Monday, March 24, 2014

Vrede en Lust white wines and Lust Bistro & Bakery

We attended an interesting  tasting of all the white wines from this lovely farm at the edge of Franschhoek last Thursday. It was accompanied by a really delicious lunch in Lust, their restaurant. Not only did chef JP Smith cook great food, but we discovered that he is a master baker and the bread he produces is quite superb. We were lucky enough to be given a loaf to bring home and are now sad that they are so far away for when we want more. Next time you are passing, go and taste the excellent wines and the food and buy some bread to take home

Our welcome drink was a glass of their Jess 2012 Rosé
The very large tasting room had a huge table laid out for the tasting
The first six for tasting. We particularly liked the 2012 Kogelberg Chenin Blanc full of honey lemons and citrus peel with a wonderful mouthfeel and long end. The Artisan CCV (Chardonnay,Chenin, Viognier) sweet melon and citrus with woody vanillins, is very well integrated and has hints of truffle. Our favourite wine was the 2012 Barrique which has nice wood smoke and stewed pears on the nose, with a silky mouthful of limes lemons and quince. We predict awards and lots of restaurants taking this good food wine
Winemaker Susan Erasmus talks about the wines
Etienne Buys, Partner, Viticulturalist and General Manager of Vrede and Lust (with his brother, farm owner Dana Buys)
There were visitors tasting in the lounge area
Susan Erasmus and Public Relations consultant Nicolette Waterford
who owns Waterford Communications
Journalist Norman McFarlane gets to grips with his notes
The pizza oven in Lust restaurant
Two of the bakers: Tyrone Erasmus and Dave Papina
Executive Chef JP Smith
The menu
A surprise amuse: Eggs Benedict with a lovely thick Hollandaise sauce
The starter of watermelon, mango, pomegranate and goats cheese  was very refreshing
A small but perfectly formed Fior de latte mozzarella margarita pizza for everyone
John's Gnocchi with asparagus, peas and gorgonzola
Everyone else had wild mushrooms added
Dessert was a roasted peach on top of an unusual pink peppercorn brioche with Syrah ice cream

Oliver Herman's Shuttle Connexion was hired to take us there and bring us back safely and in comfort - so important when we visit a farm to taste their wines
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2014

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