A NEW SEASON. A NEW MENU
The arrival of Autumn is always a little surprising…
One day, late in the Summer, you feel it – a subtle crispness in the air, a shift from sultry Summer to cozy Autumn. And before you know it, we are besieged by cooler weather and shades of orange, often even before the thermometer warrants it.
The Autumnal Equinox transitioned on Wednesday, 22 March, and Mosaic’s brand new Menu, Tabula Rasa launched on Friday, 24 March – let us tell you more…
Chantel’s commitment towards a natural approach is evident with her current Autumn/Winter Equinox Menu named “Tabula Rasa” – the Latin phrase refers to a blank slate and anything existing undisturbed in its original pure state, matching Chantel’s new dish creations and philosophy.
The cover of the new menu depicts a painting titled “Pavlovsk” by Russian Art Nouveau artist, Alexander Golovin, expressing Chantel’s love for the Art Nouveau movement which is echoed in the interior of Restaurant Mosaic.
HAMILTON RUSSELL VINEYARDS
“INDIVIDUALITY AND EXPRESSION OF ORIGIN”
On the 17th of March, the Mosaic team was honoured with a visit from Anthony and Olive Hamilton Russell from the famed Hamilton Russell Vineyards in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley for a gourmet tasting of their award winning Pinot Noir.
Hamilton Russell Vineyards is one of the most southerly wine Estates in Africa and one of the closest to the sea. They are credited with boldly pioneering viticulture and winemaking in the beautiful, cool, maritime Hemel-en-Aarde Valley appellation, just behind the old fishing village of Hermanus. They specialise in producing highly individual, terroir driven Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, which is widely regarded as the best in South Africa and among the finest in the New World.
The estate vineyards cover 52 hectares, and the focus is exclusively on the two Burgundian varieties. “We are incredibly proud that by accident of fate and terroir our soil and site affords us a chance to produce unusually classically styled Pinot Noir and Chardonnay near the southern tip of the African continent,” says Anthony Hamilton Russell. “Our Pinot Noir has a degree of savouriness and structure that goes beyond straight varietal expression. People say it is hard to work with Pinot Noir. I don’t think it is. It is not how to make it, but if you do get it wrong, you can try as hard as you like it will never be good .”
“It is an uncomplex variety without much tannin or colour, but it shines in some sites and transcends the variety. We are lucky to get that here, with some tannic structure and depth, a degree of savouriness to augment the beautiful fruit perfume you can get.”
Not only were our guests spoiled with vintages dating from 2014 back to 2005, but were able to share first-hand the passion exuded by Anthony Hamilton Russell, making for a truly incredible evening with superb wines and a truly dynamic couple.
The tasting was followed again by a specially prepared menu by Chantel, paired with some of the other Hamilton Russell Vineyard wines, as well as some older vintages from their associated property, Ashbourne.
FROM THE NEW TABULA RASA MENU WE INTRODUCE…FIRST FROST
Ivoire Chocolate Tonka Forelle Pear
During the founding years of the Francolin Conservancy, when properties were incorporated into the larger nature park, the previous owners’ orchards were retained for future enjoyment for the birds and wildlife. Naturally, this is some of my favourite spots to visit during our regular walks through the conservancy.
I especially love it when the air gets cool enough to dig out my scarf and take an early morning walk through the orchards to see the colourful autumn changes. The last of Summer’s bounty ripens and fades, and the very last fruit from the trees drop to the ground and the veldt becomes a treasure trove of delicious discoveries for all the small animals scampering through the autumn landscape. The shy little hedgehogs fill their round bellies with soft ripe pears before they curl up tightly in hibernation, while the mischievous monkeys stuff their cheeks with rowdy chatter.
As we slip closer towards winter, I find my inspiration from nature’s very first frost covering the last of the fruit as I venture into the orchard to fill my basket with the last offerings of the season.
CHEF OF THE YEAR COLLABORATION AT MOSAIC
Having been named 2016 Eat Out S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna Chef of the Year, Gregory Czarnecki is known for his meticulous approach to cooking, impressive plating and light touch for flavour.
We are very excited to welcome chef Gregory and his team from the Restaurant at Waterkloof into the Mosaic Kitchen on 24 and 25 May 2017, as we join our creative forces to create an unforgettable culinary feast. Situated more than 1 459 km from Mosaic in its own picturesque setting in Somerset West, chef Gregory is known for having a like-minded respect and appreciation for nature, as he transforms the most humble and honest of seasonal ingredients into edible art on a plate.
“Inspiration can be found everywhere; we are surrounded by it, from the seasons to paintings and flower arrangements. From fallen leaves to a certain colour palette or a fruit, anything can bring me inspiration.” Gregory Czarnecki
Be sure to make your reservation soon as there is only a few tables still available for dinner on Wednesday evening 24 May and Thursday evening 25 May 2017. The event is priced at R2 200 per person, with a non-refundable 50% deposit upon reservation.
DOMAINE DE BEAURENARD – 8 APRIL 2017
In the 14th century, Pope John XXII built a papal castle in Châteauneuf-du-Pape as a summer palace away from the pressing multitude of Avignon. Impressed by the area’s exceptional soils, he established vineyards on the slopes surrounding the Château and were instrumental in promoting the local wine’s reputation around the world.
Shortly thereafter, Domaine de Beaurenard followed, tracing its history back to 1695, it has been in the hands of the Coulon family for eleven generations. Each generation maintains the tradition of blending the 13 classic grape varieties of Châteauneuf-du-Pape in order to produce a range of wines with complexity and poise with every vintage. The Estate covers 32 hectares of vines in Chateauneuf-du-Pape and 25 hectares in the Côtes du Rhône-Villages and Rasteau AOC area. The unique terroir of large sun-drenched stones diffuse a gentle, providential heat that helps the grapes to mature and their juice to concentrate.
WE ONLY HAVE TWO SEATS AVAILABLE! MAKE YOUR BOOKING NOW!
The Coulon family succeeds in sustaining their rich tradition and we invite you to a tutored tasting of eleven wines with eleventh generation winemaker, Antonin Coulin, who will present a symphony of their recent vintages from this unique terroir.
We will be tasting:
Rasteau Les Argiles Bleues Rouge 2012
Rasteau Les Argiles Bleues Rouge 2005
Boisrenard Rouge 2012
Boisrenard Rouge 2005
followed by lunch where Chantel will present her new Autumn Menu, Tabula Rasa – skillfully pairing more of the Domaine de Beaurenard’s classic wines with her new creations.
Date: Saturday, 8 April 2017
R2 200 per patron – inclusive of tasting eleven wines and a six-course lunch
Arrival Time: 10h30 | Tasting: 11h00 | Lunch: 12h30
RSVP BEFORE: Friday, 31 March 2017
EARTHOUR AT MOSAIC
Earth Hour is more than an event; it’s a global movement to unite people
across the globe. The answer is as wide-ranging as the objective: to protect the
planet from climate change.
Setting aside an hour to reflect on ways to protect our planet from climate change, is but one small step in the right direction. Mosaic supported Earth Hour on Saturday 25 March at 20h30 and hosted a romantic candle-lit dinner to contribute our bit in preserving our precious planet.
By taking small actions, we make a difference. Earth Hour belongs to all of us…
A VIEW FROM THE TOP
One of Mosaic’s regular patrons, Deon Fourie, was the first to land on our brand new helipad. He took Chantel for a flip in his helicopter to give her a bird’s eye view of Francolin and The Orient. Deon and his wife Gina have been visiting Mosaic since 2009.
THE BEST CHEF – 500 TOP CHEFS IN THE WORLD
“It all started when we felt the necessity to show the extreme artistic side that resides in gastronomy throughout the creations of today’s greatest chefs. The Best Chef harbours the respect for all culinary techniques and aims to the promotion of new talents worldwide.”
The 500 Top Chefs in the world have been chosen from among the most renowned figures in the culinary world. The selection was made according to the exceptional gifts of the chef; her innovative vision of the direction the new trends are leading to; the future of the culinary world, and her artistic value. Chantel was named as Chef Ambassador of South Africa and rated at number 261 as The Best Chef Gold 2016 Selection Top 500 in the world.
ART @ THE ORIENT
The latest addition to our growing Art Collection:
A MOMENT IN CONVERSATION
The painting is signed and dated 1979 on the lower right corner in the margin.
In this painting, Fasciotti captured a moment in the lives of native Xhosa women in bold but well-planned brush strokes. Although he was natively Italian, his family settled in South Africa and he became famous for painting Xhosa women at a time when very few European artists were painting the local population.
He was known as a recluse with an enigmatic personality, both as an artist and privately. He preferred to focus on landscapes, still life studies, seascapes and African tribal figures – most of his scenes were derived from life in the rural landscapes of the old Transvaal, Natal and Eastern Cape.
For this painting, Fasciotti introduced subtle pastel colours to his pallet. Soft hues of blue, pink, yellow and green are evident in the surroundings of the four figures, allowing for a lighter, more youthful undertone in the painting while emphasizing the young girl on the left. He captured light perfectly and the shadows combined with the orange hues visible on the figures, suggests that it might be early morning…
The entire day is still ahead for these four women with endless possibilities. Are they perhaps on their way to the market? Are they going to collect food from the veld? Are they strangers to each other, or are they old friends that met by coincidence?
The women are all faced towards the girl, placing the focal point on her as the most important figure. The two figures on the left might be a mother and daughter as they are depicted in close proximity to one another and dressed similarly in less colourful clothes. The way that they seem to make way for the two women on the right might indicate that they are from a less noble family. In many native South African cultures, it is known that young girls must learn from elderly women during the process of becoming a woman. The mother of the young girl might be teaching her to show respect towards the more noble women.
Fasciotti successfully expressed a moment in the narrative of generations, depicting the pride of Mother Africa’s people and their dignity.
FUTURE DATES FOR 2017
8 April 2017
Domaine de Bearenard Gourmet Tasting & Lunch
5 May 2017
Carmelo Rodero Gourmet Tasting & Dinner
20 May 2017
Jean Daneel Gourmet Tasting & Lunch
24 & 25 May 2017
Gregory Czarnecki & Chantel Dartnall Collaboration Dinner
2 June 2017
Jeremy Walker Gourmet Tasting & Dinner
10 June 2017
Château de Fesles Gourmet Tasting & Lunch
18 June 2017
Father’s Day Lunch
Mosaic closes for Annual Winter Break
Chantel, Mari, Germain and the Mosaic Team