A few months back I enjoyed a day discovering Stellenbosch all on my own… “Solo Stellenbosch” if you will. And one of the interesting stops I made during my adventures was at Fleur du Cap wine estate.
Here I was to try one of the most unusual wine pairings I’ve ever heard of… Yes, there are the more traditional chocolate and wine pairings or cheese and wine pairings even pancake and wine and pizza and wine pairings have been known to make an appearance at various wine farms but have you ever heard of a salt and wine pairing? No, neither had I!
After a tour of the various wine making facilities on the farm, including the historical, and beautiful “Bergkelder” (literally a “cellar on the mountain”), it was time to enjoy this totally unique pairing…
Combining Fleur de Cap wines and artisanal salt from around the world, I was treated to 5 savoury snacks (some even served on a slab of salt!) featuring the various types of salt and these were paired with Fleur du Cap’s award-winning Unfiltered range of wines.
Did you know that there are at least 161 different types of salt?
The whole idea behind this unique wine pairing menu was inspired by Chef Craig Cormack. So fascinated is he with this commodity that he has spearheaded this unique salt tasting experience and aims to build up a collection of salts from all over the world (he currently has 68 different types). Some of the salts used in the tasting include the Hawaiian Red Alea, the Persian Blue, Black Lava, Kala Nomak from India, Peruvian Salt and local favourites Khoisan and Oryx Salt.
Each dish is designed for a specific flavour and taste, to fit a flavour profile and pair with one of the wines from the Unfiltered range and the richly layered wines perfectly complement the saltiness of the food.
My favourite pairing? The sulphuric volcanic salt-infused wild rice wrapped in vine leaves and paired with a sauvignon blanc.
If you’re a foodie looking for a new taste experience, a wino keen to expand your horizons or just a regular person who likes eating, drinking and trying new experiences, then make a plan to sample this world-exclusive wine and food pairing!
Contact Die Bergkelder, Fleur du Cap
Available daily at noon. Booking essential.
Address: Corner R44 (Adam Tas Road) and George Blake Street, Stellenbosch
Tel: Nadia Ferreira on 021 809 8025
Images: Kathryn Rossiter