer in my journey through white wine - as someone who started with red, it has proven a little difficult. However, this smooth, fruity and well-rounded gem from 2004 bowled me over. Pity I'm unlikely to find it on any restaurant wine lists.

After starting with yellowtail croquettes and bubbly, through to vintage Sauvignon Blancs and onto the bottling of the actual star of the day -the Sauvignon Blanc / Semillon blend from the Vineyard, lunch was very welcome.

We started with platters of pulled pork tacos, peri-peri chicken liver pate, whole baked camembert, braised mushrooms and Richard Bosman charcuterie, growing merrier by the second.

We were treated to a little (?) taster of the not-available-to-the-public Warwick Pink Lady - a delightfully dry rose - followed by a magnum of their flagship 2011 Trilogy. Told you, it was a day of exceptional wine.

Mains consisted of steak with a herb and truffle butter, coleslaw and truly magnificent skinny fries. There was a yes / no Tim Noakes debate going on at our table. I can happily report that not one fry went to waste.

Ending with flourless brownie bites, we left our oasis of good food, protected from the cold by our happy wine bubble. Perhaps the best Thursday at the office so far.


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