After a morning of cruising around Stellenbosch (obviously with a stop at De Oude Bank), cars swishing by students hustling past, we pulled up to the well famed Lanzerac Wine Estate. Lanzerac is a respite only just a few kilometers outside of Stellenbosch. It’s one of the oldest estates in South Africa yet it’s managed to hold steadfast as its nearby village creeps closer and closer to the estate.
You’d never know it though; pulling up onto the estate is as if someone turned the city soundtrack off and switched it with the soothing sounds of birds chirping and trees blowing in the wind.
Jo-Anna greeted us three in the same tone of the calming wine farm and took us to meet Chef Ryan Bradbury, who would be our guide through a magical charcuterie journey.
The first platter came out with a smile from Chef Ryan, he had clearly realised that we were unaware of the treat we were about to indulge in. A selection well cured meats mixed with the scents of freshly baked goods wafted before our noses. And then, we ate.
And then came upon the divine sweet tangy onion marmalade. Add that onion marmalade to any of the baked breads served with your charcuterie platter. It’s soft and sticky with a bit of bite, perfect contrast for hearty meat and soft cheeses. They also offer jars of the onion marmalade at the deli for only R30.
After a tray of our first gratifications and little space left to fill in our stomachs a trio of open-faced sandwiches pulled up. Like a well manicured Bentley with a chauffeur at the helm, we were now being driven to meat paradise.
Vegetarian options are available and by no means less delicious.
After our ‘tour de carne’ the meal came to an end, just in time for a chocolate and wine pairing, a must do for anyone on a wine tasting tour.
The offerings simply did not stop, opulence at its best; baked cakes, baked bread, jams, marmalade, and freshly made iced rooibos tea, be the queen and eat it all.
Chef Bradbury with two very satisfied admirers.
We could have even spent the day on the lawn with self-chosen deli pickings and Lanzerac’s award-winning wines. Bottles start at less than R50.
And so, we ate and fell in love with both our platters and the kind, well-travelled, well-mannered, well-trained Chef Ryan who had been our decadent food guide and our host for the afternoon of feasting.