Mechoui

Sunday, September 25 Jabulani Vineyard and Winery

Reported by Bill Ellis

A warm, sunny September afternoon and evening was enjoyed by twenty-seven members and their guests at a local vineyard and winery for the Guild’s annual “Mechoui”.

The event was hosted by Tom and Janet Moul the proprietors of Jabulani Vineyard and Winery at their outdoor tasting patio. Jabulani is located on Jock Trail, a few kilometres west of Richmond.

Mechoui at Jabulani Vineyard and Winery
Mechoui at Jabulani Vineyard and Winery

Mechoui is a French derivation of the Arabic word mešwi which means roasted, or grilled. The French adopted this term from their colonies in the Maghreb (Morrocco, Algeria, Tunisia) where it is most often used for lamb or mutton (but could refer to camel or goat). In our case, chef Sylvain de Margerie prepared a delicious spit roasted lamb over natural charcoal. The lamb was accompanied by a variety of salads and cakes from Culinary Conspiracy.

We enjoyed a Konzelmann Estate Winery, Methode Cuvée Close Rosé as an ‘Ice breaker’.

Tom then lead us through a tasting of his 2010 estate white wines. As the tasting notes are available only on the bottle and at the winery website, they have been paraphrased here to share the experience.

  • 2010 Frontenac Gris and Un-oaked Chardonnay (sur lie): Tasting note: “A wine of unique complexity with a raisin and peach nose transitioning to a soft pineapple and caramel pallet.”
  • 2010 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay: Tasting note: “Butterscotch and light fresh citrus on the nose translate to a full caramel apple and white pepper taste with subtle pear and melon flavours.”
  • 2010 Frontenac Gris and Vidal: Tasting note: “This wine reminds us of the heady scent of summer, with honeysuckle and clover on the nose. The delightful aroma translates to the pallet where it combines deliciously with lemon zest and pink grapefruit.”
  • 2010 Frontenac Gris and Pinot Gregio: Tasting note: ”This wine conjures up images of Africa, providing an interesting blend of apricot and fig on the pallet. A hint of allspice and white pepper add an exotic twist.”

With the lamb, we enjoyed Jabulani’s red offerings:

  • 2010 Marquette, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc: Tasting note: “This bright red offers aromas suggestive of dark cherries, cedar and green pepper; and it delivers with additional flavours of rich dark fruit, cassis and dark bitter chocolate”.
  • 2010 Marquette and Shiraz: Tasting note: “Cassis and white pepper are immediately evident on the nose of this distinctively purple (not red) wine. Cherry and cassis mix subtly with smoke and dark bitter chocolate, and offer a remarkable experience for the pallet. A long tannic finish”.

For the sweet tooth, desert included a Lemon Parfait Cake, Chocolate Truffle Cake, Carrot Cake and Grand Marnier Cheesecake. All very delicious, and accompanied by NECTAR DES NEIGES, a desert wine produced locally by Domaine Perrault:

Tasting note: Vidal—lighter style of icewine, full bodied, balanced acidity aromas of apricot, honey, candied fruit, some floral overtones; soft and creamy on palate balanced and elegant with tropical fruit flavours, creamy peaches, apricots, citrus and vanilla notes finishes on tropical fruit and nut notes.

The weather cooperated and everyone had a great time.

Special thanks to Tom and Janet Moul for opening the winery to us after their season close (Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 11th to Labour Day 2011) and for keeping a selection of their wines for us after selling out most of their 2010 inventory by mid-August.