Let’s face it, you’ll need a stiff drink later on Wednesday
From wine to whisky, some top tipples to cheer yourself up and two events worth penciling in your diary
MAKE A NOTE
The Wade Bales annual Wine & Malt Whisky Affair takes place on May 9 and 10 in Cape Town. Tickets cost R350 at Quicket and include unlimited wine and whisky tasting, gourmet cheese, antipasti and artisanal breads.
Welgegund means “well-bestowed” – a perfect description of this heritage estate at the foot of the Hawequa mountains in Wellington. Its old blocks of low-yielding, dryland bush vines form part of the Old Vine Project, an industry initiative dedicated to recognising the special character of the Cape’s oldest vines. To this end, its Heritage Cinsaut 2017 (from vines planted in 1974) is an exceptional example of both the region and the grape varietal. With wax seals and individually numbered bottles, this wine is currently sold only at the cellar.
NAME TO KNOW: COURVOISIER COGNAC
It’s called “Le Minute Mystique”, and is used to describe the moment when Courvoisier comes into contact with air and years of rich aromas are unlocked. This cognac has a history steeped in the romance of Paris’s Golden Age, and can be savoured neat, over ice, or blended as the base of your favourite cocktail. The range includes a VS, VSOP, XO, and L’Essence de Courvoisier – a blend of rare eaux-de-vie, some of which date back to the early 1900s.
Three Ships 10-year-old single malt is produced at The James Sedgwick Distillery in Wellington. The latest batch was distilled in 2006 and matured for 10 years in old American oak. It exudes beautifully balanced notes that unravel on the nose and lead to flavours of fruit cake and subtle smoke on the palate.
GLENMORANGIE WILD CHILD ALLTA
Wild Child Allta is the first whisky created from yeast growing wild on Glenmorangie’s own barley and marks the 10th anniversary of the highland distillery’s pioneering, private-edition series, which showcases rare and intriguing limited-edition single malts. This, the latest in the series, is rich and fruity with a nose of biscuit and notes of vanilla, orange syrup and sweet chilli on the palate. Aptly, “allta” is gaelic for wild.
THE MOST WANTED CLUB BRINGS YOU THE CONSTANTIA WINE ROUTE AT THE KEYES ART MILE
Winemakers from nine wine producers in the Constantia Valley will be in Joburg to showcase their flagship wines at the Constantia in the City Wine and Food Experience, hosted by Wanted. Guests will enjoy an unforgettable evening of wine presented by Steenberg, Buitenverwachting, Klein Constantia, Eagles’ Nest, Constantia Glen, Beau Constantia, Constantia Royale and Groot Constantia, as well as négociant Wade Bales. Limited places at R150 on Quicklink.
• May 16; 5.30pm for 6pm at The Atrium of the Trumpet on Keyes Art Mile, 21 Keyes Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg. For more information on the Most Wanted Club, click here.