Last night the 7th Heaven dinner on the 7th Floor of the Innovation Centre, Black River Park courtesy of Accolade Wines, fifth biggest wine company in the world and owners of local brands Flagstone, Kumala and Fish Hoek.
Chef for the night was Pete Goffe-Wood of MasterChef fame and Accolade chief winemaker Bruce Jack invited some of his mates to show their wine so it was Francis Pratt’s The Berrio The Weather Girl 2009 and Jack’s Flagstone Treaty Tree Reserve 2010 with smoked crayfish, Howard Booysen Riesling 2011 with pickled yellowtail, Sebastian Beaumont’s Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc 2011 with lentil Bunny Chow, Chris Keet’s Keets First Verse 2009 with duck terrine, Niels Verburg’s Luddite Shiraz 2007 with smoked pork belly, Adi Badenhorst’s Red Blend 2009 with Springbok loin and samp and Jack’s Flagstone Time Manner Place Pinotage 2010 with roast rib eye and short rib croquette.
Cooking that was confidently South African (as opposed to derivative of Europe or anywhere else) and some inspired food and wine matches. Goffe-Wood set the standard high with his first dish, the crayfish, which came with a fennel and rocket salad, bisque dressing, working well with the two Sauvignon Blanc Semillon blends – Treaty Tree Reserve White 2010 has won just about every award it could so a treat to taste it.
Other stand-out wines were theHope Marguerite Chenin Blanc, the 2011 shaping up as truly excellent and the Badenhorst Red Blend 2010 (66% Shiraz, 16% Mourvèdre, 14% Grenache and 4% Cinsault) about as non-conformist as the man who makes it – quote of the night being Badenhorst on why the wine was not treated with new oak: “The Lord Jesus has yet to bless us with cash flow”.