PRETORIA.co.za's Wine Club at Caraffa
Monday, 22 October 2012 00:00
The final PRETORIA.co.za Wine Club of 2012 was hosted at Caraffa Ristorante with Saronsberg Wine Estate. The warm, cosy ambiance of the restaurant created the perfect setting to relax with good friends, great food and excellent wine. The old world charm of Caraffa whisked us away for a moment to an Italian feast, hidden in the private dining area we explored the treasures of the Saronsberg Estate.
Tyron Dewing and Mandy Dewing introduced us to this exquisite estate. Saronsberg, a recent addition to the Tulbagh valley, was formed late 2002. Two farm portions of the historic Twee Jonge Gezellen, Waveren and Welgegund, were purchased and combined to create a distinctive location for this progressive winery.
They have reaped numerous awards for their superb creations, including the SAWI Top SA Wines 2012 – Grand Gold for their Saronsberg Shiraz 2010 (which we had the pleasure of sampling), 2012 Amorim MCC Challenge – Gold Medal for their Saronsberg Methode Cap Classique 2009 (our welcoming drink, setting the bar high for the night) and Top 100 SA Wines 2012: Bordeaux Red Blend – Best Value Award for the Provenance Rooi 2010 (another one of our great discoveries for the evening)
Michela Paoletich, owner of Caraffa, orchestrated the marvellous dishes to showcase the wines.
Firstly, a fabulous Antipasto – Panzerotti Napoletana. A pocket of pasta filled with spinach and ricotta topped with fresh tomato sauce, paired with the Sauvignon Blanc 2012. This was followed by the delicious Primo – Salmon Champagne. Grilled salmon with creamy champagne sauce topped with rocket, served with mash. The Viognier 2011 complimented it perfectly.
Next, to “reset” our taste buds, a pallet cleanser – ice cream, coarse salt and Saronsberg olive oil. Not only do they produce award-winning wines, the estate also boasts with fruit and olive orchards. The first vintage of olive oil was produced in 2009, with great commercial potential.
This was followed by a delicious Secondi – Sirlion al Forno. Sirlion roasted in the pizza oven with olive oil, balsamic and chili. It was accompanied by two outstanding options, the Shiraz 2010 and Provenance Rooi 2010. And lastly to round the evening off, the Dolce – Pavlova. Meringue topped with fresh cream and stewed berries. A surprise pairing was presented with the Straw Wine 2007 (only released in two months) A very tedious process to produce, but the deliciously sweet result is well worth the effort!
Caraffa and Saronsberg created a most enjoyable evening of exceptional spreads and high quality wines. If you haven’t joined one of our Wine Clubs yet, make sure you set time aside next year for a lovely outing.
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* Photos by Milk Photography