Welgegund Heritage Wines’ winemaker, Friedrich Kühne shares his recipe for Lamb Shanks to enjoy with the Welgegund Heritage Wines Providence 2015
Spring but there’re still those chilly nights to indulge in the cosy comforts. May I suggest you tuck into this hearty dish served with a prized red wine to warm your heart and soul.
These are the thoughts of Welgegund Heritage Wines’ winemaker, Friedrich Kühne, who is sharing his recipe for Lamb Shanks to enjoy with the Welgegund Heritage Wines Providence 2015, a fruit-driven Rhône-style blend.
Friedrich’s Oven-Baked Lamb Shanks
“I roughly chopped up shallots, leeks, fennel bulbs, celery, carrots and garlic, placed them in a hot pan along with our Welgegund Extra Virgin Cold-Pressed Olive Oil and fresh rosemary and sautéed them until the aromas began to release.
I then browned the lamb shanks on all sides in the fragrant sauce, before adding grated fresh ginger, chopped anchovy fillets and some soya and oyster sauce.
When the meat was well sautéed, I poured some Providence over the meat and gently simmered the sauce to reduce, thicken and concentrate the flavours.
Then I added paprika, tomato paste, aubergine chunks and some vegetable stock. I transferred the mix into an oven proof ceramic dish and placed it in the preheated oven (160°) for 3 hours.
I then blanched some baby carrots, drizzled them with olive oil and placed on top of the dish to add fresh, crispy sweet characters and colour to the dish.
To finish it off I added grated lemon zest to lift all the flavours of the dish. The result is a delicious wonderfully flavoured dish with the tender meat practically falling off the bone, the ultimate comfort food, that pairs perfectly with the Welgegund Providence.”
Welgegund Heritage Wines Providence 2015 is a fruit-driven Rhône-style blend of 60% shiraz, 30% cinsaut (1974 heritage vineyard) and 10% carignan from the best fruit in selected vineyards - all dryland bush vine, giving concentrated colours and aroma. All cultivars were fermented separately and spent 16 months in 95% French and 5% American oak. Only 30% new oak was utilized, respecting the fruit and the unique character of each cultivar.
The shiraz provides tremendous body and structure, adding dark fruit and spice while the cinsaut component adds plenty of red fruit, freshness and youth. The carignan contributes to the enjoyable and lengthy end to the wine. This wine is predominantly fruit driven with undertones of subtle oak. Complex dark fruit (mulberry, blackberry and black
cherry) as well as some red cranberry fruit notes are complemented by cloves, nutmeg and a hint of pepper.
The tannins are soft and extremely silky. Drink now, with further ageing beneficial.
Accolades: It was honoured at the 2018 National Wine Challenge with Double Gold as well as 4 stars in the 2018 Platter’s wine guide and Silver at the Decanter World Wine Awards and Concours Mondiale.
Retail price: Welgegund Heritage Wines Providence 2015 is currently only sold at the cellar, for R320 (excl VAT) per bottle, but will soon be more readily available nationally.
Visit Welgegund Heritage wines
Nestled at the foot of the magnificent Hawequa mountains at the end of an oak-lined cul-de-sac in Wellington, lies a hidden treasure with a rustic appeal and spectacular mountain backdrop, Welgegund Heritage Wines.
Welgegund means ‘well-bestowed’ and you don’t have to venture far to experience the fruits of its blessings: a place of natural beauty, heritage buildings dating back to the early 1800’s and a unique fingerprint of terroir and climate. Wine and olive tastings showcasing the intense deliciousness of this estate’s produce can be enjoyed by appointment only. Take the time and make an appointment. It’s well worth it!
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