Neethlingshof wine maker, De Wet Viljoen
Mushrooms collected at the Neethlingshof estate
Neethlingshof Wine Maker goes Mushrooming
16 May 2012 by Neethlingshof
Autumn has been good to Neethlingshof wine maker De Wet Viljoen. "Just
after a demanding but excellent 2012 harvest, we were rewarded with a
lovely crop of mushrooms that grow wild on the estate and are absolutely
delicious to eat, paired with wine," he says.
A recent mushroom hunt, planned after good rains followed by sunshine, yielded boletus edulis (also known as cep or porcino), pine rings and field mushrooms.
He sometimes fries his fungi in butter and oil, and on occasion even grills them on the braai. “The lighter-flavoured mushrooms go well with whites, such us the newly-released 2012 vintage of Neethlingshof’s Sauvignon Blanc, Unwooded Chardonnay and Gewurztraminer, while the meatier ceps are excellent with reds such as the 2010 Neethlingshof Short Story Collection The Owl Post Pinotage.”
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