With a foundation of strong underpinning ethics, Boland Cellar‘s One Formation range of wines are not just beautiful from the outside, but filled with pure collaborative goodness from vine to bottle.
Eternally drawn to a beautiful label and the dark curves of a wine bottle, I received these two beauties from Boland Cellar with absolute gratitude. With an embossed ivory label, and the most captivating symbolic representation of a migratory flock of birds speckled in gold, these bottles were simply breathtaking. But with Boland Cellar’s philosophy of purpose-driven quality that encourages team-work from start to finish, did you really expect anything less than award-winning?
This favoured stalwart range is reclothed with beautifully and innovatively designed labels that reflect the change of seasons through the V formation of a flock of birds in flight. This universally documented concept of migratory birds flying in formation to create less wind resistance to conserve energy is in Boland’s case a true reflection of symbolising working “Together in Collaboration” for the benefit of all (press release).
One Formation Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Grenache Blanc 2020
Tasting notes: This partially wooded wine shows layers of green apple with kiwi fruit aromas. Ripe pear and melon flavours as well as green pepper notes are evident on the balanced palate, followed by a gently lingering finish. The old bush-vines of the Chenin Blanc yield ripe, creamy stone fruit flavours which are complemented by the crisp green fruit of the Sauvignon Blanc. The addition of Grenache Blanc in this blend provides richness and texture with ripe pear flavours.
In the vineyard: Chenin Blanc 65%, Sauvignon Blanc 20% and Grenache Blanc 15%
In the cellar: The final blend was left on the lees for a further two months with regular batonnage before bottling, resulting in a rich, full wine with both structure and elegance.
Cellar door price: approx. R98 per bottle
One Formation Chenin Blanc 2020
Tasting notes: This crisp, fresh and intensely flavoured wine expresses layers of lime and tropical fruit, together with green melons and pears. The extended lees contact delivers a rich creamy element, providing a full structure and complexity with a lingering finish. The result is a balanced wine with elegance, fruit structure and freshness.
In the vineyard: 100% Chenin. Batches are picked at different ripeness and sugar levels in order to create more style choices for the winemaker.
In the cellar: No wood treatment was used for this Chenin Blanc as the intention is for the primary fruit to be fully expressed.
Cellar door price: approx. R98 per bottle
Sticky date bars
My palate yearned to temper down the fresh acidity of these two Chenin interpretations with a food pairing, allowing the deeper sun-ripened fruit layers to make its bold appearance on the finish.
Always one for something sweet, I opted to pair them with a dessert, rather than an entrée. I instinctively reached for a generous packet of soft, squishy dates, a handful of raw mixed nuts, a cup of oats and of course, the sinful block of butter.
Resting on a voluptuous base of buttery oats, I thickly spread the creamy date and nut paste, after having simmered them down to gooey goodness on the stove top. Conversing together in a hot oven for a half hour or so, and my sticky date bars were ready to cool and slice.
At this point you can top the bars with a dollop of cream or even vanilla bean ice cream. However, the little hedonist I am, I prefer to eat them straight from the baking dish, still warm and slightly soft, picking up the crumbs with my fingertips as they fall. There’s no more indulgent feeling than your teeth sinking through the earthy goodness of the dates until they meet over a crunchy oat biscuit base. Followed with a slightly chilled glass of Boland Cellar‘s Chenin or Chenin/Sauvignon Blanc/Grenache Blanc and I needed nothing more in that moment.
With a tray of sticky date bars on the table, flanked by the two sterling Boland Cellar‘s One Formation Chenin interpretations, there was an unspoken sense of togetherness in the room. Bound to each other in a few moments of bliss as we ate and cheers’ed around the table, I felt grateful for these small moments we are granted. It takes the smallest plate, the smallest gesture of sharing, for a feeling of togetherness to grow and thrive.
Thank you, Boland Cellar, for sharing your stunning and unique newly branded One Formation wines with me, and for the reminder that, even when the seasons change, our strength will always lie in each other.
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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