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{wine} First of the summer wine: Theuniskraal Sauvignon Blanc 2023 - The Little Hedonist
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{wine} First of the summer wine: Theuniskraal Sauvignon Blanc 2023

December 14, 2023

As the season of giving, entertaining, indulging and sharing knocks at our door, it’s time to stock up on all our holiday favourites. First of the summer wines, I’m adding a half-dozen bottles of Theuniskraal Sauvignon Blanc 2023 to my wine fridge, so that I can share this summer delight with loved ones.

Introduction

When hosting friends or family over the festive period, there is always a question about which wine to serve. The Theuniskraal Sauvignon Blanc 2023 is your answer; delightfully refreshing and crisp, yet nuanced and complex in texture. With prominent ripe fruit at the forefront, this is an elegant food-loving wine that will bring an air of celebration to any meal. Beautifully enjoyed chilled, I’ll be sipping my Theuniskraal Sauvignon Blanc 2023 al-fresco, accompanied by a variety of my favourite cheese & charcuterie snacks.

Background

Theuniskraal, one of Tulbagh’s best-known wine farms and one of South Africa’s very first white-wine estates, has a history as interesting, and as old, as the town itself. Situated some 120km from Cape Town, Tulbagh is the centre of one of South Africa’s oldest agricultural regions.

Theuniskraal Sauvignon Blanc 2023

Winemaker Andries Jordaan describes the wine as being elegant but crisp with prominent ripe fruit flavours on the palate. These are supported by asparagus and gooseberries with a hint of grassiness that lingers long on the aftertaste. Perfect for the hot days the Sauvignon Blanc is brilliantly clear with greenish hues and golden specks. The freshly cut grass, tropical fruit and asparagus aromas set the tone for relaxed holiday season.

Available directly off the farm in Tulbagh or select outlets nationwide the wine sells for R73 per bottle.

For more information visit https://www.theuniskraal.co.za/.



Burnt Basque Goat’s Cheesecake with a white nectarine and rosemary compote

To show the versatility of this wine, I decided to pair it with a classic dessert: the cheesecake. But to fully unravel and experience the complexity of this young Sauvignon Blanc, I added a few twists, like creamy, savoury goat’s cheese, and a gorgeous herby compote to serve.

I also decided on the Burnt Basque rendition of the humble cheesecake, adding to the savoury umami, as well as the wow-factor with its contrasting colours. An aromatic ginger-infused crumb base reminds of the warming spices associated with an European winter’s Christmas, whilst the blush hues of nectarine skins brings us back home to sunny South Africa.

A fairly easy recipe to make without fail, this is the perfect end to your festive lunch, or for those who do not enjoy fruit cake, or for those who enjoy a more savoury wrap-up.

Burnt Basque Goat's Cheese Cheescake

Adapted from:
A delectably savoury spin on everyone's favourite baked cheesecake, this dessert will enchant with a white nectarine and rosemary compote.
Course Dessert

Ingredients
  

For the crust:

  • 1 packet (200gr) ginger biscuit crumbs
  • 6 tbsp butter melted, plus extra for pan
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • pinch salt

For the filling:

  • 2 tubs thick cream cheese
  • 250 gr goat's cheese log
  • 250 ml sour cream
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

For the compote:

  • 4 white nectarines, cubed
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • fresh rosemary sprigs

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 180C.T
  • To make the crust: Stir all of the ingredients together in a large bowl. Butter a 23cm round springform pan.
  • Press the crumb mixture onto the bottom and about halfway up the sides of the pan.
  • To make the filling: Beat the cream and goat cheeses until light and fluffy using a hand mixer or wooden spoon.
  • Add the sour cream and beat to combine. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each egg is added, until thoroughly combined.
  • Beat in the sugar and vanilla until just combined. Pour the filling into the prepared crust.
  • Put on a baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake for 55 to 60 minutes, rotating the baking sheet halfway through.
  • Remove the cheesecake from the oven and let it cool completely before serving, as it continues to set as it cools. It is best to refrigerate overnight before serving. Cut the cake into wedges and serve with the compote.
  • To make the compote: Combine the brown sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat. Squeeze the lemon juice into the pan and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer, add the nectarine cubes and stir until well mixed. Simmer until the liquid has reduced to a syrupy consistency and the fruit is soft. Add more water or honey if the liquid reduces too much and the fruit is still not soft. It shouldn't fall apart.
Keyword baked dessert, cheesecake, Dessert, goat's cheese





In conclusion

Rich, smooth, complex and fragrant, much like the Theuniskraal Sauvignon Blanc 2023. Add a good dose of sunshine, a beautiful table of loved ones, and happy memories made with one of my first summer wines.

Disclaimer: 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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