Sutherland – stars in Prince Albert

The Culinary Hall at African Relish Cookery School
Prince Albert

One of the wine brands Sarah Graham and I were so happy to take with us to the African Relish Cookery School in Prince Albert when we presented a Food and Wine Workshop there a while back was the Sutherland, a brand from the famous Thelema Winery in Stellenbosch, though the grapes used for the Sutherland Wines come from Elgin – a real cool climate wine growing region.  Cool in terms of temperature and fashion!

Sutherland Riesling

Riesling is one of my most favourite white wine grapes and I just love its wonderful mouth filling acidity and fabulous flavours which make it a perfect wine which will tackle almost any dish.  It has the most delicious full sappy ripe winter melon flavours with a smart undertow of minerals.  It is always fresh and vibrant and the aftertaste remains on your palate for a long long time.  It is aromatic and fruity, unoaked and dry and just gets better with age.  We found it went well with a number of vegetable dishes we prepared, in particular a dish of Zucchine in Agrodolce [click here for the recipe] a delicious sweet and sour Sicilian styled dish which I created for the African Relish Food and Wine Workshop.

Zucchine in Agrodolce

Sarah came up with a colour- and flavourful dish, a tomato Tarte Tatin with goats cheese.  Stephanie Tatin would have been thrilled – she and her sister Caroline owned the Hotel Tatin in Lamotte-Beuvron, France.

Tomato & Goat’s Cheese Tarte Tatin

It was she who almost burned the apples for a pie, so she put the crust on top, baked it and put it on a plate, pastry side down and created a dish remembered and used and varied more than a hundred years after her death.  The lovely full sweet mouthfilling flavours of the roasted tomato and the goat’s cheese were the perfect partners for the Sutherland Pinot Noir.

Sutherland Pinot Noir

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September 24th, 2013|Categories: Michael's Writings|Tags: |