Mondiall KWV The Mentors Dinner
In celebration of 100 years of KWV, I was invited to a Mondiall KWV evening to taste the KWV The Mentors range of wines, paired with delicious dishes from Mondiall. I really wasn’t sure what to expect as it was my first time eating at Mondiall, but I can honestly say I was blown away by the excellent service and phenomenal food.
Bearing in mind Chef Nadeem is a teetotaller, I was amazed how on-point his flavour pairings complemented the wines. I was also lucky enough to be seated next to Yzelle, the winemaker of The Mentors range at KWV, a bubbly and knowledgeable lady with a lot of passion for making truly excellent wines.
The Mentors is KWV’s premium boutique range that was set up in 2006 as an experimental cellar. The result is excellent wines that showcase the diversity of terroir and climates in South Africa.
Easing My Way Into Excess
We started the evening with the 2014 Sauvignon Blanc from Elim, which had notes of gooseberries, asparagus, and a floral aroma. The wine’s acidity cut through the creaminess of the earthy Goat’s Cheese Mousse on a crispy brioche. The combination worked well together in terms of flavours and textures. The bite-sized portions were also the perfect little starter for the evening of excess that awaited.
My favourite dish of the night was the unforgettable Crème Marinière Dijon Mussels. I’m well acquainted with the classic French Moules Marinière recipe of cream, garlic and parsley. But I adored Mondiall’s innovative Dijon Mustard, Lemongrass, Ginger and Baby Fennel sauce. I thoroughly enjoyed dipping my garlic bread in the incredible lemongrass-flavoured sauce and would definitely have had more if I could have. The mussels were beautifully paired with the sweet and fruity 2014 Chenin Blanc from Paarl.
5 Spice Sticky Duck
Continuing on the Asian-inspired route, the next course was 5 Spice Sticky Duck with Sesame Oil, Apricot and Dates, which was tenderly cooked to perfection. The duck was paired with the 2014 Pinotage, which is quite a fruity introductory wine. Honestly, it was my top choice of the evening. The dark fruits make it so drinkable! I could imagine enjoying it with many dishes.
As a palate cleanser, we tasted a cucumber and lime sorbet served in a margarita glass with a salted rim for extra flair. Thankfully it was a particularly warm winter’s evening, so I actually appreciated the refreshing drink.
Lamb Shank and Shiraz
The main course was a Mediterranean-inspired Slow Roast Lamb Shank cooked in a Shiraz and Tomato sauce with creamy mashed potato and vegetables. The lamb was just how I like it: tender and juicy. It simply fell off the bone into the rich wine sauce.
The meat was paired with the 2012 Shiraz from Paarl, a uniquely spicy and fruity blend that spends 18 months in barrel to add a particular smokiness. A lovely wine, full of character, and it would probably complement any red meat.
The Prequel and Pudding
As always, I had been looking forward to dessert and it certainly did not let me down. First, as a tantalising prequel, we had Malva Pudding Truffles with a tiny sliver of strawberry. They were absolutely divine.
Then, the main show was a beautiful White Chocolate Fondant with a lovely, gooey centre accompanied by vanilla ice cream and a citrus gooseberry sauce.
I’m really not a dessert wine fan as it usually just tastes like drinking raw honey to me, so unsurprisingly I found the 2013 Noble Late Harvest far too sweet and chose to savour my pudding instead.
Never Too Full for Cheese
Just when I was almost full to the brim, they brought out the most stunning cheese board the size of a small table. The masterpiece was adorned with blues, bries, soft goat’s cheeses rolled in black pepper, green fig preserve, and homemade crackers. And, as you might have guessed, I love a good cheese platter. So to end off the evening, I enjoyed another glass of the delicious Pinotage and tucked into the excellent selection of local cheeses.
Overall I was really impressed with the whole Mondiall KWV dinner! Mondiall really served up some wonderful and creative dishes. That being said, it takes great wine to complete a great meal and I certainly raise my glass to the innovative wines KWV The Mentors are striving to create.
Mondiall Kitchen & Bar
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KWV The Mentors
Article Date: August 2018
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