My Tasting Notes on Flat Roof Manor Malbec

Flat Roof Manor Malbec label

When you hear about a Malbec wine, where do you think it is from? Probably Argentina, but maybe from it’s native home, in France. In either case, you would be wrong. A bottle of Flat Roof Manor Malbec 2010 was sent to me to taste and review. It comes from the Stellenbosch region of South Africa.

I checked into the history of Malbec in South Africa and found out that it has been around the region since the 1920s, so it does have a fair history.  From my past experience tasting many South African wines through the South World Wine Society, I was expecting an “Old World Style New World Wine“.  A wine with it’s feet in both the history of Europe and the youth of the Americas and Southern hemisphere.  And I was right.  South African wines tend to go very well with food as they have good tannic structure and are not over the top with fruit flavour and aroma.

About Flat Roof Manor

The Flat Roof Manor wines are made by Estelle Lourens on the Uitkyk Wine Estate (pronounced “eat cake” wine estate) in the Stellenbosch region of South Africa. The Georgian Manor House, part of the inspiration for these wines, is set with a view of Table Mountain.l  It is also one of just 3 two-storied Neoclassical houses in this style left in the Cape.  The cat on the label is linked to a legend where a cat remained on the flat topped roof long after the original owners left, to enjoy it’s life for many years. The cat represents a “laid back, unpretentious, confident, and playful” spirit.

Tasting Flat Roof Manor Malbec

Flat Roof Manor Malbec 2010

The first thing I noticed on the label is that this wine has 14% alcohol, so I expected it to be quite hot, but was not.  It was perfectly balanced with the fruit and tannins.  It was a medium ruby colour in the glass.  You could see legs on the glass after a swirl, so you know the alcohol level is there.  It has a medium intensity, youthful aroma (and should keep it thanks to being under screwcap). I picked up on black fruit, red cherries, plums, red currant fruits as well as black currant leaf, cloves and some smokiness.  Quite a range of aromas. It is dry on the palate with medium plus tannins and medium body.  As mentioned the alcohol level meshed very well with the wine, so you did not feel any hotness in your mouth from it. It also had a range of flavours, including red and black fruit, plum, cassis, black currant leaf and a light amount of oak.  Medium plus length, with white pepper, vanilla and sour cherry on the finish.  A pretty decent wine, with some tannic structure to give it body, and a variety of fruit aromas and flavours to make it enjoyable on the palate.

This wine is available in BC, Alberta, Newfoundland, and Nova Scotia for between $12.99-$13.99.  A great price for an over achieving wine.  Enjoy!

Wine’d Up Dinner for Whistler Search and Resue

Whistler Search and Rescue Society (WSAR) is holding its twelfth annual winemaker’s gourmet dinner and auction, “Wine’d Up”, on October 15th, 2011.

Guests at this popular event will enjoy an evening of outstanding food and wine while supporting the critically important work of Whistler’s search and rescue volunteers.

Organizers are delighted to welcome the return of five of Whistler’s renowned Executive Chefs:

·         Chef Vincent Stufano, Fairmont Chateau Whistler

·         Chef Scott Dolbee, Four Seasons Resort Whistler

·         Chef James Walt, Araxi Restaurant and Bar

·         Chef Grant Cousar, Whistler Cooks Catering

·         Chef Steve Bjormark, Whistler Blackcomb

Each chef will create a dish with flavours to complement and enhance the selection of fine wines poured with each course.

Wines for this year’s dinner are generously being donated by four leading South African wineries:  Flat Roof Manor, Moreson (great sparkling wine), Boekenhoutskloof (a premium producer. Makes a wonderful Syrah), and Lammershoek (new to BC.  Nice pinotage and more)South Africa’s centuries-old winemaking tradition blends the restrained elegance of the Old World with the accessible fruit-driven styles of the New, creating wines which eloquently express the Cape’s unique terroir.  As a special treat, dessert will be paired with Amarula Cream Liqueur.

In addition to sensory delights of food and wine, the event will offer guests a chance to participate in both live and silent auctions throughout the evening with items generously donated by businesses in Whistler and throughout B.C.

The evening is truly a community effort.  Whistler-Blackcomb supports this event each year by donating their facilities and staff at Dusty’s Bar & Grill in Whistler Creekside.  Whistler Search and Rescue members volunteer their time at the dinner and auction to ensure everyone has an enjoyable evening.

WSAR is a community driven volunteer organization”, says Brad Sills, SAR Manager, Whistler Search and Rescue Team.  “The annual Wine’d Up fundraiser is the single biggest revenue source that WSAR receives. The Team depends on the generous support the Whistler Community has traditionally given at this annual event in order to meet its operational requirements.”  Since its inception in 2000 organizers have raised more than $340,000.  Brad adds, “WSAR is forever grateful to all the people who organize and support this event”.

Tickets are $160 plus hst and are sold through Whistler Blackcomb – 1-800 766 0449.  Suggested attire for this event is smart western gear / smart casual.

Where, When, How to Get Tickets

Whistler Search and Rescue Society
Twelfth Annual “Wine’d Up” Gourmet Dinner & Auction

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Dusty’s Bar & Grill, Whistler Creekside
Reception & Hors D’Oeuvres 6:00 pm

Tickets are $160 + hst – on sale September 1st
For tickets call Whistler Blackcomb at 1-800 766 0449

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