“Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.” ― Ernest Hemingway
I love all things wine and anyone who claims to know me, should know where to put the word ‘wine’, when the sentence is about me. Over the past two years, what I knew as Highlands Country Club, has totally bowled people from different walks of life, over, with the transformation and futuristic ideals that have and still are taking place.
Thanks to Rufaro of Lush, an invitation was extended to be part of the Wine Club, that’s hosted once a month and open to members only. I must admit, this concept intrigued me and I just had to find out more. Yes, you read right, it is members only. So, how does one become a member, you might ask? Put blatantly, through application. Membership is available in five tiers on a quarterly basis. Two of the memberships, one and two, are on a corporate tag and the remaining three are individual and/or family, are at hand on Platinum, Gold and silver membership, all priced differently.
Wine Clubs, for the greater part, are casual get together of wine novices, aficionados, you name them, as long as your ears perk up on hearing the word wine, Usually, the main purpose is that of experiencing and sharing a wine culture that extends anywhere from the actual wines, education and a taste of the wine lifestyle, with like minded people.
The Country Club is nuzzled in the pacific Newlands area, one of Harare’s northern suburbs. When I drove in, a feel of open acceptance is what greeted me, with an impression of opulence and restrained lavish appeal. Indoor, outdoors or somewhere in between, live out your preference and match your mood, if it allows. An array of facilities and benefits exist for the use of members and amongst those, golf, gym, Lush for the foodies and other benefits extended when one becomes a member.
The Wine Club experience
Hosted by Lush, which boasts intimate member experiences, my attendance, was to the second wine event, about a week ago, which was a clear celebration of Zimbabwean personalities, specially entitled The Zim Trio. It included Kumusha Wines by Tinashe Nyamudoka, Mosi Wines by Joseph Dafana and The Garajeest by Callan Williams. A special appearance by Tinashe and Joseph definitely brought that bespoke Lush touch. Eight wines, four white and four red, were lined up for the evening, including a Blanc des Blanc (white of whites) sparkling wine as a welcome sip. I decided to make my three picks of the wines available for the evening’s tasting.
Jim Sémillon 2017 by The Garajeest
This fatty and full single variety Sémillon, rated 90 points by Tim Atkins, award winning Wine Master and Wine Writer, is a full and round palate surprise. It’s serenely oily, yet convincing appeal will easily win you over, leaving you captivated and a mind turned to 100% Sémillon, over the usual blend.
Mosi ‘Tinashe’ Swartland Chenin 2018 by Joseph Dafana
Named after his son, Tinashe, this Chenin Blanc, made with grapes grown from the Swartland Region of South Africa, reminded me of how I appreciate wines from this region and their quirky appeal. Layers of generous peachy flavours and an astounding roundness quickly indulged the palates of wine lovers, mine included.
Kumusha Cabernet Sauvignon/Cinsault 2019 by Tinashe Nyamudoka
This radiant red blend driven by a galore of a forgiving intensity of red fruit, spelt everything easy for wine lovers palates. I couldn’t overlook the historical aspect of Cinsault as I sipped on this upfront and personal red.
Would I have ever given any thought to becoming a Country Club member before any touch of experience? No. It’s immersion into the realm of sophistication and taking moments to understand where life, experiences and memories merge. As I absorbed The Country Club ‘promise’ around me, I couldn’t help my thoughts wondering to how it would make a perfect fit for my quarterly grocery list. To the Country Club’s ‘Lush’ Wine Club, it’s a wine cheer to the lush things in life and thoughts pondering on this worthwhile membership.