Landskroon Chenin Blancs 2016 & Sophia Lindop’s Fennel & Sumac Crusted Salmon Trout – 25.11.2016

chenin-blanc-dryLandskroon Chenin Blanc Dry 2016

Here are a couple of beauties from Landskroon Wine Estate on the south-western slopes of the Iconic Paarl

[Pearl] Mountain. The de Villiers family, whose ancestors arrived as French Huguenots, in Table Bay from La Rochelle in France on 6th May 1689, are now in their 5th generation of ownership with generation 6, Hugo, son of Paul 5, already looking after the family’s vineyards and labour issues.

chenin-blanc-off-dryLandskroon Chenin Blanc Off Dry 2016

Excellent makers of Port Style wines and producing some great reds, the do so well with their whites.  Paul de Villiers, Cellarmaster and winemaker Michiel du Toit treat the Chenin Blanc grapes to make both a dry wine and an off dry wine. The alcohols are the same in both wines, but the residual sugar varies from 1.8 grams per litre to 7.5 grams per litre.  The wines are exactly the same in terms of degrees Balling at the time of harvest, and the fermentation for the off dry is stopped earlier to allow a touch of residual sugar to remain in the wine to support the luscious fruit. Both wines are medium bodied, are ready to drink while young and fresh, need to be served chilled and are great wine by the glass a well as being good food companions.

chenin-blanc-christopheChenin Blanc ripening on the vine

They look like
Both packed under screw cap in Bordeaux shaped bottles.  In the glass, they are a pale golden straw colour with green flashes when held up to the light.

They smell like
All the classic Chenin whiffs guava, ripe white fleshed peaches and sweet tropical limes. Honey from the fynbos.

They taste like
The Dry is a medium bodied wine, crisp and fresh and perfect as a mid-morning refresher – nice aftertaste. The Off Dry, again medium bodied and lovely bright fruit on the palate finishing gently off-dry and a lovely lime squirt in the aftertaste.

fennel-sumac-crusted-salmon-troutSophia Lindop’s Fennel & Sumac Crusted Salmon Trout

They’re good with
Excellent as a glass on its own. Stunning with a butter roasted organic chicken, a full flavoured goats cheese vegetarian dish.  Sophia Lindop’s Fennel & Sumac Crusted Salmon Trout from her latest book Spices, Flavours & Traditions which was published this week by Jacana Media.

sophia-with-spicesSophia Lindop and her new book, Spices

Fennel & Sumac Crusted Salmon Trout

Serves 4 to 6

1 cup panko breadcrumbs
4 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
1 tsp fennel seeds
2 tsp sumac
rind of 2 lemons, finely grated
30 g flat-leaf parsley, destalked and finely chopped
30 g French chives, finely chopped
sea salt and freshly milled black pepper to season
100 g butter, melted
1 tbsp olive oil
1 side (about 500 g) of salmon trout, skin on
1 tbsp creamed horseradish sauce

Preheat oven to 220° C.
Mix the breadcrumbs, garlic, fennel seeds, sumac, lemon rind, parsley, chives, salt and pepper with the butter.
Place a sheet of baking paper on an oven tray and drizzle with the olive oil. Place the salmon, skin side down, on the paper and pat the top dry with paper towel. Spread the horseradish sauce over the top and press the spiced breadcrumb mixture over the top to coat.
Place the salmon in the oven for 15 minutes or until just cooked through.
Allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving with oven-roasted potatoes and a green salad.

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