“The future of SA wine is more Mediterranean than Bordeaux” announced Neil Ellis over slow cooked lamb with lemon, tomato and thyme. Today’s paschal lunch was cooked by Jef Schuur who knows a thing or three about Little Bo-Peep’s friends. In fact the salt marsh Texel lamb of his native Dutch Frisian islands is the kind of terroir-driven delicacy for which the French would declare a special appellation. Neil made his point by matching Jef’s lamb with his own 2007 Rodanos blend of Shiraz and Grenache. As delegates make their way back from the Grenache Workshop in France earlier this month, how delicious to drink the best SA Grenache blend with stellar food at Neil’s new winery at the foot of Hell’s Hoogte in Stellenbosch. “They invited me to the Workshop, but I sent them some wine and had a knee replacement operation.”

Neil Ellis in Messiah-mode

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