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Sumaridge Wine Dinner 11th October 2013
Exceptional Wine & Good Food to Match
Posted by: Ania Trzaskowska (Guest Blogger)
Date: 11.10.2013
What a wonderful evening; great party atmosphere, exceptional wine and good food to match.

Arriving fashionably late, my partner and I walked into the lounge at the White Lion Hotel to find what seemed like a party in mid flow with a stylishly dressed crowd of people socialising with other guests as the aperitif was served; a 2012 Rose with aromas of raspberry, mandarin and rose petal. The General Manager Peter Osborne welcoming and chatting to guests, making everyone feel at home.

The vineyard this evening was Sumaridge Estate from the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley in Hermanus, South Africa. If like me you’ve never visited the Western Cape of Africa, it looked amazing as the screens in reception and the James Cable room showed us the beauty of the estate, the lovingly tended vineyards through the seasons and local staff picking grapes. It was nice to hear that Holly Bellingham, one of the Sumaridge Estate owners knows every member of staff on a first name basis.

The dinner was held in the James Cable room on the lowest floor which sat around 80 people. Our host for the evening kicked off the wine dinner introducing what we were about to receive. Our starter was served by impeccably presented staff with the second wine of the evening – a zippy white 2011 Sauvignon Blanc from Walker Bay to pair with our starter of smoked haddock fishcake served with a sweet chilli sauce and bed of leaves.

Our main of East Anglian rump of lamb with fondant potato and rosemary and dingle dell bacon jus was accompanied by two reds. A 2008 “Epitome” blend of Syrah, Pinotage and Merlot which was rich and full bodied and a lighter red, a 2010 Pinot Noir. Not being a fan of reds, I was really impressed by the Pinot Noir. On a full stomach we rested with a lovely talk from the other owner of Sumaridge, Simon Turner, who told us the story of how both owners stumbled across the wine making business, falling in love with Hermanus which lies along Walker Bay on the south coast of the Western Cape as it had a total reversal of seasons to the UK.

During the cheese course and dessert of tarte tatin another two wines were served. A 2011 blend of Merlot, Cab.franc and Malbec with the cheese and a wonderful honey sweet dessert wine from 1998 - Graham Beck, Rhone Muscadet.

The wine, the company and the host Peter Osborne urging us all get up to sing “My Way” with the pianist as background music, made this evening fun and one to remember.

View photos of the event on Facebook.

Guest Blog written by Ania Trzaskowska

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