Fleur du Cap adds colourful twist to traditional Easter pickled fish

Celebrate Easter in true Cape style by cherishing the age old tradition of making your own picked fish and pairing it with Fleur du Cap Chenin Blanc, a wine made from one of the oldest and most planted grape varieties in South Africa.

If you don’t have a treasured family recipe, salt aficionado, chef Craig Cormack, has added his special twist to this famous Cape dish as a perfect taste partner for Fleur du Cap Bergkelder Selection Chenin Blanc 2015. The medium-bodied Chenin Blanc awakens the tangy flavours of this festive fish dish.

“The stone fruit and ripe citrus notes of the wine complement the sweet flavours of the dried apricots and sultanas in the recipe,” says Wim Truter, cellarmaster at Die Bergkelder in Stellenbosch.

The lightly oaked Fleur du Cap Bergkelder Selection Chenin Blanc 2015 is a multi-layered wine with complex varietal flavours. Aromas of apple, guava, litchi and a touch of oak spice are unlocked in the first sip, while the mid-palate is filled with tropical fruit and a slightly creamy finish.

Chef Craig Cormack has given this traditional Easter dish a twist by adding wine and pomegranate to the recipe. The wine gives the fish a rich colour, while the pomegranate garnishes the dish with a cluster of rubies.


Pomegranate Pickled Fish



  • 1.5 kg skinned yellowtail
  • 200 ml vegetable oil
  • 1 kg sliced onions
  • 15 ml quality masala
  • 5 ml fennel seeds
  • 5 ml coriander seeds
  • 5 ml black peppercorns
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 4-5 bay leaves
  • 125g dried apricots and sultanas
  • 500 ml white or red wine (red wine gives fish a deeper colour)
  • 10 ml coarse salt
  • 75 ml white wine vinegar
  • 30 ml brown sugar
  • Seeds of 1 large pomegranate



  1. Preheat oven at 200°C.
  2. Place fish in baking dish – allow space for sauce.
  3. Cook onions for 30 min – until they become sweet.
  4. Stir in masala, fennel, coriander, peppercorns, cloves and bay leaves – fry for 30 seconds before adding apricots, sultanas, wine and salt.
  5. Simmer uncovered for 20 minutes.
  6. Add vinegar and sugar.
  7. Pour sauce over the fish.
  8. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes.
  9. Cool completely and refrigerate at least a day.
  10. Serve on salad with home-made lime-mayo
  11. Garnish by sprinkling the pomegranate seeds over the pickled fish.


Fleur du Cap Bergkelder Selection Chenin Blanc 2015 is available at selected stores country-wide. It sells at a cellar door price of R63 per bottle at Die Bergkelder in Stellenbosch, or purchase it online at the Vinotèque.

Join the Fleur du Cap community on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @FleurduCapWines.


Fleur du Cap Laszlo achieves coveted Double Gold Medal at Veritas 2018.

Fleur Du Cap receives an impressive ten awards at this year’s Veritas Wine Awards including a Double Gold for the Laszlo 2015.READ MORE…

Fleur du Cap Harvest 2015 – Quest for Regional Excellence pays off

The 2015 harvest has been hailed an excellent vintage and the earliest ever recorded by the current Fleur du Cap winemaking team at Die Bergkelder who search the length and breadth of the Western Cape to find the best grapes to craft their wines.


Do the twist with Fleur du Cap Natural Light 2014

Make light work of your summer quaffer with Fleur du Cap Natural Light Chenin Blanc, now boasting a convenient new screw cap on the 2014 vintage. With its lower alcohol level of just 9,7%, a laid-back, sunny afternoon is just a twist away.


Fleur du Cap Unfiltered wines flaunt new contemporary elegance

Upgrade your wine rack with Fleur du Cap Unfiltered wines when this premier range steps out with a stylish, refreshed look, making its debut with the new 2014 Sauvignon Blanc vintage.


Get a Fleur du Cap Wine & Salt recipe book with tastings at Die Bergkelder

Join Fleur du Cap for a unique wine and salt tasting experience at Die Bergkelder in Stellenbosch and take home an insightful booklet with delicious recipes pairing these elegant wines to some of the world’s finest artisanal salts.


Fleur du Cap Chardonnay wins Gold and Silver in France

Fleur du Cap has been ranked amongst the world’s finest Chardonnays as one of only two South African wines to receive a gold medal at the 2015 Chardonnay du Monde competition in Burgundy, France.


Durbanville Hills

Welcome. This website uses cookies to run the website in various ways, such as providing essential services, advertising, and analytics. If you accept this notice, you consent to us using all cookies, including non-essential cookies. If you reject this notice, you consent to us using essential cookies only. You can opt-out of non-essential cookies or get more information about managing cookies in our Cookie Policy.

You must be 18 years or older to view this site.