{recipe box} Reconnecting to simple happiness: Nederburg Wines

As we continue to face waves of the ongoing pandemic, the inter-connectedness of everything is becoming increasingly visible. We recently slowed down with a Nederburg Wines Connection Cooking box, which allowed us to regroup and recount, and connect to ourselves amidst the madness.

Introduction

In a very short period of time, we had to adapt, change, accept and fight our way through a world that all of a sudden switched gears. Spending time with family became a commodity; dining out, a thing of luxury, wine – something we now enjoy sparsely, and with calculation.

We lost the human connection; not only through the spread of the virus, but also because we all became busy with rebuilding and saving our livelihoods as we were forced to think on our feet and improvise means of income. Without meaningful connections, life, to me, became suddenly became mundane.

But, I don’t only miss the connections with family, friends and colleagues, but also connections with things that make us intrinsically happy. Those little “in-between” moments that fill our hearts with joy. Beach walks, hikes, dinner out, wine tasting on weekends, entertaining loved ones and road trips, just to name a few.

Towards the end of last year, I received a very generous gift from Nederburg Wines and Pure Boland Farmer’s Market. Devised to make you want to taste, learn and discover, whilst having fun and connecting with others, these boxes are aimed at rebuilding these important connections. Filled with an abundance of fresh produce, wine and other indulgences needed to cook up a wholesome feast, I couldn’t wait to clear my schedule and indulge in some down-time.

Background

Nederburg Wines

Innovation and history combine at Nederburg with its rich winemaking heritage stretching back over more than two centuries. Today, Nederburg is one of South Africa’s best-known wine brands (https://www.nederburg.com/nederburg-wine-farm/).

Pure Boland Farmer’s Market

The Pure Boland Market started 12 years ago when Tharina Marais saw an opening in our local market for small businesses to sell their products.

They have 4 market box options available; 3 of them are carefully curated (Fresh Box, Luxury Box, Deluxe Box). They are filled to the brim with fresh from the farm produce, quality meat, home made products, dairy and artisan bread. The 4th box option is “build your own box.” (https://www.purebolandmarket.co.za/about-us/)

Fresh produce market box

Nederburg teamed up with Pure Boland Farmer’s Market, supplying a massive selection of fresh meat, vegetables, ready-meals, nuts, cheese, condiments, preserves and bread. It almost felt like I could visit a farmer’s market without leaving my home, which is one of the things I’ve missed most during lock-down.

You can browse their selection of market fresh produce boxes here!

#NederburgConnect

Nederburg generously filled my Connection Cooking box with four of their beautiful wines, a stunning branded leather apron from Freedom of Movement, olive oil and spices from NOMU, a gorgeous hand-crafted serving platter from Mervyn Gers Ceramics and six stemless wine glasses from Maxwell & Williams. We needed nothing more than a sunny day and the much-adored braai fire to serve up our cooking box.

Nederburg Sauvignon Blanc 2020

Tasting notes: Dusty flint with lemon zest and marmalade flavours can be found
on a balanced, refreshing palate. Vivacious acidity is poised by juicy fruit nuances with some granadilla and tropical notes noticeable.
In the vineyard: Sauvignon Blanc (91%), Semillon (9%)

In the cellar:  Only plant proteins were used during setting and fining, making this wine suitable for vegans and vegetarians. 

Nederburg Chardonnay 2019

Tasting notes: Nectarine, quince, pear and citrus. Like a mouthful of juicy, tangy
fruit salad with a light drizzle of honey adding richness.
In the vineyard: Chardonnay (94%), Chenin Blanc (6%), Albariño (1%),
Gewürztraminer (1%)

In the cellar:  Only plant proteins were used during setting and fining, making this wine suitable for vegans and vegetarians. 

Nederburg Baronne 2019

Tasting notes: A rich, medium-bodied wine with ripe plum, prune and dark fruit
flavours, and a pleasant tannic structure.
In the vineyard: This Cabernet Sauvignon dominant blend also includes Shiraz.

In the cellar: Upon extraction of desired colour and tannins, the wine was drained from the skins, and racked from the lees onto a selection of oak where the wine matured for six months before blending.

Nederburg Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Tasting notes: Black Forest Gateau in a glass! Flavours of cocoa and black cherry, with creamy texture and a hint of exotic masala spice and peppercorn. Refreshing and velvety.
In the vineyard: Cabernet Sauvignon (100%)

In the cellar: The wine was released after at least 3 months of bottle ageing to allow
the wine to recover from bottle shock and to ensure all components are in balance. Plant
proteins were used exclusively during setting and fining, making this wine suitable for
vegans and vegetarians.

A plate of pure happiness

We decided on a modern mixed grill, with all our favourites, because why choose? Just like Nederburg’s expansive ranges of wines, the Pure Boland box offered a selection of fresh produce for every taste and whim! A selection of curried sosaties, succulent crumbed chicken breasts, cheese and jalapeno venison sausage (an absolute winner with the Cab Sauv, but also delicious with the Chardonnay!) and grilled vegetables straight from the coals.

The Tall Hedonist stood by the braai, a glass of ruby Cab Sauv in his hand, taking time to simply enjoy the heat from the flames and the moody spiciness of the red wine. I, on the other hand, sat with the dogs at my feet, sometimes chatting and other times, simply being. It was a thing of beauty.

We came together around beautiful glasses of Nederburg wine, and in that moment, we were grateful for the food and for the spaces filled at the table. Just for a moment, we remembered how important it was to connect in authentic, old-fashioned ways, that doesn’t include a digital message or voice-note. We were reminded of the value of human touch, and of what a beautiful sight a genuine smile can be.

In conclusion

It’s such a special feeling to share in moments of abundance. As we cheers’ed our glasses of wine together with the sun turning all the warm afterglow colours of dusk, I thought about how simple acts bring people together. A fire. A plate of food, a glass of good wine. It doesn’t take much to dig deep and re-connect once again with those things that make you feel alive and happy. In the end, it really is the small things that matter most. So go – light that fire for the family; make that meal for your partner, spend that time in the kitchen with your child. 

Thank you, Nederburg Wines and Pure Boland, for allowing us to rejoice in our province’s abundance, and for giving us the opportunity to concentrate our energy on the things that not only feed our body, but also nurture our soul.

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.

The Little Hedonist endorses responsible drinking.
Don’t drink and drive. Not for persons under 18.

*Documented with all current national COVID protocols and safety measures strictly adhered to.

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