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Review: Sensational Summer with JC Le Roux – Unusual and Exciting Tastings

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jc-le-rouxSensational Summer has just started – a great way to explore the Stellenbosch winelands. The 17 participating wine producers are going all out to present their wines in new and innovative ways.

With only one day in my schedule to sample the festival I randomly picked five wine estates. First stop: Champagne –  I mean sparkling wine – and marshmallow-tasting at the House of JC Le Roux.

When I heard about the marshmallow / wine pairing I had my doubts. In my mind I saw a tall champagne flute next to a bowl of overly sweet pink and white marshmallows. So the fresh gourmet rose water, pistachio and strawberry marshmallows that awaited me were a pleasant surprise.

The tasting consisted of three glasses of champagne: Pinot Noir Rosé, La Valle Rosé and La Fleurette Rosé paired with the marshmallows. The Pinot Noir Rosé is a little too dry for my taste but became quite delicious when paired with the rose water marshmallow. The strawberry and La Fleurette Rosé was the Plus One’s favourite while I adored the taste of La Valle Rosé with pistachio.

At R 25 for this unusual tasting (valid during the run of Sensational Summer from 16-19 December ) this is definitely value for money, and each of the 17 vineyards is offering something just as exciting.

But don’t expect to get to all 17 in a day…  I found the atmosphere and the staff at JC Le Roux so friendly and the wines so good that it became increasingly hard to move on.  In fact…  I confess… it was my only stop on the route.  I am sure the other estates were just as fabulous but I wanted the party in my mouth to last just a little bit longer.

By Jana van Heerden
@janadidthis

 

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