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South African Chapter for the Commanderie de Bordeaux

On Wednesday, 24 August at a black tie event hosted by La Motte Estate, the 79th Chapter of the Commanderie de Bordeaux was established. The event started of with a wine tasting of 22 Bordeaux Wines that were brought to South Africa as a gift from the Grand Counseil du Vin de Bordeaux. The tasting was conducted in the barrel cellar at La Motte to celebrate the establishment of the South African Chapter of the Commanderie de Bordeaux.

The South African Chapter is the third chapter to be established in Africa. There are roughly 5000 representatives for the Commanderie de Bordeaux around the world including the 32 South Africa Commandeurs who were inducted at the event.

The induction list of Dame Commandeurs and Commandeurs included the following people:

1. Hanneli Rupert-Koegelenberg
2. Tinus van Niekerk
3. Etienne le Riche
4. Johan Malan
5. Christine Rudman
6. Razvan Macici
7. Tariro Masayati
8. Debbie Thompson
9. Johan Joubert
10. Neil Ellis
11. Fiona McDonald
12. André van Rensburg
13. Pieter Ferreira
14. Anthony Hamilton-Russel
15. Anne Cointreau
16. Hein Koegelenberg
17. Duimpie Bayly
18. Johan Krige
19. Marilyn Cooper
20. Jean Engelbrecht
21. Jan Coetzee
22. Caroline Rillema
23. Danie de Wet
24. Ray Edwards
25. Jeanri-Tine van Zyl
26. Fortunato Mazzone
27. Carrie Adams
28. Melvyn Minnaar
29. Susan Huxter
30. Neil Pendock

And the two Conseillers d’Honneur:

31. Günter Brözel
32. Emmanuel Cruse

The Induction of the First Commandeurs was followed by an elegant five course meal prepared by Pierneef á La Motte chef Chris Erasmus. The dishes were perfectly matched to the imported wines.

Five of the 22 Bordeaux wines we tasted were:

1. Château Latour-Martillac 2006 – Graves
2. Clos De l’Oratoire 2004 – Grand Crus Saint-Émilion
3. Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2000 – Second Growth Pauillac
4. Château Figeac 2001 – Premier Grand Cru Classé Saint-Émilion
5. Château Rieussec 2003 – Premier Cru Classé Sauternes

This article was first published on WINE.CO.ZA, please click here to see the original article.

Pierneef a La Motte’s Chris Erasmus dishes at the Taste of Cape Town

Chris Erasmus chats about what inspired his menu at the Taste of Cape Town

During a quick break at the extremely popular Pierneef a La Motte stand at the festival, the surprisingly relaxed Executive Chef outlined his selection of dishes:

Cape bokkom salad, dried apricots, almonds and wild garlic dressing
Chris Erasmus explained the interesting combination of the above flavours as a play on the traditional South African favourite snoek and apricot jam dish. Erasmus noted that the South African pallet favours the combination of either sweet and salt or sweet and sour tastes.

Lacquered pickled, smoked lamb’s rib, pickled tongue, dried pear dumplings and verjuice poached pear
Erasmus detailed this dish as a very old traditional recipe of which there are only traces of people still preparing it. The dish is similar to the Namibian Kliprib where two heated rocks are placed above and below the lamb rib to facilitate the cooking thereof.

Milk tart milkshake
Erasmus’s description of this dish was simply that it was a fun twist to a traditional recipe.

On his inspiration for the above dishes (and his menu at the restaurant) Erasmus said that he chooses to focus on simpler food which is organic, seasonal and a step back to more traditional European cuisine. Erasmus cited the 1658 book “The sensible cook” as part of the inspiration for his style of cooking. Erasmus also deems new vintages of La Motte wines as the key ingredient to his culinary creations.

This article was first published on WINE.CO.ZA, please click here to see the original article.

Tasting Cape Town

I was fortunate enough to attend the Taste of Cape Town festival this weekend and as always it was quite the treat.

I took the guided sensory tour through the Johnnie Walker Whisky Theatre where I learnt that whisky tasting is much the same as wine tasting (except you need to be careful when sniffing the whisky so as not to inhale).

I was also able to taste the newly released Bernini Blush before getting down to the serious business of food and wine tasting.

My first stop on the gastronomic route was at Pierneef a La Motte’s stand where I tried both the Cape Bokkom Salad and the Smoked Lamb’s Rib which I paired with the La Motte Cabernet Sauvignon 2008.

Next followed the Mustard marinated Beef Fillet at Planet Restaurant which was paired with Hermanuspietersfontein’s Klein Bartho 2007 Bordeaux Blend.

Savour Restaurant’s stand followed where I tried both the Norwegian Salmon and Slow-roasted Springbok Loin. I paired the salmon dish with Pieter Falke’s Blanc de Noir and the springbok with the newly released Mont Rochelle Shiraz 2006.

I then went on to try some more exotic dishes from Taj Cape Town (Spicy Chicken Fingers), Simply Asia (Duck Spring Rolls) and Wang Thai (Butternut Chicken). I paired the lot with De Wetshof’s Finesse / Lesca Chardonnay 2009.

All in all it was a wonderful experience which I would most definitely recommend you visit next year.

This article was first published as a blog post on WINE.CO.ZA, please click here to see the original article.