"Lunching is Lekker" at Amazink with US Woordfees
The much anticipated US Woordfees has come and gone and we are looking back on one of the special moments we were lucky to be part of. Stellenbosch Experience was invited to a delectable luncheon and wine pairing at the amazing Amazink in Khayamandi during the festival. This was not your average luncheon. Upon arrival each guest was gleefully decorated with traditional african face art and further welcomed with little bits to snack on while mingling with other guests. Trays of freshly cooked mini vetkoeks were served along with a cool glass of home brewed ginger beer. Our MC for the day then beckoned us to take our places at the table as the tasting was about to begin.
In a fluttering of laughter and continued conversation we all sat down to our first plate; crispy deep fried buffalo wings paired with Simonsig Chenin Blanc, from here we went to a Pinotage paired with Lamb potjie and side vegetables. And the finale; the famous Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Brut paired with mini custard tart and koesisters. The traditional South African food and wine pairing was absolutely delicious! While we tasted and discussed the uniqueness of each tasting, a play began to unfold before us - a young couple, glowing and in love sat flirting at the bar.
This was the theme of the afternoon, a unique and throughly entertaining way to showcase the beautiful complexities of each wine and the Pinotage in particular, through the storytelling of Stellenbosch's people as a context. Along with this we were also guided through the tasting by the tastingroom manager from Simonsig, Denzil, who was gracious enough to also share his incredible journey into wine with us. Needless to say it was a truly stellar luncheon, accompanied by exceptional local talent that danced, sang, delighted and taught us something in a rare and incredibly fun way with the awesome Amazink team.