You have to hand it to Van Loveren! Just when you think they must have reached the maximum when it comes to new wines and new combinations to please their legions of fans, they come up with yet another first – this time, well timed for summer celebrations both al fresco and formal.
Not only did they launch a new Pinot Grigio rosé, but they added soft bubbles to enhance its appeal, paired it with prawns, and dedicated it to that special Van Loveren matriarch, the late Jean Retief.
It was she who enhanced the wine estate alongside the Breede river with an exceptional garden, together with her husband Hennie planting a wealth of trees both indigenous and exotic from the 1940s. Many of these marked notable events in our history, others paid homage to important South African persons, still others celebrated family events, such as the births of her 11 grandchildren over the decades that followed Today that garden is renowned for its diversity even as it encompasses the expanded winery, tasting centre and restaurant with leafy shade.
Perlé de Jean is a stylish tribute, its retro front label reflecting leafy art in pastel feminine hues. The maiden vintage, 2018, proved as popular as predicted, and now the 2019 has replaced it, offering salmon -coloured crisp and fruity refreshment enlivened with tiny bubbles which serve to emphasise the berry-rich flavours, touched with a hint of citrus. Night harvesting of the Pinot Grigio grapes helps preserve that distinctive freshness, as it does our top Cap Classiques.
With low alcohol levels of just 12%, this makes it an ideal lunch companion to any occasion... but of course when it comes to a seafood feast of prawns, Perlé de Jean really comes into its own. You will find it at most of the supermarkets for about R70.
Van Loveren’s marketing department has taken on the chore of presenting us with a choice of prawn recipes with which to pair their pink perlé: both the Crispy king prawns and the Van Loveren Prawn Curry tickled my tastebuds, so those are the recipes I am adding here.
Light-hearted, delicious summer get-togethers are on the menu for the year-end holiday season. Enjoy every sip, every mouthful of this Perlé-and-Prawn combo!
See the prawn recipes in the next blog-to-come.