Dinner with Ian Naude of Adoro Wines
Posted on Jul 31, 2010
The Churchill Hotel is delighted that renowned wine maker Ian Naudé has chosen our venue to host an intimate dinner party at which a select number will be able to sample and discuss his wines and, in a convivial atmosphere, hear of Ian’s philosophies and wine making techniques.
Winemaker Ian Naudé has more than twenty years of international winemaking experience. Ian has always believed that South Africa’s point of difference will be its premium blends. Not just blends by cultivar, but by the richly varied terroir that sees it uniquely positioned to make the best of winemaking styles, both ‘old world’ and ‘new’.
In a departure from the norm, Naudé began with a final goal in mind. Then he visited vineyards across the winelands looking for grapes to produce the envisioned result.
Ian’s initial attempt was a sumptuous red blend whose juicy yet weighty profile was sought from the different expressions of cultivar produced by different terroir. The blend, Adoro Red, won four stars in the John Platter guide, while his white blend, Adoro White, was a local first of sorts. A single varietal sauvignon blanc, Adoro White was produced from five disparate regions known for their excellence with the cultivar. And finally, the flagship wine, the Naudé white blend, whose critical acclaim has included a rating from Matthew Jukes as a “cult white wine in the making.”