Tasting at Bolenius

Tasting at Bolenius

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Tasting at Bolenius

Over a matched four-course lunch by celebrity chef Luc Kusters, we tasted a selection of South Africa's wonderful sustainable wines; being dry was not an option on this afternoon. We tasted with a live connection with Siobhan Thompson, CEO of Wines of South Africa, and a number of winemakers who had come over specially, including Liezl Dippenaar of Nederburg Wine Estate in Paarl (pictured). The wines were explained by registry vintner Angélique Chamboné. Highlight: the dish 'the kitchen garden of the Zuidas' with all vegetables of the season laid out as a miniature work of art (see photo). Reyneke's biodynamically produced Sauvignon Blanc from Stellenbosch is a dry style, we taste rhubarb. Lars Daniëls says he wants to give it a few more years. The Sauvignon Blanc/Chenin Blanc from fair trade producer Du Toitskloof from Franschhoek is already very aromatic, sweet but with fine citrus on the palate and so a perfect match with the dish.

REYNEKE, SAUVIGNON BLANC RESERVE 2019 | WINES-DEKOK.COM | €16.95
DU TOITSKLOOF, SAUVIGNON BLANC 2021 | GRANDCRUWIJNEN.NL | €9.95

Hospitable castle

When the word chateau or castle comes to mind, our wine heart immediately starts beating. Maurick Castle in Vught is there for fine wining & dining and informed us that they have a new brigade, so that visitors can be even better pampered. Klaas van Leengoed and Niek van Lieverloo joined forces back in 2015 to breathe new life into the 15th-century castle.

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