Last night I was invited to attend the Women of wine event at Asara Wine Estate and Hotel where a group of 20 women were entertained in the red wine barrel cellar.
The event started out with a selection of canapés made by Asara’s chef which was followed by a tasting of seven of Asara’s wines. The tasting was conducted by Tanja-Marie Goedhart the Assistant Winemaker at Asara as Winemaker Francois Joubert was in Durban promoting the brand at the Mercury Wine Festival.
The barrel cellar at Asara is a spectacular venue which has a high ceiling and no less than five chandeliers. Asara used the Women in Wine event as a trial run for future events, deemed the ‘long table’ to be held in the cellar.
The seven wines which we tasted were:
2010 Asara Sauvignon Blanc
2010 Asara Cabernet Sauvignon Blanc
2011 Asara Chardonnay Unwooded
2010 Asara Chardonnay Reserve
2009 Asara Merlot
2009 Asara Cabernet Sauvignon
2007 Asara Bell Tower
The Cabernet Sauvignon Blanc was described by Tanja-Marie as the “jewel of Asara” and has a clarity of colour which is almost straw-like with no hint of pink to belie the Blanc de Noir origin of the wine.
The Bell Tower is also a very unusual Bordeaux blend as it is Malbec driven rather than the more widely occurring Cabernet Sauvignon driven.
The tasting was followed by a wonderful spread as catered by Stellenbosch’s own Delicately Different.
Please click here to view pictures from the event.
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