South Africa is a country of delicacies and different variations. Whether meat, fish, vegan, with fruit - the selection is gigantic and is usually seasoned with coriander, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and chili. Most of the time it fits Chardonnay or a Sauvignon Blanc in addition. Whether the meal should be hearty or a little mild, a good drink should not be missing. Here we will show you which wines you should use exactly to experience the ultimate taste experience.
Braai - the South African version of grilling
In South Africa, the braai is one of the favorite pastimes of residents. It plays an important role and due to the diversity of species in the sun-drenched country, there are more varieties of food as well. These include crocodiles, porcupines, beef, lamb, chicken and even the ostrich cannot escape the hunger of South Africans.
A traditional African dish is the sosatien - so-called lamb skewers.
These consist of lamb/pork, curry, apricots and a white wine that should be either dry or sweet. The apricots are soaked in the drop to absorb its flavor that gives the food its unique flavor. The rest is usually poured into a wine glass and enjoyed alongside.
Tip: If you don't have a grill, it works just as well in the oven or in the pan.
These are our top recommendations for your sosatiations, which you will definitely succeed with:
- Sauvignon Blanc 2020
- Chenin Blanc 2021
- Chenin Blanc Vineyard Selection 2021:
- Mercator Chardonnay 2016:
- Rieger ZERO non-alcoholic
Tip: Serve with basmati rice
Salmon Tacos with Cabbage & Guacamole
Norwegian salmon or trout is recommended for this lighter, rather un-African dish, and the tortillas are best brushed with melted butter before adding the cabbage and some coriander - this gives the whole thing a tasty touch. The guacamole is spread only with spring onions, a little olive oil, lamb's lettuce, salt and limes. The salmon is only seared on the outside and remains raw on the inside to allow the full aroma to develop. It goes perfectly with dinner in the evening and is best enjoyed with a unique Sauvignon Blanc.
The gentle drop has a light and delicate note, mostly reminiscent of pears or figs, which brings the desired balance to the dish.
Tip: Squeeze some lime juice on the salmon to create a slightly fresher taste and serve with light fruits like raspberries or small pieces of apricots to sweeten the flavor.
Sweetcorn and Chive Rosti:
Nowadays, corn is not only an indispensable staple food, but also forms the basis for other foods, such as yogurt or starch. There's a trace of it in just about everything, and it's inexpensive, high in fiber, and tastes good too. The recipe follows the classic Rösti recipe, but you add corn and some chives as desired. We recommend sour cream and a rosé with a low acidity as a side dish.
Braised beef goulash in red wine sauce:
Not only in South Africa, people also like to eat goulash here and the only but very significant difference here are the typical African spices, cloves, nutmeg, cardamom, paprika, salt, pepper and chili give off a strong taste that will make you experience the dish in a completely different way - a dry, strong, aromatic red wine is often used here, which contains a suitable note.
Tip: Serve with naan or basmati rice while drinking the same wine you used for cooking.
Bobotie is an African casserole that tastes really sweet and hearty. The dish was introduced in the 17th century and has been considered an African delicacy ever since. The combination of the different and memorable flavors is what makes it so popular today. It consists of minced meat, cinnamon, curry, turmeric and mango curry. In addition, rice with roasted nuts and/or raisins is usually eaten. Many also add chopped bananas for a special touch.
A stronger type of red wine is used as a drop, as two strong tastes can balance each other out. These 3 red wines are particularly suitable for this: