Anyone who read my old blog will know that this label (on a bottle given to me by Tandy during her recent visit to Johannesburg) would make me smile. I blogged under the name Original Cin until I moved to WordPress and found it was already taken (by someone who appears not to be using it *frown*). I made a mental note to investigate the other wines in the La Vierge stable and then – as happens – forgot all about it. Until last week.

I’d been invited to a tasting hosted by the sultry Gisela Bean of Bacchus & Co, Johannesburg representative of the La Vierge range, on Thursday night, at The Attic, on the Parkhurst foodie strip. The event was hosted simultaneously in four cities:Johannesburg, Cape Town, Pretoria and …Amsterdam! And we all connected on Twitter to share our findings.

La Vierge means ‘the virgin’ in French and this young winery has had some racy fun naming the wines, each of which has been given its own personality. As a digression, I want to point out that the labels are exquisite.

We first tasted the Pinot Noir 2010. La Vierge is focused on producing world class Pinot Noir and considers Black Madonna or Black Virgin an apt name for this wine. (Paired with Peking Duck Spring Rolls with Ginger & Hoisin.)

Next up:

The Last Temptation Riesling 2010. I have a personal, deep fondness for Riesling. It is a wine I grew up with and one of the first wines I got to know. Many wine tasters say that Gewurztraminer is the easiest wine to identify in a blind tasting; but for me it is Riesling. There’s just no mistaking that laddish and unmistakable hint of petrol as the first sip goes down. (Paired with Namibian Oysters.)

Original Sin Sauvignon Blanc 2009. Enough said, I was grinning from ear to ear. (Paired with Smoked Salmon on a Blini with Lemon & Crème Fraiche.)

Jezebelle Chardonnay 2010. A beautiful surprise to me, as everyone knows I am hardly Chardonnay’s biggest fan, but this was creamy and wonderful. (Paired with Seared Irish Scallops in a Hazelnut Butter.) I’d like to paper the walls of my boudoir with the label … (pic from La Vierge FB page.)

Nymphomane Cabernet Sauvignon (70%) Malbec (30%) 2009. (Paired with Lamb Noisette in Bernaise Sauce.) One of the Twitter users likened it to “a pole-dancing supermodel. Georgeous and bad in a good way.”

AntheliaShiraz (75%) Mourvedre (25%) 2009. (Paired with Sauteed Chestnut mushrooms, Roast Pepper and Goats Cheese.)

Satyricon Barbera (69%) Sangiovese (23%) Nebbiolo (8%) 2009. (Paired with Spanish Chorizo, Lemon and Extra Virgin Olive Oil.) Fruity and robust, I didn’t think I could be impressed after the dangerously fine Shiraz.

My table companions were great sports and the evening was truly a delight, but my ‘nose’ was off due to my flu and left the others to carry on partying. I do wish more events would take place in Parkhurst and Greenside, it’s ever such a trek to Sandton every time.

There are some photos of the event posted here.


53 Comments Add yours

  1. Oh Cin – this sexy bottle of Jezzebelle is beautiful. Love the label and I am slowly growing to enjoy and unwooded or lightly wooded Chardonnay.. I beggar to say that I would probably buy a bottle of this, should I spot it my local purely BECAUSE of the name and Label. I guess I am a bit of a wine slut! in that respect. xxxx have a great day xxx jan

    1. theonlycin says:

      This wine really surprised me Jan, I am so going to buy a few bottles.

  2. siggiofmaine says:

    Oh, I love the names of the wines…thank you for sharing the names and the pairings…It helps if the wine tastes good, but I’d buy them first for the labels on the bottles !
    Hope you are feeling well soon.
    ☮ ♥. Siggi in Downeast Maine, USA

    1. theonlycin says:

      Aren’t they too delightful, Siggi?

  3. dearrosie says:

    Sounds like a superb wine selection! (what a pity you weren’t well enough to enjoy it fully but glad you were well enough to go out!) .
    Mr F and I enjoyed wandering around the shops at what I think is the Parkhurst foodie strip when we were there in March. I bought a tablecloth from a vendor near the bank machine. She whined and pleaded that she hadn’t sold anything yet that day and I felt so sorry for her I paid without properly working out how much it cost.
    [I cant remember exactly but I think I paid about $30! ouch.]
    And when I came home and washed the cloth before putting it on the table almost all the colour washed out of it. Mr F was nice and didn’t wag his finger at me… its been on the dining table ever since we got back.

    1. theonlycin says:

      That sounds like Parkview, my suburb. Was it near a big lake (Zoo Lake) and was there a big shop full of African art (aptly named Art Africa)?

      1. dearrosie says:

        Yes there was a big shop full of African art. Rather lovely stuff.
        I just asked Mr F and he thought it was Parkview.

      2. theonlycin says:

        It was definitely Parkview and you were a few blocks from my home 🙂

  4. Tandy says:

    I am green! I so love their wines, and the estate is stunning! Hope you are feeling better today xxx

    1. theonlycin says:

      Wish you could have been there, you would so have enjoyed it.

  5. Sous Chef says:

    That Jezebelle label is delightful! My grandma used to use the word Jezebelle! “Aye she were a real Jezebelle that one” *use your best Yorkshire accent*

    1. theonlycin says:

      My mom also said it, I can hear her now ‘Look at those red talons and dangly earrings, what a Jezebelle!’

  6. Steffi says:

    I love the names of the wines and I wish I could taste it.Hope you enjoy it!My email is on the way to you…

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oh good, Steffi, I look forward to receiving it.

  7. Tilly Bud says:

    Glad you’re feeling a bit better; is the hearing back?

    Great names! I’m off to check out the pics now.

    1. theonlycin says:

      The hearing comes and goes, it’s back for the most part, but I am feeling much better, thanks Tilly.

  8. I was thinking of you when I saw that label the other day!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Did you see it in a Johannesburg store???

  9. Now THAT is one of the worst times to be having a flu 😦 Glad you enjoyed it anyway for what it was worth 🙂 You’re right! That area is divine for occasions like that. They should certainly do more there.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I hope they do 🙂

  10. nursemyra says:

    Ooh I’d like to taste the Shiraz

    1. theonlycin says:

      Bwahahaha, why doesn’t that surprise me 😉

  11. Not mad about wine but love that blue label. Maar soos jy dit beskryf vermoed ek ek sal liters daarvan kan drink 😀

  12. adeeyoyo says:

    Love the wine names; enough to tempt one to buy them…

    1. theonlycin says:

      Nice treat for yourself when you get back home … just don’t fall 😉

  13. Sparky says:

    Hi mem, am glad I did not miss much 🙂 had no internet. Hope you are well and good. The weather is cold and damp.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Nothing worse than having no internet, Sparky, hope all is fixed up now. xxx

  14. mairedubhtx says:

    When I was drinking, before I became a Muslim, my favorite was Chateau Neuf de Pape

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yikes, you sure did have expensive tastes 😉

  15. Pseu says:

    Maybe I should come back as a Jezebelle? They seem to have a great deal of fun.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Certainly more fun than a Mildred or a Clothilde?

  16. slpmartin says:

    I’m surprised that you like Riesling for some reason…I found few that appeal to me…did you say ‘hint petrol’?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Indeed, petrol, it’s difficult to describe 🙂

  17. nrhatch says:

    Love the names of the wines. 😀

    1. theonlycin says:

      I think they’ve been quite clever 🙂

  18. Gracious, Amsterdam! Could almost have hopped over there and joined in!
    Hope you’re feeling tip-top and this flu leaves you behind completely soon, Cindy.

    1. theonlycin says:

      It waxes and wanes, Kate, yesterday I felt tip-top, this morning I feel a bit bleak; hopefully it’s just a sign that it’s time for my meds.

  19. Ooh, too altogether gorgeous, Cin. Nymphomane must surely take the cake, together with the lamb noisettes!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Too hard to choose a winning combo, Naomi, I shall have to replay it all soon 😉

  20. colonialist says:

    Oh, thanks a stack! Now I am looking down my nose in more ways than one at the glass of Chateau La Box I am currently consuming.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Naughty Col, the grape is noble (hahaha!) in all its forms 🙂 Enjoy your wine.

  21. bluebee says:

    “ever such a trek to Sandton every time” he, he – that’s just ridiculous

    1. theonlycin says:

      They’ve made extreme changes to the roads to accommodate the Gautrain, you know. It’s not just a whizz down Oxford Road anymore …

  22. klrs09 says:

    The label for that bottle of Jezebelle is exquisite. Amazing the artwork that appears on some wine bottles. I’m sure someone must collect them. Your wine knowledge is amazing. I’m a lazy wine drinker — I just drink it without ever bothering to find out more. Thanks for the info.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I have recently started collecting labels for a scrap book and only regret that I didn’t think of it sooner.

  23. And NONE of them virgins! Go figure. . . What, no Bathsheba Bubbly?

    1. theonlycin says:

      What a fine idea, I shall tell the winemakers!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Isn’t it just ?

  24. My word, I think I would buy a bottle just for the labels….

  25. Tokeloshe says:

    Wow what a luck!

    Love the labels. 😉

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