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The Môreson Blessing of the Harvest Festival

Monday, January 14th, 2013
Hello summer! Harvest is in full swing in the Franschhoek Valley and Môreson Wine Estate is celebrating with a ‘Blessing of the Harvest Festival’, which will include making your own wine the old-fashioned way, a harvest feast, and wine, wine, wine.

Hello summer! Harvest is in full swing in the Franschhoek Valley and Môreson Wine Estate is celebrating with a ‘Blessing of the Harvest Festival’, which will include picking your own grapes and making your own wine, a harvest feast, and drinking plenty of delicious wine, wine, wine.

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“Come join in on Saturday the 2nd of February 2013 to try your hand at making wine the old fashioned way. Yes, you’ll handpick your own basket of grapes and then press them using the oldest tools in the winemaking business … your feet.

Once you’re done with your stomping Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant will treat you to an unrivalled Harvest Feast. This year you’ll be spoilt for choice with dishes that include: watermelon gazpacho, brown cap mushroom, mascarpone, leek & thyme tart, Italian coleslaw & pancetta, Spier chicken confit, chestnut & truffle terrine, pepper roasted rump and much more. Then there is the wine, oh that delicious wine! With an extensive selection of Môreson and Miss Molly cap classiques and wines you won’t go thirsty. View the full Bread & Wine Harvest Feast menu.

The 2013 Môreson Blessing of the Harvest Festival costs just R450 per person. Included in this price is: a glass of bubbles on arrival, the harvest, stomping, water during your stomping session, Bread & Wine’s Harvest Feast and your own bottle of foot-pressed wine (available for collection in November 2013). ”

The ideal 2013 summer experience for couples, friends and groups. To Book: Call Tina: 021-876 4004 or email breadandwine@moreson.co.za.

The future looks golden for Chardonnay at Môreson

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012
“We’re moving forward into the future with Chardonnay,” says winemaker Clayton Reabow.
Clayton addresses these prophetic words to the assembled gaggle of wine lovers at Bread & Wine. We’ve been invited to a tasting of Môreson’s new vintages paired with a smorgasbord from chef Neil Jewell. As a precursor to the event we’re being treated to a special tasting of three golden girls; a bubbly, a 2010 Chardonnay, and a straw wine made solely from Chardonnay grapes. “The idea,” continues Clayton “is to start building a portfolio based around the grape.”
“This Méthode Cap Classique,’ he says holding a golden flute up to the light, “shows the length of our local bubbly, and it’s a move away from secondary characteristics. I’m a firm believer in fresh sparkling wines that are allowed to mature and naturally pick up other flavours—and to not smell like bread and yeast immediately.” The bubbly is a 2005 vintage Blanc de Blanc—pure Chardonnay goodness.
The next wine is a showstopper. A 2010 Chardonnay called FYM (Foxtrot Yankee Mike), named for ‘Richard’s passion for flying and chardonnay’. Made with100% new oak the wine can age for 5 to 10 years in the bottle. Only 100 cases have been made of this special wine.
“This one’s a bit of an enigma,” says Clayton, we moved onto the dessert wine now. “We set ourselves a challenge; a sticky made from Chardonnay grapes doesn’t usually work…” The straw wine was made with Chardonnay grapes, from a 25-year-old vineyard, which were desiccated on the vine.
Starters are spiralling out of the kitchen now; pale pink sardine sorbet in a parmesan cone matches the Môreson Sauvignon Blanc 2012 like a dream. Cured salmon belly with crispy skin and cucumber foam follows, paired with Môreson Dr Reason Why 2012. The unwooded Chardonnay tastes of vanilla and lime.
Next up is a casual affair of artisan baguette, which is baked on the property, served with saussison sec (the sausage is also cured in-house), and beurre noisette (burnt butter) – all this is washed down with Môreson Premium Chardonnay 2011; a meal in itself it’s so utterly rich and decadent.
We move onto the reds; Môreson Pinotage 2011 paired with quail drumsticks and sweet breads, Môreson Mata Mata 2010 is an indulgent match for cardamom salami and oxtail bone marrow gratin.
The meal is wound up with the silky Môreson Magia 2007 (Bordeaux blend) and a punchy Caesar salad. Fast on its heels is the estate’s seductive Môreson Cabernet Franc 2010 paired with spice-infused dark chocolate truffles.
Visit their website for more information on Môreson wines as well as on Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant.

“We’re moving forward into the future with Chardonnay,” says winemaker Clayton Reabow.

Clayton addresses these prophetic words to the assembled gaggle of wine lovers at Bread & Wine. We’ve been invited to a tasting of Môreson’s new vintages paired with a smorgasbord from chef Neil Jewell. As a precursor to the event we’re being treated to a special tasting of three golden girls; a bubbly, a 2010 Chardonnay, and a straw wine made solely from Chardonnay grapes. “The idea,” continues Clayton “is to start building a portfolio based around the grape.”

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“This Méthode Cap Classique,’ he says holding a golden flute up to the light, “shows the length of our local bubbly, and it’s a move away from secondary characteristics. I’m a firm believer in fresh sparkling wines that are allowed to mature and naturally pick up other flavours—and to not smell like bread and yeast immediately.” The bubbly is a 2005 vintage Blanc de Blanc—pure Chardonnay goodness.

The next wine is a showstopper. A 2010 Chardonnay called FYM (Foxtrot Yankee Mike), named for ‘Richard’s passion for flying and Chardonnay’. Made with 100% new oak the wine can age for 5 to 10 years in the bottle. Only 100 cases have been made of this special wine.

“This one’s a bit of an enigma,” says Clayton, we moved onto the dessert wine now. “We set ourselves a challenge; a sticky made from Chardonnay grapes doesn’t usually work…” The straw wine was made with Chardonnay grapes, from a 25-year-old vineyard, which were desiccated on the vine, and the wine has incredible depth of fruit.

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Starters are spiralling out of the kitchen now; pale pink sardine sorbet in a Parmesan cone matches the Môreson Sauvignon Blanc 2012 like a dream. Cured salmon belly with crispy skin and cucumber foam follows, paired with Môreson Dr Reason Why 2012. The unwooded Chardonnay tastes of vanilla and lime.

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Next up is a casual affair of artisan baguette, which is baked on the property, served with saussison sec (the sausage is also cured in-house), and beurre noisette (burnt butter) – all this is washed down with Môreson Premium Chardonnay 2011; a meal in itself it’s so utterly rich and decadent.

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We move onto the reds; Môreson Pinotage 2011 paired with quail drumsticks and sweet breads, Môreson Mata Mata 2010 is an indulgent match for cardamom salami and oxtail bone marrow gratin.

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The meal is wound up with the silky Môreson Magia 2007 (Bordeaux blend) and a punchy Caesar salad. Fast on its heels is the estate’s seductive Môreson Cabernet Franc 2010 paired with spice-infused dark chocolate truffles.

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Visit their website for more information on Môreson wines as well as on Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant.

The Rise of Riesling

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Trivia: Riesling has been cultivated, in Germany, since the 1400’s.

I have discovered Riesling!

If you’ve never experience this varietal you can expect wines that range from bone-dry and crisp quaffers to complex, oily nectars made from the late harvest Botrytis-affected, shrivelled Riesling berries.

I recently had the opportunity to enjoy some really delicious German (Mosel) Rieslings, with friends, and my top international finds include:

The 2004 Wolfer Goldgrube, the Riesling Spatlese 2008 Wolfer Goldgrube, the Riesling Kabinett 2009, the Scharzhof Riesling 2007 Zilliken (Forstmeister Geltz) Saarburger Rausch and the Riesling Spatlese.

I so enjoyed my introduction to Riesling that I went in search of a great local version of this wine. What I stumbled upon was the Jordan Riesling 2009 – 100% Riesling harvested from 23 year old, unirrigated vines.

The Jordan Riesling 2009 is an off dry wine with an intense lemon and lime flavour and crisp fruitiness. It is subtle, light and thin on the palate with hints of spiciness. This is such an intriguing wine and I can’t wait to start combining it with food to experience the full spectrum of what it has to offer.

If you’re looking for something new to add to your wine collection try a Riesling

End of Range Wine Sale at Le Quartier Français

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Our end of the range wine sale has started! For a limited time only we will be offering a spectacular selection of wines, from our cellar, at ridiculously great prices.

Tip:

We have an off sales license. This means that if you really like the wine you’re drinking we can sell you an unopened bottle or a case to take home.

2010 Bastille Festival in Franschhoek

Monday, July 12th, 2010

It’s almost time for the 2010 Bastille Festival and this year’s festival promises to be everything last year’s was and more. Taking place, in Franschhoek, on Saturday the 17th and Sunday the 18th of July 2010 the Bastille Festival is definitely one of the highlights of the Franschhoek Festival Calendar.

Le Quartier Français, Bread & Wine and Môreson will all be in attendance and they’ll have the following delicious dishes and wines on offer.

Le Quartier Français
Mademoiselle Lamb Burger Junior (she last made an appearance at the 2009 MCC Festival)
Brownies
Donuts.

Bread & Wine

Flatbread with a delicious topping (always excellent and a Franschhoek Festival favourite)
Gourmet Hotdog
Filled Focaccias
Tina’s Fudge.

Môreson

They will be showcasing their Miss Molly range of wines – including the new Miss Molly Bubbly – which means that a percentage of each bottle sold will be donated to the South African Guide Dog Association for the Blind.

De Toren

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

We participated in the tasting of the De Toren blends for the Fusion V 2009 Directors blend. This blend will be released in 2011.

There were a total of 12 guests at the tasting. Each guests was given two flights of seven blends, a score sheet, a pencil and a spittoon.

The first five wines were relatively easy to score but after these I started to battle. I had to focus and work hard not to find and identify the same characters in each wine. Given that we were working with the five bordeaux blends this was very challenging.

At the end of the process we were asked to rate our top three blends and our least favourite blend. The combined scores (provided by the 12 guests) were saved and the process was repeated in Johannesburg and Durban. The two overall top scoring wines will be the ones that are released in 2011.

By the end of this tasting I had earned myself a set of purple stained teeth, spittoon back-splash in my left eye, a myriad of flavours swirling around my mouth and huge respect for those that taste professionally. It’s definitely not easy work!

The day finished off with a perfectly paired menu – created by Margot – where the Fusion V 2002 and the Z 2004 were highlighted; and then I was introduced to a rum … I am not a rum drinker. I have always associated rum with hooligans but I have been converted.

Pyrat Rum XO Reserve, a sipping rum from Jamaica that – with each sip – makes you think of secluded tropical island beaches, hot sun and a sexy waiter bringing on the cocktails.


Môreson set to lauch new look Cap Classique at the 2009 Franschhoek Champagne Festival

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Môreson will be launching their new look Méthode Cap Classique at this years Franschhoek Champagne Festival. We’re one of the few groups of people who’ve been permitted a sneak peak and we can no longer contain our delight … the new Môreson Cap Classique labels, and new packaging, are gorgeous!

If you’re at the 2009 Franschhoek Champagne Festival you can pick up a case of six, or three cases of six, from the charming and rather cute Môreson crew. There will also be a whole lot of other Cap Classique and Champagne available for tasting. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit the Franschhoek Information website.

* The new look Môreson Cap Classique is the first addition to the 2009 hand-selected Le Quartier Français stocking filler list.

2009 Le Quartier Français Magic of Bubbles special

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

On Friday the 4th of December 2009 check into Le Quartier Français, for R1250 per person*. This price includes a Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival ticket and your first delectable Mlle Lamb Burger.

To book please email us – res@lqf.co.za

We look forward to seeing you next weekend for some serious bubbly fun!

*Bed and breakfast included. Terms and conditions apply.

Meet and Eat Mademoiselle Lamb Burger at the Franschhoek Champage Festival

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Mademoiselle Lamb Burger, the very tasty niece of Lamb Burger (may he rest in peace), will be attending this years Franschhoek Champagne Festival. She’s not quite as big as Lamb Burger but she’s just as delicious.

Mademoiselle Lamb Burger generally doesn’t do public appearances. In fact the 2009 Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival is her first and for that reason those attending should consider themselves very lucky!

If you’d like to meet and eat Mademoiselle Lamb Burger you will find her at the Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival Le Quartier Français stand on Friday the 4th, Saturday the 5th and Sunday 6th of December.

The Franschhoek Champagne Festival

Monday, November 30th, 2009

The Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival will be taking place over the weekend of 4th, 5th and 6th of December. If the last few years are anything to go by it’s going to be phenomenal!

The Magic of Bubbles is the most vivacious festival in the Franschhoek Festival Calendar. Here the best South African Méthode Cap Classique and French Champagne flow freely and excellent cuisine – prepared by top local restaurants (including us and Bread & Wine) – keeps the hunger at bay.

The Franschhoek Champagne Festival is a great opportunity to see what the local méthode cap classique producers are up to. One of our favourites – Môreson – will be launching something really exciting. We can’t wait for the festival to arrive!