I had the privilege of sitting next to Hanene and her charming husband Coenie (Altima’s vineyard specialist) over lunch. They entertained us with stories of the time they spent in Italy, learning everything there is to know about truffles, truffle hunting and her four-legged hunter helpers (and yes, when work is done they come for cuddles and expect to sleep on the bed, just like any other fur baby).
Lunch started with a selection of artisanal bread served with truffle butter. Next up it was a fabulously giant prawn with asparagus, an orange and tarragon beurre blanc and truffle caviar. Heavenly. For mains we had a choice. There was Black Angus brisket with polenta, caramalised onions, a sauce Perigaux and truffle shavings. I opted for the truffle tagliatelle with a Parmesan cream, but the lovely PR for Anthonij Rupert, Pippa Pringle, let me taste her beef. Both sublime.