Time for a trip to Franschhoek. This beautiful town deep in the Winelands is known as the food and wine capital of South Africa (more of that later). And the drive there offers all sorts of possibilities for lunch stops with so many vineyards and restaurants to choose from. My advice – don’t plan, just check out the signs on the road and pull off when you think you like the look of something…which is how we ended up at Rupert & Rothschild today.
The Rupert & Rothschild (R&R) partnership was formed in 1997 by the late Dr Anton Rupert and the late Baron Edmond de Rothschild of France. Since then the R&R family partnership has flourished and their historic farm at the foot of the Simonsberg mountains produces lovely wines to savour. We know and love the Classique which is a classic Bordeaux blend and were keen to taste some more.
Sparkling wine glasses just waiting for the tasting are all set up along the welcoming bar.
While we were pondering our tasting options, we were told of a new food and wine pairing menu that had just been introduced to R&R. There we go…lunch. So we settled down on the lovely verandah to taste to our heart’s content.
So this beautiful tasting menu is R135 (about £7.70 at today’s exchange rate). You get three R&R wines and three dishes paired with them.
The Baroness Nadine, which is a zesty, flinty Chardonnay, is paired with Artisan smoked butter-roast hake, pan fried gnocchi, pea veloute and bacon crumble. Beautiful fish, amazing crispy gnocchi and a sauce that makes you want to lick the bowl!
Next up, with the Classique is crispy pasture-reared pork belly, confit squash and fennel gratin. The softest of pork with an amazing vegetable combo.
And finally, with their amazing Baron Edmond, grass fed beef braised in R&R Baron Edmond, root vegetable puree, glazed baby onion, crispy shallots. The sweetness of the squash, the richness of the beef and the different textures made for a wonderful taste sensation. And their Baron Edmond is superb, a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.
And here’s the wonderful trio of wines that we enjoyed.
There’s also a fabulous-sounding Champagne and oyster tasting for R160 (just over £9 at today’s exchange), which is only available on Saturdays. Now that could be the best way to spend a Saturday afternoon soon! I’ll be back…
Rupert & Rothschild is just off the R45 on the way from Cape Town to Franschhoek