Lunch Extravaganza at Protégé with La Motte

Shiraz exudes an irresistible charm that brightens the season. During winter not only does red wine take center stage, but also an array of exotic meats grace our tables. Amongst all choices, Shiraz stands out as the perfect companion for this occasion. Its sweet and spicy nuances and its diverse range of wine styles, Shiraz offers a unique tasting experience.

The Seven Days of Shiraz celebration is a wonderful time to appreciate this remarkable wine. At the esteemed Protégé restaurant in Franschhoek, La Motte’s Cellarmaster, Edmund Terblanche, presented their latest vintages, including their acclaimed Shiraz. La Motte’s wines are celebrated for their elegance, possibly attributed to the grapes’ origin in the Franschhoek Valley and the Cape South Coast’s cool climate complexities. The winemaking heritage that traces back to France might play a role, as well as the estate’s skillful approach to blending wine and food harmoniously.

Led by the talented La Colombe’s Scot Kirton, Protégé is a new, exciting casual fine dining spot. Its focus on small plates and bold flavours perfectly captures the essence of casual dining. Scot’s passion for nurturing young chefs and providing them a platform is evident through Protégé’s name.

The restaurant achieves a balance of comfort and refinement. Located at Le Quartier Français, Protégé’s open kitchen takes center stage in a beautifully designed space featuring neutral tones, wood, and leather elements. The addition of a courtyard allows guests to soak in the summer weather.

A mouthwatering spread including Toasted Sourdough with Butter and Wild Garlic Oil, Beef Tataki and Spiced Edamame beans was presented. This culinary delight was paired with La Motte Vin de Joie Rosé 2022, boasting notes of nectarine, melon and rose petal.

For starters, a flavourful Springbok, Chicken Liver Parfait and Jalapeño dish was paired with La Motte Pierneef Syrah Viognier 2018, a blend showcasing the synergy between Shiraz and Viognier.

The main courses featured a choice between Octopus, Pork, Muhammara, Salsa Macha, or Korean Fried Chicken, Prawn, Corn, and Tom Yum. The latter, a succulent chicken wing stuffed with prawn, was accompanied by La Motte Chardonnay 2022, offering fruity nectarine and citrus notes.

A Coal Roasted Lamb Chop stole the show in the second main course, complemented by La Motte Syrah 2018. A delightful assortment of Artisanal Bon Bons concluded the meal, alongside La Motte Syrah 2019.

The Protégé experience is a fusion of innovation and seasonal delights. The menu’s creativity and presentation push boundaries, promising an unforgettable dining experience.

La Motte takes the party spirit of Seven Days of Shiraz and turns it into a month-long fiesta, inviting everyone to join in on the celebration. Whether you’re doing a solo dance with your Shiraz or having a flavourful duet with delicious dishes, Shiraz keeps the good times flowing with its versatile and fancy flair!

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