Here’s another great recipe pairing that’s come straight from the winemakers herself. Mary-Lou and father Lance swear by this farm-style recipe as the ideal companion for their Black Pearl ‘Oro’ red blend. For the purposes of the photo above, we had Chef Craig Cormack cook it for us and we’re converted!

Many people shy away from kidneys, but in reality there a delicious alternative to red meat, and literally packed full of flavor.

We Love: At F&V we believe you just can’t beat a recipe that’s come from the farm where the wine is made. This dish is the ying to the wines yang.

Alternative Pairing: also goes great with Woodward Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon.

Lamb Kidneys in Red Wine Sauce

On mashed potatoes


0.4 Kg Lamb Kidneys, chopped into bit size pieces

1 Medium red onion, sliced

2 Tbsp Diced bacon

2 Tsp Canola oil

1/3 Cup kidney stock with ½ tsp of powdered beef stock

½ Cup Black Pearl ‘Oro’

2 Tbsp Sweet red wine syrup*

1/8 Tsp of finely cut fresh rosemary

½ Cup flour

1 Tsp Garlic Powder

1 Tsp Salt


For the Sauce:

3 Cups red wine (Black Pearl ‘Oro’ if you have it)

Piece of cinnamon stick

1 Clove

1 Strip of orange or lemon peel

3/4 Cup sugar


Chop tender parts of the kidneys away from the gristly center.

Place center parts in saucepan and cover with water and simmer for 15 minutes to make kidney stock.

In a plastic bag add flour, salt, garlic powder & pepper. Shake to mix, add kidney bits and shake to coat. Remove bits and set aside.

Add oil and bacon to frying pan and cook until bacon is crisp.

Remove bacon (save bits to put on top of a salad etc) sauté onions until soft.

Add flour-covered kidneys to pan. Add a bit more oil if needed. Cook for 4-5 minutes at low heat.

Slowly add the 1/3-cup of kidney stock (with beef stock). This should produce a thick sauce.

Add red wine. Cook 4-5 minutes at medium high heat stirring frequently.

If sauce becomes too thick add more kidney stock until you reach the desired consistency.

Add sweet red wine syrup, rosemary, salt and pepper to taste, cook further 2 minutes.

Serves 6 as a small starter, or 3-4 as a main course. Serve on a bed of mashed potatoes.

Sauce Method:

Place all (sauce) ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat and simmer until reduced by two thirds. Approximately 1 hour. Discard clove, cinnamon and peel. Cool and store in refrigerator.

Sweet red wine syrup is great sauce to have at hand. It keeps for weeks in the refrigerator and can be used as an ice cream or yogurt topping, drizzled on poached pears etc. or use it in lieu of Crème de Cassis with white wine to make a Kir. It’s a very adaptable sauce.

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