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World-class Joburg eatery explores uncharted waters with introduction of Mirabelle Rosé

Having sailed through uncharted waters of the South African fine dining with chutzpah many times before, Johannesburg businessman Nicky van der Walt transported guests into his “life-long dream” of spearheading his own private label wines with the unveiling of the exceptional Mirabelle Rosé at TANG Sandton.

Hot on the heels of the launch in May of his celebrated luxury Asian eatery, TANG Sandton, which was awarded the Luxe Restaurant Award 2021 by the Hospitality Counsel just a month into existence, the posh Nelson Mandela Square-situated restaurant and bar was once again the host venue for Nicky Van derWalt’s latest venture.

The occasion was graced by South Africa’s who’s who, among them businesswoman Johanna Mukoki, the Real Housewife of Joburg star Tarina Patel, radio personalities Lerato Kganyago and Bridget Masinga, chef Nti, TV host Dan Nicholl, former Miss SA Tansey Coetzee, actress Mulisa Mudau and renowned wine expert Michael Fridjhon.

A very jolly good felllow; DJ Ravin had time to pose for paparazzi with the entire Van der Walt brood!

World famous resident DJ Ravin of Buddha Group (Paris) kept us entertained throughout with some pretty catchy numbers, and even took turns striking a few poses for paparazzi with the entire Van der Walt brood, including Nicky Van der Walt’s wife, Lee-Ann Liebenberg, the couple’s two daughters and six-month-old son Jagger.

“Today is a very special day for me as it marks a dream come true,” Nicky Van der Walt said. “I am proudly launching Mirabelle Rosé, the first step in hopefully a very long and beautiful journey in the wine industry which I love.”

Nothing beats sipping a top quality South African wine, perfectly paired with mouth-watering gourmet appetizers.

Though a proudly South African creation – thanks to a new generation of winegrowers who sought to experiment with new ways of producing Cinsault (a black wine grape variety used mainly to produce Rosé wines and some of SA’s top blends) over the past years to prove that the once famous grape variety has the potential to produce excellent wines when managed properly – with this brand new baby, the father of three set out to create a world-class Provençal-style rosé, famous for its heady aroma of fresh flowers; it’s no wonder guests were decked out in their finest (as per ‘Spring Style’ dress code protocol) – with interceptions of bright spring colours here and there.

“Historically, rosé was always an afterthought in South Africa,” Nicky van der Walt said . “And it is only in the past decade or so that local producers have upped their game. With Mirabelle, I set out to create a light and fresh wine with a beautiful pink hue that one can drink from brunch right through the day without getting palate fatigue.”

Mirabelle Rosé launch was graced by South Africa’s who’s who of showbiz, business and the wine industry.

The making of Mirabelle Rosé

Mirabelle Rosé is superbly crafted from the old Cinsault noir and Mourvèdre grape wine varieties both grown in the Swartland. Made of 75% Cinsault from two different vineyard blocks and 25% Mourvèdre (often blended with Cinsault to soften intense perfume flavors) from a single vineyard block, it has top notes of cherry, strawberry, and candyfloss, a subtle rose petal perfume, with a lemon twist finish. 

The collection was conceptualised by Nicky, with the help of celebrated SA winemaker, Pieter Carstens from Leeuwenkuil, during the first hard lockdown last year.

Doting mom and dad, Lee-Ann Liebenberg and Nicky van der Walt, with their two daughters and six-month-old son, Jagger.

He says he chose not to go with either Chardonnay, Chenin blanc, or Sauvignon blanc because he “wanted the first Mirabelle wine to express my adventurous spirit and my willingness to explore uncharted territory”.

Interested to know the origin of the term ‘Mirabelle’? It’s derived from the French word ‘mira’, which means ‘wonderous’, and is combined with ‘belle,’ meaning ‘beautiful.’ Interestingly, Belle is also the nickname of Nicky vander Walt’s youngest daughter, Gabriella, which gives it a whole special meaning. How sweat!

Businesswoman Johanna Mukoki with a friend!
Mirabelle Rosé: availability & pricing 

In addition to Tang, Mirabelle Rosé will be sold at Norman Goodfellows, both in-store and online for R135 (750ml) and R265 (1.5lt). It will also be available on location in exclusive liquor outlets such as the Saxon in Johannesburg, and the Grand Pavilion in Sea Point.  

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Tankiso Komane
Tankiso Komane
A Tshwane University of Technology journalism graduate, Tankiso Komane has a vast experience in print & broadcast media business and has worked for some of the country’s biggest daily newspapers, including The Sowetan, The Citizen, The Times, and The New Age. Through her varied work as a journalist, notably as a copywriter for SABC1 (On-Air promotions) and as a publicist for Onyx Communications, she has developed an in-depth understanding of the nature of the media business and how to use it for the purpose of exposure. Her expertise in journalism across various disciplines, coupled with a good reputation, has laid the foundation of a new kind "trust in Journalism" as the media ecosystem continues to digitally evolve.
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