Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Salmon & kabeljou at Scansa and Three Streams trade day at Durbanville Hills

This trade tasting was held at Durbanville Hills magnificent cellars in their conference facilities
Welcomed by Joint owner/CEO Gregory Stubbs, who explained in detail the structure of the company and how they work. We learnt a great deal about fish farming and the industry as a whole and its future. It was very interesting.  We also had a full run through of all the products they produce.
We then proceeded to the Restaurant for a tasting of their products matched to Durbanville Hills wines
The menu
From the left, delicious moist and well flavoured smoked salmon from Norway (our favourite), Gravadlax (needs a little more dill and sugar) and hot smoked salmon topped with peppercorns.  They all went well with the three Durbanville Hills wines:  2013 Sauvignon Bland, 2013 Merlot Rosé and 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon.  However the wine that matched all the fish best was the Rhinofields 2011 Chardonnay,
Two portions of their new product, farmed kabeljou. A portion that was plain and grilled and a portion served with sweetcorn salsa, & tabouleh  salad.  We found the fish a little dry and wondered if it had been under a heat lamp.  All the fish served would have been better with a little lemon and we did get ask for and were brought some with the cob.  A Hollandaise sauce might also have showcased it better. That is how we would serve it at home.
The views are fantastic from the restaurant
Table Mountain across the bay on a very hot day
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© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2014
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