South African winery Nederburg has for this season crafted a selection of limited-edition, hand-made gourmet wines. The Heritage Heroes collection, made to honour some of the major figures in the South African winemaking industry and who has also been a source of inspiration to Nederburg’s winemaster, Razvan Macici. The quartet collection comprises of The Brew Master, The Motorcycle Marvel, The Anchorman, and The Young Airhawk. Each bottle is given a 4 stars and above rating in South Africa’s Platter’s Wine Guide.
Nederburg Wines has a history of over more than two centuries. Founded in 1791 by Philippus Wolvaart, the winery is now helmed by the winemaster Razvan Macici and has received awards like the 2012 International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) South Africa Wine Producer of the Year award.
The Motorcycle Marvel is a 2009 Rhone-style blend. It honours the legendary winemaker Gunter Brozel, who was cellarmaster at Nederburg from 1956 to 1989 who played a leading role in building Nederburg’s reputation as the most awarded winery in South Africa. The Shiraz grapes were hand-sorted at the cellar and then fermented on the skins in open fermenters. The wine, is then matured for 24 months in 300 and 500-litre second and third-fill French and Romanian oak barrels. No new wood was used to ensure a delicate extraction of colour and flavour.
The colour is a dark, intense red with flavours that remind me of a mild pepper and rounded fruit. It is best paired with roasts, steaks, spicy chicken and intensely flavoured pasta dishes. Very easy to drink, this was well received around the table.
The Anchorman is a 2011 Chenin Blanc. It is named after Nederburg’s founder, Phillippus Wolvaart, for his purchase of the farm in 1791 and the planting of the Chenin Blanc. It is testimony to the dedication and hard work Wolvaart played in establishing the winery. For me, this was the more unique wine of the two. One portion of fruit was fermented in second-hand and third-fill 300-litre and 500-litre barrels. A second component was then fermented in stainless-steel tanks, while a third of it was fermented in very old, large vats and the remainder involved a fermentation technique usually reserved for red wines – carbonic maceration.
After malolactic fermentation, the various components were kept on the less for 9 months prior to final blending and bottling. The colour is a brilliant yellow with a golden hue. The flavours reminiscent of ripe fruits, especially apricots and oranges with a distinct blend of charred smokiness. Well spiced, this was a blend well acquired for select tastebuds and is recommended to go with fish, poultry, veal, pasta and salads – essentially light tasting dishes that will harmonize with the deeper flavours of the Chenin Blanch.
After the night of going through the wines, I had a third of the bottle of The Motorcycle Marvel left. I could have kept it, but was equally tempted to whip up a batch of lovingly cooked Mussels steamed in Red Wine, Garlic, Onions and Tomato. Fantastic. The sweetness and deep meatiness from the mussels complemented the wine well, creating a broth that was soothing and comforting.
Wines from the Heritage Heroes range are available at $39 per bottle at the Duty Free Store, and will be available at select restaurants across Singapore. To learn more about the wines, visit http://www.nederburg.com
Thank you Nederburg for the wines.