At the picturesque Val De Vie polo estate, just outside of Paarl, visitors to the estate can enjoy a lovely chocolate and Pongrácz tasting while enjoying the beautiful setting of the Polo Pavilion. Three specifically crafted chocolates with unique ingredients complement and enhance the characteristics of Pongrácz Brut, Pongrácz Rosé and Desiderius Pongrácz.
White chocolate with almond and lime is paired with Pongrácz Brut. The chocolate is sharply sweet at first, but the dry crispness of the Brut quickly balances flavour, taste and sense. The almond accentuates the nuttiness while delicate lime matches the zestiness of the Pongrácz.
Pongrácz Rosé and rose geranium milk chocolate overcomes the palate with heavy notes of rose infused Turkish Delight. At first the taste is quite overwhelming, but at the second bite the sweet rose geranium mingles flirtatiously with the berry notes of the Rosé. Truly a delightful combination.
Lastly, Pongrácz’s signature Cap Classique, Desiderius, is paired with a fiery hot plum white chocolate. An explosion of taste occur as the fruity plum, spicy cayenne pepper and smooth creaminess of the cuvée blend together. Every bite and every sip tantalise the taste buds. Ending the tasting with this combination is bittersweet as you crave just a little bit more!
The Pongrácz and chocolate tasting is a steal at R50 per person. It comes highly recommended. Waiting staff explain each Cap Classique and chocolate combination well and if you have the time it’ll be well spent at the Polo Pavilion. Tastings coincide with the Market at Val De Vie, so keep an eye on the Val De Vie website for details on upcoming events and market days.
For more information:
t: 021 863 6100