{wine} Grand gouda and wine: Leopard’s Leap Culinaria Grand Vin 2019

Cheese and wine is an all-seasons indulgence. Leopard’s Leap has ramped up the gooey goodness by pairing their Culinaria Grand Vin 2019 with mature gouda for the ultimate conversation starter platter.

Introduction

With the promise of the most classic pairing of cheese and wine on my doorstep, I simply melted at the knees when I recently received a stunning bottle of Leopard’s Leap‘s Culinaria Grand Vin 2019 Bordeaux-style red blend, with some cheesy goodness in tow.

An eternal lover of a good red blend, the Culinaria Grand Vin 2019 excuded an air of sophistication, wrapped in the trusted promise of Leopard’s Leap‘s quality wines. As I unpacked my little cooler bag of goodies, I could almost taste the toasty, cheesy bruschettas Leopard’s Leap wanted me to enjoy alongside their red blend, and who was I to refuse my calling? I am, after all, The Little Hedonist.

Background

The combination of modern design, relaxed ambience, innovative food and wine experiences explains the popularity of Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards as a family-friendly tourist destination and an alternative option within the esteemed culinary offering of Franschhoek.

Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards is strongly committed to the conservation of the magnificent Cape Mountain Leopard through a sponsorship of the Cape Leopard Trust, seeking to protect this endangered predator from extinction (https://leopardsleap.co.za/pages/about-us).

Leopard’s Leap Grand Vin 2019

Tasting notes:  Aromas of red fruit, subtle black whiffs of cassis with integrated Tobacco and a hint of cedar, perfectly rounded with a fruity mulberry in the after-taste. The ripe tannins ensure a firm, elegant structure.
In the vineyard:   Cabernet Sauvignon (51.84%), Merlot (28.4%), Malbec (12.35%), Petit Verdot (4.94%) and Cabernet Franc (2.47%).
In the cellar:  After fermentation the grapes were pressed and malolactic fermentation was completed in 225-litre French oak barrels. 40% of the maturation took place in first-fill French oak barrels, and the remainder in second- and third-fill barrels. The components were kept separately for 16 – 18 months. Thereafter, blending took place, followed by bottling of the wine 3 months later.
Cellar door price:   approx. R129 per bottle

Bordeaux-style red and matured Gouda

I love cheese. I love wine. What I love even more, is a careful pairing of the two, because there are few things in this life that brings me as much happiness as this union. How clever to redesign the classic celebration of the humble toasted cheese sandwich, upheld by the juicy tannins of the Grand Vin?

A combination of a rustic french loaf, a fragrantly oozy mature Gouda sauce and a dollop of sticky caramelised soy onions formed the basis of our Bordeaux-inspired dinner. Grilled in a hot oven until bubbly and gnarly, I was positively salivating as I pulled the tray from the oven. Topped with a sprinkle of fresh rocket, and I settled down for the evening with a glass of Grand Vin for company.

I believe the Grand Vin would be just as beautifully suited to a juicy piece of red meat with its bold palate of dark fruit flavours. It would even be incredibly flattering next to an earthy plate of mushroom risotto or an aubergine parmiagiana.

However, it was delightfully delicate next to these cheesy slices of toasty bread, cutting through the strong bursts of Gouda and the creaminess of the sauce. Simply delectable with the caramelised onions, harmonising in a full-mouth lingering finish.

Click here for the recipe for Bordeaux-style red and matured Gouda!

In conclusion

A gorgeous, all-pleasing red blend from Leopard’s Leap. A great bottle at a great price and better yet, the assurance of Leopard’s Leap‘s promise of quality comes with every bottle. The Culinaria Grand Vin 2019 shows off beautifully as a gift or as an addition to your personal collection, and will be a firm favourite at the dinner table.

And whilst we’re all waiting on summer through the final throes of winter, go ahead and spoil yourself with this superb pairing of wine and cheese – believe me, it’s worth every calorie!

Thank you, Leopard’s Leap, for reminding me of the little pleasures in life, however small or insignificant it seems – whatever brings you joy, we need to do more of that.

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.

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