Dish at Le Franschhoek & Delheim Wines- Wine Dinner – August 2015

Welcome canapé’s Charcuterie and Pate’ with Delheim WinesPinotage Rose’ Pearls
                  Welcome canapé’s – Charcuterie and Pate’ with Delheim WinesPinotage Rose’ Pearls

This month installment of the Wine Dinner evening at Le Franschhoek saw Stellenbosch based, Delheim Wines paired with delicious dishes prepared by Chef Scott Shepard.

Welcome canapé’s – Pinotage Rosé Charcuterie and Pate’ with Pinotage Rose’ Pearls
                                 Charcuterie and Pate’ with Pinotage Rose’ Pearls
Delheim Wines Pinotage Rosé
              Delheim Wines Pinotage Rosé

Guest were welcomed with a chilled glass of Delheim Pinotage Rosé the Charcuterie and Pate’ with Delheim Wines Pinotage Rose’ Pearls was the perfect combination, to start our evening into good food and wine.

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We were then led to our tables and welcome by the smooth jazzy and classical tunes of husband and wife duo, Simply Smooth.

Simply Smooth
                                                                   Simply Smooth

First up was the Chicken roulade with Lemongrass and Consommé,which was paired with the Delheim Sauvignon Blanc. This pairing had us baffled as we couldn’t quiet make the connection between the food and the wine,but we took our spoons and found that you needed the Consommé to make the paring work. Talking to Delheim winemaker, Reg Holder,it was interesting to find that he also agreed.

Second Course – Delheim Wines Sauvignon Blanc Chicken roulade with Lemongrass and Consommé’
Chicken roulade with Lemongrass and Consommé’
Delheim Wines Sauvignon Blanc
          Delheim Wines Sauvignon Blanc
Third Course – Delheim Wines Chenin Blanc Home Smoked Halibut and Lemon pepper caviar
        Third Course – Delheim Wines Chenin Blanc Home Smoked Halibut and Lemon pepper caviar
Delheim Wines Chenin Blanc
Delheim Wines Chenin Blanc

Next up was the lesser known sister of the sole, smoked Halibut,smoked with wood chips,tea bags,lemon and orange rind the subtle oak and grapefruit notes of the Delheim Chenin brought out all the components Chef Scott used in the preparation of the fish. The Lemon Pepper Caviar was very clever idea too.

Fifth Course – Delheim Wines Shiraz A Duo of “The Grassy Grazers”
                                                            A Duo of “The Grassy Grazers”
Delheim Wines Shiraz
Delheim Wines Shiraz

Onto the very cleverly named Duo of “The Grassy Grazers” , a succulent herb crusted rack of Lamb and perfectly cooked Kudu medallion, with the smoothest Baba Ganoush, Pea pureé and Broccoli.The gentle Delheim Shiraz,was the best pairing for these delicate “Grassy Grazers”.

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Seventh Course – Delheim Wines Merlot A formidable Trio of Slow braised Short rib, Rabbit and Quail
                       A formidable Trio of Slow braised Short rib, Rabbit and Quail
Delheim Wines Merlot
Delheim Wines Merlot

Chef Scott’s best dish of the night a homage to “Slow Cooked Food”. The short Rib, cooked for 12 hours,was melting in your mouth,the molasses added a delicious caramelized taste. Having never tasted Rabbit, I was a bit apprehensive. The rabbit, slow cooked,crumbed and fried, taste a bit like chicken nuggets,not offensive at all :). The Quail was confit and cooked for 4 hours,very tasty indeed. The pickled Cabbage, worked perfectly with the Delhaim Merlot and the wine in turn all works with the Rib, Rabbit and Quail.

Seventh Course – Delheim WinesGewürztraminer A game of “Checkers” with Ginger snap and Smoked Cheese Froth
                      A game of “Checkers” with Ginger snap and Smoked Cheese Froth

Last up a very clever dessert indeed. A clever presentation of various elements combined to make up the Checkerboard. The citrus notes of the Delheim Gewürztraminer, brought out the various taste of each delicate square.

Delheim WinesGewürztraminer
                                                Delheim WinesGewürztraminer

So once again Dish and Chef Scott,get its right and Delheim Wines came to the party in more ways than one.

The Wine Diner for September takes place on the 25th of September and D’Aria Wines will be partnering Dish on the night. For more information contact Anine  on mpc@lefranschhoek.co.za.

For more pics of the night please click the link.

Le Franschhoek Album 1

Le Franschhoek Album 2

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