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.)
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.