Big Bottle Festival 2012
More than thirty five of South Africa’s most prestigious wine producers will be digging deep into their cellars to source their biggest bottles for the second annual Big Bottle Festival at the Cellars- Hohenort Hotel on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th August 2012.
Large format bottlings are usually only done in very small numbers (if ever) for special occasions or vinotheques. The Big Bottle Festival will celebrate larger wine bottles, the excitement and ceremony of opening them and the wonder at the ageability of wines bottled in these different, glamorous and often very rare formats. From Magnums to Methuselah and Salmanazars to Nebuchadnezzars, the large bottles range from 1.5litre up to a 15 litre bottle and guests can sample a generous amount of some of the best wines internationally and locally.
The Big Bottle Festival events
Friday’s Big Bottle Festival will feature comparative Champagne tasting of large format Blanc de Blanc vs. Blanc de Noir some of legendary vintages and from smaller most exclusive houses. The second event, a five course fine dining evening by Peter Tempelhoff of The Greenhouse, will see thirteen internationally sought after and collectible wines, all in the larger format, paired with the five most suited dishes.
SA’s Top Chefs create for Big Bottles
Saturday’s afternoon walk-around tasting will host guests through a maze of tasting rooms set up in both the Cellars and Hohenort Hotel buildings. Here top Chefs Luke Dale-Roberts (Test Kitchen), Roland Gorgosilich (Bosman’s), Peter Tempelhoff (The Collection McGrath), Rudi Liebenberg (The Mount Nelson) and Reuben Riffel (Reuben’s) will create delectable dishes for guests to savour as they move through these themed rooms tasting the wines of the various producers from large formats.