{wine} De Blaauwe Klip 2017: a bottle that celebrates its roots

De Blaauwe Klip 2017 is a classic Bordeaux-style red blend, packaged and wrapped in the heritage and history of Blaauwklippen.

Introduction

I am woven of stories and tales. I live and breathe the history and heritage of everything around me, for it allows me insight into the roots of stories. In the same way, the storyteller in me is drawn to wine which not only offers me the history of its grapes, but also of its soil, its people and its heart.

I was recently sent two bottles of Blaauwklippen‘s De Blaauwe Klip 2017. It begged me to sit still for a while and listen to its stories of the blue-grey granite soil which formed the foundation of this journey.

Background

Blaauwklippen is one of the original Stellenbosch estates and one of South Africa’s oldest wine farms, founded in 1682 by Gerrit Jansz Visser, with the first vineyards planted in 1688. 

Blaauwklippen’s Stellenbosch terroir with its mineral-rich decomposed granite soils lends itself to producing superior red wines, and especially the traditional Bordeaux cultivars found in the estate’s single varietal range (press release)

De Blaauwe Klip 2017

Paying homage to more than 300 years of wine history, Blaauwklippen has released a classic Bordeaux blend in their range of premium red wines – De Blaauwe Klip 2017.

Tasting notes:  Dark cassis and cigar box with plum-chocolate pudding notes on the nose. The palate is vibrant with velvet tannins and a serious mid palate and length.
In the vineyard:  The Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec vineyards are situated close to the Helderberg mountain range, on decomposed granite soils with a fine gravel or sand component, while the Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot benefit from the good water retention properties of coarser decomposed granite and clay on the Stellenbosch mountain.
Cabernet Sauvignon: 38% | Merlot: 24% I Cabernet Franc: 14.5% | Malbec: 14.5% I Petit Verdot: 9%
In the cellar: 
The cultivars were hand-picked, destemmed and whole berry fermented separately in French oak and stainless-steel tanks, with prolonged skin contact for delicate extraction of tannins, colour and flavour. After malolactic fermentation, the batches were separately matured for 16 months in French oak (13% first fill) before blending and bottling.
Cellaring potential: De Blaauwe Klip 2017 is made for enjoyment now or cellaring from 5 to 20 years
Cellar door price:   
approx. R195 from the farm or online at www.blaauwklippen.com and will soon be stocked in specialist wine stores.

Heritage bredie

I knew exactly which book to turn to for recipe inspiration. A friend gifted me Niël Stemmet’s recipe book, Salt+pepperHeritage Food / journey. I’ve always been fascinated by the relationship between the written word and food, and how they are simply inseparable. Much like a bottle of wine and its history, its soil, its people.

Perfect with venison and other hearty red meat dishes, I decided to go somewhat lighter with a more contemporary take on a tomato bredie, inspired by this recipe book. Packed with fresh sun-ripened roma tomatoes, delicate lamb knuckles and handfuls of fresh, earthy herbs, it was reminiscent of my childhood.

A recipe that requires patience and a lot of time, I had plenty on my hands to sip a glass or two of De Blaauwe Klip. I’m particularly fond of a Bordeaux blend, and this one was truly exceptional. The combination of the slight acidity of the tomatoes and the dark red-fruit notes of the wine was simply gorgeous, followed by a smooth, long finish.

In conclusion

A pairing that had me nostalgic for days gone past; for glimpses into history that are now solely visible in the mind’s eye. De Blaauwe Klip 2017 is bottled in stories and a heritage so rich and full that it can’t help but bleed straight into the wine. Each sip is a reminder of where this journey started, and the years of work that led up to this one sip.

Thank you, Blaauwklippen, for sharing your stories and wine so freely with me. It was a real honour to have tasted De Blaauwe Klip 2017, whilst paying homage to the history of your roots.

Disclaimer: I was given this product(s) as part of a press drop in exchange for my honest and truthful opinion and review thereof. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are solely those of The Little Hedonist, given in good faith and in no way influenced by the company or its affiliates. All images, unless otherwise stated / credited, are also my own.

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Don’t drink and drive. Not for persons under 18.

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