I’ll Bring The Wine is a brand new five-part series presented by Nederburg. Hosted by acclaimed South African food writer and restaurateur, Karen Dudley, each episode profiles a celebrated chef, a traditional South African dish (in a way you’ve never imagined), and of course, the ideal Nederburg wine to pair it with.
In the first episode, much-loved chef Mmabatho Molefe (named Taste Magazine's Chef to Watch in 2020) not only takes Karen on a poignant journey back to her roots in rural KwaZulu-Natal, but she also succeeds in giving classic Nguni cuisine a dramatic contemporary makeover (think chicken feet terrine with onion caviar).
“I loved getting to know Mmabatho,” reflects Karen. “She has this incredible combination of courage and vulnerability that stems from her deep love and understanding of her culture, coupled with her desire to present this culture in an authentic yet exceptional way to the rest of the world. As you see, she pulls it off with poise and aplomb!”
Like the dishes on display, each paired wine reflects the same fusion of tradition, innovation, and unique South African flair. “It takes a special discipline, restraint and imagination to honour tradition while adding another dimension,” comments Nederburg winemaker, Zinaschke Steyn.
Inspired by Nederburg’s Double Barrel Reserve (which seamlessly brings together the winery’s hallmark reds), it would seem the show itself seeks to do a similar kind of blending -uniting Mzansi’s rich tapestry of people, places and flavours like you’ve never seen, felt or tasted before.