Roodeberg – Cape Town – March 2015
Come Wine With Us hosted an evening of Italian cuisine paired with a South African classic – a perfect blend of passion and tradition with a contemporary feel.
The March event took place at the popular Meloncino’s Restaurant in the Waterfront, presenting Italian food with a modern twist. The Italian inspired three course menu was complemented by bold Roodeberg wines presented by winemaker Anneke du Plessis.
The evening started light, and guests were greeted with a glass of 2014 Roodeberg Rose.
A starter of Grain fed beef carpaccio served with sliced celery, parmesan shavings, rocket and lemon dressing was paired with a glass of 2013 Roodeberg Red. The once elusive Roodeberg Red, although established in 1949, became available locally in South Africa in 2004, having previously been exclusively reserved for the export market and those who had ties with the inner circles of the wine community.
The main course featured marinated garlic, rosemary and thyme French trimmed grilled lamb cutlets served with pommel puree and seasonal Italian oven roasted vegetables. The lamb was accompanied by Roodeberg’s 2012 Dr Charles Niehaus, a deep red blend with smooth spicy flavours.
The after dinner delight was Italian milk tart served with a Cointreau, Lindt dark chocolate sauce and vanilla Gelato. And to round it all of a splash of sweet, full flavoured KWV Cape Tawny NV.
These beautiful wines were perfectly matched with a superb menu in a setting with a spectacular view. Salute! to another successful CWWU evening!
Born on the 20th January 1906, in Tulbagh, Charles Niehaus, fondly referred to as Doctor Niehaus, went on to study agriculture in Stellenbosch. His interest in viticulture stemmed from Professor Perold, the father of the Pinotage grape. Doctor Niehaus also went on numerous study trips to Europe and achieved his doctorate from Stellenbosch University in 1932. Doctor Niehaus was a legend in his own time and pioneer of South Africa’s sherry industry as well as KWV’s wine making heritage
While Roodeberg was officially launched in 1949, grapes from the 1946 harvest were used to create it. It was a magical time as peace had been declared and the world was starting to shake off the mantle of despair brought on by the war.
Although Roodeberg was not widely available in South Africa until 2004 and was not easy to get hold of until then, for more than 60 years the iconic wine has been part of the country’s fibre
Read more on: www.roodeberg.com
About Grand Meloncino
Meloncino serves traditional Roman food with a contemporary modern touch. Home-made pasta and authentic Italian sauces, steaks and seafood are available from the charcoal grill. Pizzas are created in our wood fired oven with thin base (Roman Style) and thick base (Neapolitan Style). To stay faithful to the original recipes, the majority of our ingredients and wines are fully imported from Italy.
Being located on the second floor of Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre, above the quay, gives the restaurant commanding views of the magnificent Table Mountain and the working harbour below. It’s the perfect setting for sundowners, lazy afternoons and leisurely evenings.
Read more on: http://www.meloncino.co.za/