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Diverse white wines from classic Bordeaux-style elegance to unusual blends from pockets of gnarled vines in the Swartland and Franschhoek take centre stage at Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate on Friday, 23 September for their monthly Wine & Dine Collaboration.
Teaming up with David & Nadia, Constantia Uitsig and Oak Valley Wines, Grande Provence cellarmaster Matthew van Heerden and Executive Chef Darren Badenhorst have put together a superb pairing menu to showcase the finesse of each signature blend.
The evening at The Restaurant at Grande Provence starts off with David & Nadia Aristargos 2015. This melange of interesting white varieties from old Swartland vines will work its magic with local tuna tartar, spiced guacamole, burnt tomato crème, caviar, confit potato croquette and toasted black sesame truffle.
For the Oak Valley Mountain Reserve 2011, a true Bordeaux-style classic, Chef Darren has conjured up an asparagus garden of smoked pea arancini, truffled gem cannelloni, pea sprout salad and pickled wild mushrooms.
The flagship, The Grande Provence White 2014, an aromatic blend of Chenin Blanc and Viognier from some of the oldest Franschhoek vines, will be served with salted and baked local hake, celeriac and summer apple remoulade, baby fennel and rainbow beets.
The Constantia Uitsig Natura Vista 2014, utter Bordeaux-style elegance, is the perfect end to the meal with Chef Darren’s signature “apple tarte tatin meets waldorf”. Think crystallised walnuts, baked all spice apple, frozen mousse, citrus and celery, with a salted caramel glaze.
With the event taking place on a Friday, why not make a weekend of it and take advantage of the Grande Provence Heartland Offer, which comes to an end this month. The Heartland Offer provides exclusive winter rates for the Owner’s Cottage as well as La Provençale Villa in the Vineyard for group bookings.
The White Blends Wine & Dine Collaboration dinner takes place at The Restaurant at Grande Provence at 19h00.
To book your seat at R695 per person, call 021 876 8600 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Guests can purchase a mixed case of 12 wines from the participating wineries at a special rate on the evening. For more information on The Heartland Offer accommodation package visit www.grandeprovence.co.za or email@example.com.
Grande Provence Wine & Dine Collaboration Calendar
23 September – White Blends (David & Nadia, Constantia Uitsig and Oak Valley Wines)
28 October – Sauvignon Blanc (Lismore Estate Vineyards, Fryers Cove Vineyards and Shannon Vineyards)
2 December – “A Sparkling Affair” (Méthode Cap Classique and Champagne Dinner)
More about Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate
Located in Franschhoek, the heartland of South African wine country, Grande Provence embraces true South African wine heritage, excellent food at The Restaurant and luxury accommodation at The Owner’s Cottage and La Provençale Villa in the Vineyard. Part of The Huka Retreats, Grande Provence also offers guests The Winery, The Jonkershuis, The Gallery, The Sculpture Garden and The Shop. For more information visit www.grandeprovence.co.za,Facebook.com or Twitter @grande_provence.