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.
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.
WINE MAKERS PAIRING
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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R310 Baden Powell Drive,
Tel : +27 (0) 21 881 3870
Written for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Sharon Moodley