Mar 172010

Making wine in the country of the Silver Fern is a challenge that makes life very interesting for Hennie Bosman, a local businessman turned winery owner in New Zealand, after emigrating with his family in 2004.

Hennie is visiting South Africa this week and 3 of his Sandihurst wines will be tasted with comparative South African examples in a special event arranged by Wine Clubs SA on Friday, 26 March from 18h30.

Hennie will share his insights about winemaking in South Africa versus that of New Zealand during the event.

Obvious climactic differences and an adventurous approach have led to interesting experiments at Sandihurst, like covering the vineyard with broken glass to enable more light and warmth onto the grapes. This project was undertaken with the Christchurch University a few years ago and the first wines released after this project was started form part of the tasting.

Limited seats are still available at TheOnly1 Restaurant on the Bottelary Road where Hennie will show his Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Riesling.

Paul Cluver (Pinot Noir & Riesling), De Grendel (Pinot Noir & Pinot Gris), Villiera (Riesling) and Anthonij Rupert Wines (Pinot Gris) will be represented with their wines by their respective wine-makers and cellar masters, ie. Andries Burger, Charles Hopkins, Jeff Grier and Neil Patterson.

Tickets are available at R200 per person, which includes dinner consisting of canapés, a main course of five spice scented pork belly with an apple and thyme stuffing set on roasted garlic and herb pureed potato, sautéed seasonal vegetables with a bourbon jus, followed by petit dark chocolate macadamia nut springroll served with coffee.

Contact Björn van Oort at or 084-5111-806 for more info or to book your seats.

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