This month we’re loving the Steenberg Nebbiolo from the standout 2017 vintage, which is especially delicious.
The ruby red wine is all notes of strawberry, dried cranberry and cherry juxtaposed with the earthiness of truffles and mountain fynbos. It’s well-rounded, full, smooth and according to Steenberg Cellarmaster Elunda Basson, it’s best enjoyed in typical Italian fashion with artisanal charcuterie, parmigiana and risotto, as well as spicy Asian food. R285 from steenbergfarm.com/buy-wine-online/.
Mushroom, pancetta and truffle oil risotto
Try this delicious, rich risotto, developed by Steenberg Executive Chef Kerry Kilpin.
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
150g pancetta, cubed
200g risotto rice
200ml dry white wine
250g assorted mushrooms, sliced
500ml vegetable or chicken stock
2 sprigs rosemary, chopped
125g parmesan, grated
20g parsley, chopped
10 – 15ml truffle oil (or to your taste)
To make: Sweat your onions and garlic with the butter in a pot for about two minutes.
Add the cubed pancetta and cook for a minute. Add your rice, cook for a further minute until the rice starts to go translucent on the outsides. Add the sliced mushrooms. Add the wine and allow the wine to cook off and rice to absorb all the liquid.
Add enough stock to cover the rice. Cook on a medium heat. After a further two minutes, add the rosemary and top up with stock. Throughout the cooking process you will add stock and stir from time to time. You need to keep your risotto moist at all times.
If you run out of stock and your rice isn’t cooked, top up using water. Once your rice is about two minutes off from being cooked, add the parmesan, butter, truffle oil and parsley and allow to melt and season to taste.
Serve with a glass of Steenberg Nebbiolo.