Schalk-Willem Joubert coming to Mantra

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Rupert & Rothschild Wine Dinner to be held on August 31, 2011.

Schalk-Willem Joubert Cellar Master at Rupert and Rothschild Vignerons since 1998. His experiences include winemaking at the two Rupert-owned wine estates: La Motte and L’Ormarins, a harvest in California and regular visits to the Rothschild – owned property, Château Clarke in Bordeaux. 

Rupert and Rothschild is one of South Africa’s aristocratic wine estates. The Friderickburg Estate in Franschhoek where the project is run as a 50:50 partnership between the Rupert family and the Rothschild family (of Bordeaux fame). The farm was formed in 1690 and was purchased by Anthonij Rupert in 1984, and since then the historic buildings and vineyards have been substantially modified.

Cellar Master Schalk-Willem JoubertCellar Master Schalk-Willem Joubert

Sixty percent of the grapes come from Rupert-owned vineyards, with other grapes bought-in. Half the wines are exported, with the most important export markets being Germany, China, Japan and Hong Kong.

Superstar winemaking consultant Michel Rolland is employed there, visiting the estate four times a year and assisting winemaker Schalk-Willem Joubert.

“More has happened in the last 10 years in the South African wine industry than the last 100,’says Schalk, commenting on the rapid pace of change there. He adds, “Our style is not as big as you’d expect from a new world producer: alcohol levels are 13.5–14%. I focus more on mouthfeel than anything else, and also on careful use of wood.”

Just three wines are made: a Chardonnay and two red blends. First vintage was in 1998.

The dinner will be with all 3 famous wines which are made at the wine estate, which include the Baroness Nadine Chardonnay 2008, Rupert & Rothschild Classique 2008 and the Rupert & Rotschild Baron Edmond 2008. All have received high scores from the international wine magazines. The wines are usually sold out 10 months after production; therefore don’t miss the chance to savour these exclusive wines.

Kai-Uwe Klenz, Mantra’s executive chef has planned a 5 course gourmet dinner to match the world class wines.

Start off the culinary adventure with the Charles de Laroche champagne and end the journey with the drink of your choice from the digestive trolley after the dessert.

This is truly an exclusive dinner with seating limited to only 40 seats. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Cocktails commence at 7.15 pm followed by dinner at 8 pm. The cost is Baht 2,950+ per person. For reservations please contact email: [email protected] or call mantra: 038 429 591.