If there is such a thing as a cult wine maker in South Africa, then this has got to be Eben Sadie. Eben, whose aim is to express a ‘terroir’ – a sense of a place of origin in wine –, has been instrumental in putting not just Swartland, but new generation South African wines as a whole on the map.
Prior to his winemaker career, following a stint as a surfer, Eben worked in the world’s most established wine regions such as Germany, Austria, Burgundy and Italy. This travel and experience goes a long way to explaining the nature of his clean, mineral, lean wine which has ageing potential that could last decades. His wines are sold under very small allocations and Aberdeen Street Social has been extremely lucky to secure arguably three of his best wines to showcase for the South African wine month campaign.
- Chenin Blanc, Mev. Kirsten, Eben Sadie, Stellenbosch 2012
- Grenache, Soldaat, Eben Sadie, Swasiland 2013
- Columella, Swartland 2004
In addition, sommelier Artur Aronov also selected two South African wines, available by glass, to pair with two signature dishes:
- Mullineux Chenin Blanc 2013 with Pigs Trotterer and Ham Hock with crispy black pudding, apple and madeira (starter), and
- Lammershoek LAM Syrah 2011 with Roasted rack and slow cooked neck of lamb, spiced eggplant, salsify and cavolo nero (main).
Located at PMQ, Aberdeen Street Social is the latest restaurant by Michelin-star Chef Jason Atherton in town. The restaurant blends a casual, relaxed vibe with a cool, sophisticated design. The downstair bar and bistro is a cosy room with a long bar and outdoor patio for all-day socialising, while the upper floor houses a contemporary restaurant wth an intimate dining experience with an outdoor terrace overlooking the gardens.
Invite your friends to relax at Aberdeen Street Social and explore the pairing of Michelin-star dishes with the best of South African wines throughout the month of April.