Cru is “a vineyard or group of vineyards, especially one of recognized quality”. It is a French wine term which is traditionally translated as “growth”, as it was originally the past participle of the verb “croitre”.
At the recent Chef’s Table Luncheon of the InterContinental Hotel Johannesburg at OR Tambo we were offered a choice of wines with our main course White or red. I had both. The red was a Landskroon Shiraz, 2013.
Paired with Chicken Ballotin stuff with pistachio nuts, chorizo and a medallion of chicken, smokey pork belly lardons accompanied by autumn vegetables, Pomme William and rich chicken jus.
My feeling was that the white was better with the food, but that the shiraz made for a fine after lunch drink. I’m very fond of shiraz and this is a delightful one. I don’t know the Landskroon Wine Estate but I look forward to exploring more of their wines in the future.