Thursday, June 12, 2014

140613 Main Ingredient's MENU - Old Mutual Trophy tasting, Devonvale Saturday Lunch, Hartenberg Shiraz & Charcuterie, Cabrière 20th Anniversary of Pinot Chardonnay, Haskell Wines tasting, Carmien Rooibos lunch, Butternut soup

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In this week’s MENU:
* Old Mutual Trophy public tasting
* Saturday Lunch at Devonvale
* Shiraz and Charcuterie at Hartenberg
*Cabrière celebrates the 20th Anniversary of their Pinot Chardonnay blend
* Haskell Wines tasting and lunch
* Carmien Rooibos tea with lunch in Banks new shop by Nic van Wyk
* Creamy Butternut Soup
This week’s Product menu – Two items in our inventory which have always been popular with our customers are Squid ink and leaf gelatine. This is a great time for risottos and pasta (if you are not following the prescripts of Messrs Banting and Noakes) and squid ink lets you make them black. Leaf gelatine gives a much smoother, softer jelly than the granular variety – wonderful for dishes like panna cotta and Lynne uses it to make the raspberry and chardonnay jelly our guests love ... See them here.
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Friday Old Mutual Trophy public tasting at CTICC     At last, a chance to taste the winning wines (and several others) that we have heard about over the last few weeks. The judges are right, South African wine continues to improve and reach higher and higher standards. There were some knockout examples. At a large tasting like this, we aim to taste as many trophy wines as possible and then fit in others. We find that this competition really does seem to drive quality, progress and innovation in the industry.
The fairly controversial wine that won the Trophy for the Best Shiraz and the best red wine overall, Mount Sutherland Syrah from the Sneeuwberg mountains, was very interesting. We didn’t find it to be an in your face fruit bomb; it is much more restrained, elegant and tight with some tannins, but you can see the potential and why it scored 96 points. Saronsberg also scored 96 points and a gold medal for their elegant and structured Provenance Shiraz 2012 and this is ready to be enjoyed now.
The Chardonnays we tasted were exemplary, especially Trophy winner and best white wine on Show, Mulderbosch 2013. Richness and freshness is what winemaker Adam Mason says he wants – he has achieved it. Museum Class trophy winner Chamonix Reserve 2008 really charmed us with its crisp acidity holding onto the lovely layers of golden fruit. And gold medallist Iona 2013 might just have to be put into our cellar soon. The Discovery of the Show, Baleia Bay Chardonnay 2013, is there already.
We could cover pages with recommendations for many, many more of these wines. If you see a wine with one of these awards and you can afford it, buy a bottle to try and then buy some more if you like it. One you won’t be able to find is the KWV 1930 LBV Muscadel, which won a gold medal in the museum class. What an extraordinary wine and how fortunate we were to get some in our glass, so thick and syrupy, so balsamic and yet still a joy to taste. Why do we ignore, neglect and not appreciate our superb sweet wines and port? They are some of the best jewels in our wine varietals. MORE...
Saturday Lunch at Devonvale     Devonvale Golf Club is in the Bottelary Hills. It has a lodge, a restaurant and it also has its own wines. We received an invitation from the owners, the Provoyeurs, to visit and taste the wines and have their very good value three course lunch for R130 (till September). So we set out last Saturday, as we were already going to Hartenberg for the Shiraz and Charcuterie festival MORE...
Shiraz and Charcuterie at Hartenberg     South African Shiraz is going through a fantastic period of growth and massive improvement and it is being recognised here and abroad. So we love being invited to taste a great selection of them. Hartenberg hold this festival once a year and they invite local farms to showcase their impressive Shirazes. The rain we’d had nearly all week the week stopped, the sky cleared and the sun shone all afternoon as we and many other Shiraz fans milled around the terrace tasting Shiraz under the pergola and in front of the wine cellar. There were several stands selling charcuterie, good bread and some cheese as well so there was plenty of choice for lunch or something great to take home. MORE...
Cabrière celebrates the 20th Anniversary of their Pinot Chardonnay blend     This is one of the best selling wines bought by the public and it is on very many restaurant wine lists. It is amazing to think that it has been around for 20 years. On Sunday we were invited to come and celebrate with a lunch in the Cabrière restaurant with the Von Arnim family and all the people invited were generously allowed to bring their families so we had many children, all very well behaved. Chef Ryan Shell produced a lovely informal lunch which lasted until 5 when we all scattered home as the next winter storm and cold front was about to arrive MORE...
Haskell Wines tasting and lunch     Where nicer than a wine farm to taste wine? How about the owner’s well appointed house, high up the hill in Fresnaye. It has the most beautiful views of Table Bay and Robben Island and we were able to taste the wines in the magnificent wine cellar and then have a great ‘serve yourself’ informal lunch upstairs. These wines are really superb. First 3 chardonnays from 3 vintages. All clean crisp and elegant, but each with a completely different personality. Anvil 10 has reached maturity and was a small vintage. It’s got melons and citrus with a light wood richness and good minerality on the end made it Lynne’s favourite of the 3. Anvil 2011 has wood smoke with citrus below on the nose. Clean fruit and nice crisp acidity with long flavours of lemon make it quite French in character. Anvil 2012 also has wood smoke and shy fruit on the nose but on the palate is an elegant food wine full of clean clear flavours of lemons and limes.
Then three Shirazes from completely different vineyards and soils. All have complex layered fruit and lots of spice. Aeon 2011 shows elegance and long lingering chalk spice and fruit. Pillars 2011, the vineyard at the gate of the farm, is being grown half biodynamically and half organically, as it is so apart from the other vines. It will be very interesting to see if any differences show. It’s all smoke and spice with a rich mouthfeel, with good acids to give grip and spicy sour cherries and rhubarb delight. Then the Hades 2014 – a barrel sample taken the day before, just to show how it is developing, and we predict a wine well worth drinking. It was remarkable for such a young wine.
Then the Haskell II 2010 Shiraz Cab Blend. Cassis, black cherries and violets bring elegance with vanilla ice cream and warm spice. Silky smooth, nice chalky tannins make it extremely drinkable. The Haskell IV 2009 is their flagship Bordeaux blend and is full of Rumtopf berry flavour, rich and spicy on the nose. The fruit is still maturing and the tannins still speaking, so it is one to put away for a while. MORE...
Carmien Rooibos tea with lunch in Banks new shop by Nic van Wyk     Now many of you will know that we are not great fans of Rooibos “tea”. So what were we doing accepting an invitation to lunch matched with Rooibos? The draw card was, we must admit, food cooked by Chef Nic van Wyk and we like challenging ourselves every now and then and trying things we think we don’t like. It was a very interesting experiment and we admit that the “teas” were more pleasant to drink than we had imagined. And they certainly went very well with the food. It was held in the new Banks shop in the Checkers Centre in Sea Point on the day it opened. Creation were also there with their excellent wines and many people were enjoying them. MORE...
Congratulations to Philip Costandius on his new appointment as General Manager of Oldenburg wines in Stellenbosch. It’s a beautiful farm and he joins a great team.
This week’s recipe is a creamy Butternut Soup     We have had some really good versions of this recently and Lynne wanted to see if she could come up with a good recipe, following the Banting diet. We cook our butternut in the microwave because, with no water involved, it produces the very best flavours this vegetable has to offer with no dilution. And you don’t have to peel the butternut. You can boil it but make sure you strain it very well or the soup will be watery.
1 butternut approx 1.5 kilos – 500ml of good chicken stock – 30 ml butter - 250 ml of cream – sea salt and freshly ground black pepper – a good grating of nutmeg
Take a sharp knife and make several punctures deep into the butternut. Put it into a deep glass ovenproof bowl. Microwave on high power for 8 minutes. Turn it over. Keep doing this until it is completely soft. Let it cool and you will find it easy to remove all the skin. Cut in half and scoop out the pips. Put the butternut into a large pot and add the stock and the butter. Cook together for about 10 minutes to blend the flavours then take a stick blender and blend till smooth. Stir in the cream and blend again. If it is too thick add a little more stock. Taste and adjust the seasoning, adding the nutmeg or another spice of your choice. You want a really smooth velouté texture for the soup so blend until you have this. This is much thicker if you leave this in the fridge overnight and then reheat and serve. You could add another swirl of cream when serving. We sprinkled with a little hot chilli pepper or cayenne but you could sprinkle with some soft fresh herb leaves like thyme or sage. Serves 4.
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There is a huge and rapidly growing variety of interesting things to occupy your leisure time here in the Western Cape. There are so many interesting things to do in our world of food and wine that we have made separate list for each month for which we have information. To see what’s happening in our world of food and wine (and a few other cultural events), visit our Events Calendar. All the events are listed in date order and we already have a large number of exciting events to entertain you right through the year. Events outside the Western Cape are listed here.
Learn about wine and cooking We receive a lot of enquiries from people who want to learn more about wine. Cathy Marston and The Cape Wine Academy both run wine education courses, some very serious and others more geared to fun. You can see details of Cathy’s WSET and other courses here and here and the CWA courses here. Karen Glanfield has taken over the UnWined wine appreciation courses from Cathy. See the details here
Chez Gourmet in Claremont has a programme of cooking classes. A calendar of their classes can be seen here. Nadège Lepoittevin-Dasse has cooking classes in Fish Hoek and conducts cooking tours to Normandy. You can see more details here. Emma Freddi runs the Enrica Rocca cooking courses at her home in Constantia. Brett Nussey’s Stir Crazy courses are now being run from Dish Food and Social’s premises in Main Road Observatory (opposite Groote Schuur hospital). Lynn Angel runs the Kitchen Angel cooking school and does private dinners at her home. She holds hands-on cooking classes for small groups on Monday and Thursday evenings and she has decided to introduce LCHF (Banting classes). The Kitchen Confidence classes, which focus on essential cooking skills and methods, have been expanded and are now taught over 2 evenings. She continues to host private dining and culinary team building events at her home. She trained with Raymond Blanc, and has been a professional chef for 25 years. More info here

13th June 2014
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