Signature Living

WINE PAIRING

Neethlingshof

SIGNATURE RECIPIES: Roasted Beef sirloin served with Beetroots

Reuben paired his dish (above) with the following Neethlingshof wines:
Malbec 2013
The Owl Post Pinotage 2013

Neethlingshof
Neethlingshof
Neethlingshof
Neethlingshof
Neethlingshof
Neethlingshof

The Owl Post Pinotage 2013

Background
The Neethlingshof estate in Stellenbosch, owned equally by Distell and LUSAN, takes its name from its one-time 19th century owner, Marthinus Laurentius Neethling, who served as mayor of Stellenbosch and was also a member of the old Cape Parliament.

Neethlingshof’s reserve tier, formerly Lord Neethling, has been renamed The Short Story Collection. Drawing attention to the winery’s rich and varied narratives, the three-limited edition wines in the collection each focus on a specific aspect of the estate’s philosophy or history. They are made exclusively from hand-picked grapes.

The Owl Post, a single-vineyard Pinotage, draws attention to the estate’s integrated pest management that forms part of the winery’s focus on production integrity to reduce its dependence on pesticides. Owl posts have been placed strategically throughout the vineyards.

The vineyards
This wine has been produced from dryland vines established in deep red soils that is rich in organic material and amply feeds the roots. Planted in 1997, the vines are established on north-westerly-facing slopes, 120m above sea level, in soils originating from decomposed granite. The vines are grafted onto nematode and phylloxera-resistant rootstock Richter 110 and are trellised on a five-wire system.

The winemaking
The grapes were harvested in mid-February, at 26.5° Balling, yielding around 8 tons/ha. After destalking and crushing, yeast was added to the mash and fermentation commenced in stainless steel tanks. While the juice was still fermenting, it was transferred to 300-litre oak barrels (60% Hungarian and 40% French) where it completed fermentation. Malolactic fermentation took place in the same barrels. The wine was matured in the oak barrels for a period of 15 months.

Winemaker’s comments
Colour: Dark red

Bouquet: Ripe fruit and banana aromas with a background of vanilla oak.


Taste: A rich and velvety palate with ripe fruit and vanilla flavours.

Maturation potential: Ready to enjoy now or can be matured for another decade.


Food pairing
Excellent served with red meat dishes and game, especially hearty stews and casseroles.


Chemical analysis
Alcohol: 14.30% by volume
Residual sugar: 2,40 g/l
Total acid: 5,20 g/l
Volatile acid: 0,62 g/l
pH: 3.62
Extract: 32,80g/l



Malbec 2013

Background
The Neethlingshof estate in Stellenbosch takes its name from its 19th century owner, Marthinus Laurentius Neethling, who served as mayor of Stellenbosch and was also a member of the Cape Parliament.

A member of the Biodiversity & Wine Initiative, acknowledged for its protection of indigenous habitat, the 378 ha winery has set aside 127 ha for conservation. It cultivates both red and white varietals, with the bias marginally in favour of whites. The major red varietals are Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Malbec and Pinotage. The predominant soil types found on the farm are Oakleaf and Tukulu.

The vineyards
The Malbec vineyards, established in Tukulu and Villafonté soils, are located on a westerly slope between 120m and 150m above sea level. The vines were planted in 2003 and are trellised onto a seven-wire vertical hedge system and grafted onto Richter 110 rootstock. They receive supplementary irrigation through a drip system only when necessary


The winemaking
After crushing, the juice remained on the skins for 24 hours. Fermentation took place in rotation tanks between 27°C to 29°C and was completed in small barrels. After malolactic fermentation, the wine was matured in oak casks.
Winemaker’s comments
Colour: Dark ruby
Aroma: Floral and violet fragrances interwoven with oak, spice and dark chocolate
Palate: Rich and full with plum and berry flavours, supported by soft tannins


Maturation potential: The wine is ready to drink now but will mature for a further 5 years

Food pairing
A delicious all-rounder that will partner both red and white meat dishes such as garlic and rosemary roast chicken and Beef Wellington, as well as pasta and soft cheeses.

Chemical analysis
Alcohol: 14.35% by volume
Residual sugar: 2.1 g/l
Total acidity: 5.1 g/l
pH: 3.58
Total extract: 29.1 g/l

More Information

Neethlingshof Wine Estate is conveniently situated in the heart of the Stellenbosch Winelands. Along with the awe-inspiring manor house, this estate is steeped in history which dates back to 1705. It's a place where soil, climate and vines co-exist in perfect harmony. Neethlingshof estate's is also a member of the Biodiversity & Wine Initiative (BWI), highlighting their commitment to eco-sustainability.

The range of Neethlingshof premium red wines are subtly oaked, showing softer tannins and greater harmony, while the Neethlingshof premium white wines exhibit pure expression of fruit. Under the watchful and caring eyes of consulting viticulturist Eben Archer and winemaker, De Wet Viljoen, grapes are afforded the perfect opportunity for slow ripening to enable components to reach full maturity and subsequently, enhance their natural flavours and aromas.

Neethlingshof Wine Estate is an ideal place to enjoy a business conference, an anniversary celebration or birthday luncheon. The Estate houses the Lord Neethling restaurant and The Palm Terrace which can comfortably host 160 guests and is ideally suited to conferences, launches and cocktail events. At the tasting room guests can sample the range of Neethlingshof wines in a stylish yet relaxed environment.



Neethlingshof Wine Estate