Stellenbosch Vineyards Food & Wine Pairing

Driving along Baden Powell always invokes a sense of nostalgia in me having lived along the KZN South Coast.


However on this day the 09 September 2017 we were on our way to Stellenbosch Vineyards for the adventure of wine tasting paired with sumptuous meals.


Thanks to JAR Photography we were invited to enjoy the Winemakers lunch surrounded by beauty in all its splendor at Swirl Restaurant.



Upon arrival we were greeted by a host of wine tasters enjoying a glass or two. Our table was aptly chosen to enjoy the view of the garden, a bit of sunshine and a view of the entire restaurant.


Our “Sommelier” (Wine Steward) couldn’t wait for us to settle down so he could talk us through the wine pairing. He was well versed and knew his wine.



Infiniti MCC

Credo Chardonnay – 2016

Prawn skewer – Ginger & lime with citrus aioli


Credo Chenin – 2015

Tikka Chicken Masala Mild curry with basmati rice


Credo Shiraz and SMV – 2015

Duo Lamb rack

Parmesan herb crusted & Pepper crusted with sweet potato puree


Credo Pinotage Reserve – 2015

Ostrich steak Berry coulis & braised cabbage


Infiniti Noble late harvest – 2012

Lemon crème brulee


R395 per person

First up we had Credo Chardonnay 2016 paired with prawn skewers in ginger and citrus sauce. “Taste the Chardonnay, have a bite and taste again” said our Sommelier.

This was followed by Credo Chenin Blanc 2015 paired with Chicken Tikka masala mild curry served with basmati rice. We agreed this was a great combination and a lot softer on the palate.

Thirdly on the menu was Credo Shiraz & SMV 2015 paired with duo lamb rack Parmesan herb and pepper crusted with sweet potato purée. A winner for me as it was the perfect relationship!


Ostrich steak with berry could and braised cabbage was coupled with Credo Pinotsge Reserve 2015. The two undoubtedly went hand in hand.

Lastly to sum up the lunch we were treated to Lemon Creme Brûlée paired with Infiniti Noble Late Harvest 2012. The sweetness in both the wine and dessert was a great way to tone down the tastebuds.


Chef Edwina and her team are a huge asset to the Swirl Team all her dishes are amazing.

Our Sommelier contributed largely to the magnificent lunch as he spent the required time with us to share his knowledge. As a result we walked away with 5 bottles of wine from Stellenbosch Vineyard. A first for me. I am loving the wine tasting adventure however love the pairing even more, a new found hobby.

I particularly enjoyed this lunch at Stellenbosch Vineyard and Swirl Restaurant , we will definitely be back.

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Please contact

Stellenbosch Vineyards

Welmoed Estate,

R310 Baden Powell Drive,



Tel : +27 (0) 21 881 3870



Written for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Sharon Moodley

Photography for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Jason “Dubbz” Petersen


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