More food, wine and art at Tortuga

The latest tastings at Tortuga in Governor’s Square showcased some diverse local art as well as some exciting wines from all around the globe. The Journal reports.

Exotic flowers, restful seascapes and innovative abstracts, all imbued with energetic colours were the trademark of artist Dahlia Jones, who was featured at Tortuga’s April ‘Art, Food & Wine Tasting’.

Monique Hamaty-Simmonds, Assistant Managing Director of Tortuga Rum Company, whose father founded the company 25 years ago, was delighted with the exhibition and says: “April’s wine tasting was another great success. Dahlia sold three of her lovely paintings and was asked to create a special piece.”

She continues: “We are pleased to be able to bring together so many people from throughout the community as well as island visitors to enjoy these monthly events.”

The nearby restaurant Prime Churrascaria Brazilian Steak House furnished the appetisers for this event and the wine tasting featured a selection of Chilean wines from Chateau Los Boldos – Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere Tradition.

The old winery at Chateau Los Boldos was established over 150 years ago and its 350 hectares of prime vineyards produces 180,000 cases of premium quality wines. It is located at the foot of the Andes in the Rapel Valley and is one of the oldest wineries in Chile. Chateau Los Boldos was founded in 1990 by Dominique Massenez.

Chateau Los Boldos made its name worldwide thanks to the quality of its fine wines coming from a technique of wine making in the pure French tradition adapted to the Rapel’s porous and stony soil.

The Cabernet Sauvignon Tradition comes from the Rapel Valley, in the Requioa region and is aged for six months in stainless steel and oak tanks, producing a wine with a deep red body with hints of purplish blue. The nose is powerful and harmonious in which dominate notes of red fruits, leather, mint and a slight touch of spice.

May’s tasting showcased the work of the undisputed queen of underwater photography, Cathy Church, who set up a dazzling exhibition of her much-loved work, including a vibrant selection of photographs that are excellent examples of her new direction towards abstract art, along with a wide selection of small postcard-sized prints for a great reminder of Cathy’s talent.

Appetisers were provided by that perennial favourite, The Wharf, while featured wines all came from New Zealand’s Kim Crawford winery: the Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
The Dry Riesling was made from grapes from vineyards in the Awatere and Wairau Valleys in Marlborough. The cool evenings and long days were ideal conditions for flavour development. Wine of the palest green was produced, displaying a wonderful lifted aroma of citrus, honey and apple blossom. There’s a burst of citrus on the palate, following through to a persistent finish.
The Sauvignon Blanc grapes were selected from a number of vineyards throughout the Marlborough region. The cool conditions during flowering which resulted in lighter than average yields were followed by ideal ripening and flavour development conditions for the remainder of the growing season.

The wine displays a pale straw colour with bags of tropical aromas combined with an herbaceous edge on the nose, with luscious tropical and stone fruits on the palate. The wine has a pleasant and firm acidity.

Here’s to the next tasting at Tortuga!