The story of Le Pommier’s Jonathan’s Malbec

Le Pommier is a small Vineyard just outside of Stellenbosch.  Jonathan was Le Pommier’s resident Bull with a special attitude; he was also quite mischievous.

One year Jonathan broke into this Stellenbosch vineyard and consumed most of the Malbec harvest illustrating his good taste. With a small amount of Malbec left, the first limited edition was produced from the 2009 vintage.

Malbec in South Africa.

According to Wine SA,  South Africa was first exposed to the Malbec grape in the 1920s. This grape has been grown consistently, if not enthusiastically, since then. The main Malbec vineyards centre in and around the Stellenbosch and Paarl regions. The rich and heavily fertilized soils there help to create the ideal ground in which to grow Malbec, giving it an earthy and slightly acidic taste that would otherwise be missing.

Malbec Food Pairings.

As stated on about.com Malbec is extremely food-friendly and ultra accommodating. Consider giving Malbec a try with a wide variety of beef, game, lamb, chili, stews, mushrooms, sausage and barbecue sauces. Lamb shanks pair especially well with Malbec, at Le Pommier Restaurant it is one of our most popular dishes, however if you want to prepare this at home give Jamie Oliver’s Lamb shank recipe a go.

The Platter’s wine guide awarded this wine a worthy 4 star. Sadly Jonathan passed away a year later but his legacy lives on in this wine label named after him.

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