Taste the flavours of Mozambique with Leopard’s Leap


LEOPARD’S LEAP wines are distributed throughout the world, making them accessible in most favourite cities. The team has identified some of the best of those to visit every month of the year and hopes to share food, wine, and lifestyle inspiration for consumers to enjoy.

May is Maputo. It is a lovely time of year to visit the Mozambican coast; you can enjoy the best of African music, cinema and dance at the Azgo international arts festival and of course, the Portuguese-inspired cuisine and fresh seafood are always a hit – especially if you enjoy them with Leopard’s Leap wine.

The local cuisine is strongly influenced by the wonderful seafood from the Maputo coastline as well as its rich Portuguese heritage. What wine do you choose with your Maputo meal? “Fresh seafood is such a luxury that I don’t think it is necessary to drown it in too much sauces and spice,” says winemaker Renier van Deventer. “The refreshing Leopard’s Leap Sauvignon Blanc is always a great choice when you dress your seafood with a little lemon juice and a touch of black pepper, but if you want to experience Mozambique’s Portuguese spice heritage, perhaps Chenin Blanc is a good idea with your paprika prawns and peri-peri chicken.

“The spicier it gets, the more complex your wine should be. So, for just a little touch of warmth, go for our Classic Chenin Blanc. It is however, the great combination of being both cool and complex, that will make our Culinaria Chenin the perfect choice for those real hot flavours and when you order or braai an authentic peri-peri chicken.”

For those of us who feel like a beach holiday, but will most probably spend May in our own backyard, chef Christiaan Visser shares a few recipes and wine pairings that will make you feel like you’re on Maputo’s Inhaca Island. Find them at these links.

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