For our last installment of our Capetown Idle Cellars wine dinner series things got real fancy. The night started off with a bottle of the Steenberg “methode cap classique” sparkling Chardonnay. After a few bottles we moved onto the first course; an ostrich tartare. This consisted of a layer of ostrich filet, a layer of salsa verde and quail egg on top. It was garnished with garlic confit, olive oil, a balsamic reduction sauce and capers. We paired this with a 2009 Idle Cellars Grenache.
The main course was a barbecued chicken Peri-Peri with a Moroccan salad. The salad was a mix of basmati rice, chicken stock, black olives, cherry tomatoes and parsley. The Peri-Peri chicken was cooked indirectly and rubbed with a home made Peri-Peri rub. The rub was olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, Mozambiquan birds-eye chillies, paprika, cumin, salt and a splash of brandy. It was butterflied long ways and barbecued on an electric spit for about an hour and half. We paired it with one of the last bottles of 2006 Idle Cellars Cab. The spicy chicken cut through the dark fruit forward cab. The acids in both the wine and the chicken paired perfectly together.
Desert was a homemade mango ice cream pecan crumble topped with berri coulis. We opened a bottle of Klein Constantia “Vin de Constance”, a delicious South African natural sweet wine and polished off a few bottles of Chenin Blanc.
It was a beautiful warm night during summertime in South Africa. We drank, we smoked and we ate amazing well put together dishes at home with friends. It was the perfect dinner party filled with many Idle Moments. Cheers to a great vacation in Capetown 2013 and thanks to our friends for taking such good care of us. Cheers.