{wine} Deetlefs Wine Estate: three courses for three bottles – a celebratory meal

Over the years, Deetlefs Wine Estate has rightfully collected a vast amount of prime property in my ever-full wine racks. In the build-up towards their 200 years’ existence celebration in 2022, I thought I’d introduce you to a few of my favourites so long.

Introduction

My first meeting with Deetlefs was in the early throes of lockdown last year. I was looking for a way to support our shackled wine industry, and I committed to purchase wine online from as many estates as I was able to during that time. I was recommended to use this opportunity to get to know the Deetlefs wines, and I quickly put in an order for an array of wines to be delivered at the next opportunity.

Fast-forward a year or so, and Deetlefs‘ presence is only growing in my collection. I was so excited when I was recently sent three of their most prized bottles of wine to kick-start the pre-celebrations for a milestone achievement coming up next year. And how am I going to celebrate, you may ask? Well, in the most fitting way I know; a three course, home-cooked Deetlefs dinner.

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Background

A maiden voyage from Europe on 3 October 1752 was the start of a legacy and set in motion the story of the 2nd oldest wine estate in South Africa owned by the same family. Each of the seven generations contributed in their own unique way since 1822.

“A golden thread runs through our history, reflecting a boldly individual approach, a strong set of values and a long-term focus. Since 1994 there was more focus on the international markets and today more than 80% of our wines are exported. Currently it is my responsibility to create more opportunities for generations to come and to tell the story.” – Kobus Deetlefs

The second oldest family owned wine estate in South Africa, Deetlefs is steeped in seven generations of history since 1822 (https://news.deetlefs.com/about-us/).

Estate Voyage 3566.1 2018

Tasting notes:  Rich and round with complex apricot, honey, almonds, nutmeg and orange marmalade flavours. Good freshness, lively acidity and a fine elegant bone dry finish.
In the vineyard:  41% Viognier (17% skin fermented, 50% oxidative, 33% whole bunch components), 34% Chenin Blanc, 23% Semillon, 2% Muscat D’Alexandrie
In the cellar:  Viognier grapes was picked ripe for maximum varietal expression. Three different techniques were used (whole bunch pressed, oxidative, and skin ferment) to showcase different sides of Viognier.
Awards & accolades:
92 points – Tim Atkin 2019

Gold – China Wine and Spirits Awards 2019
Best white blend in the Breedekloof – SA Terroir Wine Awards 2019
Cellaring potential: Excellent now, yet has good development potential over the next 3 – 6 years.
Cellar door price:  approx. R205 per bottle

De Hageveld Red 2017

Tasting notes:  Abundance of berry flavours with balanced vanilla and pepper nuances. A full rich flavoured wine, with an elegant finish.
In the vineyard:  46% Shiraz, 46% Pinotage, 8% Mourvedre
In the cellar:  Combination of French, American and Hungarian oak was used to add extra complexity to the blend. 23% new barrels were used to optimize fruity aromas of the wine.
Awards & accolades:
95.55 (Platinum) – South African Wine Index

Silver – China Wine and Spirits Awards 2019
89 points – Tim Atkin 2019
88 points – Robert Parker Wine Advocate
Cellaring potential: Excellent now, yet good development potential over the next 3 – 8
years.
Cellar door price: 
approx. R195 per bottle

Deetlefs Familie Red 2017

Tasting notes:  Very complex nose with black berry, blackcurrent, prune, liquorice, cedar, cloves and hints of coffee bean. A very elegant wine, with ripe refined tannins and lingering finish. Excellent balance between fruit and oak.
In the vineyard:  45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 15 Pinotage, 5% Petit Verdot
In the cellar:  Each varietal is harvested and matured separately for 15 months in 300 liter French oak barrels (30% first fill, 15% third fill, 30% fourth fill and 25% in older barrels).
Awards & accolades:
Best red blend in the Breedekloof – SA Terroir Wine Awards 2019

89 points – Tim Atkin 2019
Cellaring potential: 4 – 8 years
Cellar door price:  approx. R390 per bottle

Three courses for three bottles

In anticipation of Deetlefs‘ pending 200th year of existence celebration next year, I decided to cook up my own little celebration at The Little House. You know, quality control and all that.

Starter

A hopeless romantic for an excellent Cape White Blend, the Estate Voyage 3566.1 2018 became my sous chef for the afternoon. I decided to accentuate its incredibly complex structure with an earthy, herby starter of a butternut and cream cheese open crust pie. Deceptively easy to prepare, it’s filled with caramelised chunks of butternut and red onion, handfuls of fresh marjoram and a zesty cream cheese base, baked in the oven until golden and crisp.

The perfect starter and dinner companion for this phenomenal Cape White Blend, I decided to linger a bit longer with my white wine glass before moving on to something a bit more moody.

Mains

For mains, I pulled closer the De Hageveld Red 2017. Again, opting for a wholesome dish that allows the intricacies of the blend to really pull through, I made aromatic lamb koftas, served with wholewheat pita breads and a gorgeous tzatziki. I added fresh basil to the cucumber side, just to add that bite of pepperiness to the dish.

Dessert

And for the grand finale – I went all the way back to my days of school and church bazaars. I craved the deep cocoa grittyness of chocolate biscuit fudge; the ones you make with a pack of Marie biscuits and literally a whole block of margarine. A pan of those childhood squares, our fingers smudged with melty goodness, coupled with the Deetlefs Familie Red 2017, wrapped up our three courses for three bottles celebration. I couldn’t think of a more suitable way to cheers to 200 years of family legacy.

In conclusion

As we continue to count-down to 200 years, I’ll continue to raise my glass to Deetlefs Wines, who came to me as a box of lockdown wines and who, after many bottles over candlelight, I can now call my loyal companions. Thank you, Deetlefs, for allowing me to create a tableside #DeetlefsMoment with your award-winning wines to guide us through our meal. We look forward to the next 200 years!

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