What goes better together with a sparking glass of De Grendel MCC Brut than oysters? With this magical food pairing in mind, De Grendel wines has partnered with the Knysna Oyster Co to ensure the finest oysters are served with only the finest wines!
The Knysna Oyster Co (www.oystersonline.co.za), specialise in fresh, cultivated, Pacific oysters, produced in the cool, clean waters of Nelson Mandela Bay and Namibia. “Our oysters adhere to the SA Shellfish Monitoring and Control Program and we test our oysters according to international standards. Our oysters are harvested daily and after cleaning and a purification period in tanks, they are hand inspected and packed into boxes,” says co-owner of the Knysna Oyster Co, Gavin Schapphoff.
The partnership, announced in October 2016, coincides with the Knysna Oyster Co’s launch of an oyster bar at the V&A Waterfront’s Food Market. The contemporary 40-square meter stall serves a range of fresh oysters to be enjoyed in various ways. These include Oysters Au Naturale (with lemon and tabasco), Oh So French! (a classic vinegar and shallot mignonette on an oyster) and Oysters Pili Pili (paw paw & mango with hints of cilantro & onion). “We also supply restaurants at the V&A Waterfront offering them a service to source only the freshest oysters,” says Schapphoff.
De Grendel has also introduced a new oyster dish to the menu at De Grendel Restaurant. This dish consists out of six oysters together with tabasco jelly, pickled cucumber and a Sauvignon Blanc jelly. “De Grendel Sauvignon Blanc 2016 was recently voted one of the Top 10 Sauvignon Blancs in South Africa at the FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 competition. We will be serving it with oysters from the Knysna Oyster Co, which is the perfect way to experience it,” says Sir De Villiers Graaff.
While the oyster bar at the V&A Waterfront is still waiting for it’s liquor license, De Grendel MCC Brut, Sauvignon Blanc and Op Die Berg Chardonnay are available for purchase on site at the nearby wine store, making it easy to enjoy them with your oysters. “De Grendel is also only a 20-minute drive from the V&A Waterfront, so we invite visitors to the oyster bar to join us with their takeaway oysters at our Tasting Stoep, which has magnificent views of Table Mountain,” says Sir De Villiers Graaff.