Oldenburg Vineyards Merlot 2015, perfect partner to Christine Capendale’s Fillet with Rocket & Horseradish Sauce…

Oldenburg Vineyards Merlot 2015 Oldenburg Vineyards up in the Banghoek Valley has some exciting stuff happening – again! The new winery is coming on like a dream, the roof is on, now the interior work is taking place. and will be ready for the Estate’s new winemaker Nic van Aarde. The Estate has recently created

Spier – three fine reds for Winter…

There is a formidable team of winemakers at Spier Wine Estate making some serious Spier Reds. Johan Jordaan is the winemaker in charge of the reds under Cellarmaster Frans Smit. Really a lovely place to visit with two restaurants, picnics and a variety of entertainments.

Oldenburg Vineyards two new maiden vintage wines, The Oldenburg Joshua Syrah 2007 and The Oldenburg ‘Le Quartre Enfants’ Cabernet Franc 2007, good with Jane Anne Hobbs’s Slow-roasted Stuffed Leg of Lamb with a Basil Walnut Sauce – 21.02.2018

Oldenburg Vineyards two new maiden vintage wines released, The Oldenburg ‘Le Quatre Enfants’ Cabernet Franc 2007 and The Oldenburg Joshua Syrah 2007, available from the Estate....

De Grendel Op die Berg Chardonnay 2016, best served with Ina Paarman’s Lemon Chicken for a crowd – 09.02.2018

The grapes from a tiny, cool, wine appellation in the Witzenberg in Ceres are used to make the De Grendel Op die Berg Chardonnay 2016, best served with Ina Paarman’s Lemon Chicken for a crowd.

Christiaan Nigrini – Assistant Winemaker at Asara Wine Estate & Luxury Hotel

Christiaan Nigrini in the Douro Valley, Northern Portugal Christiaan Nigrini is such a likeable young man, so dedicated to what he is doing as part of the Asara Winemaking Team. Last year he spent the harvest in the Douro Valley in Northern Portugal. What was the defining moment in your life that set you on

Spier offers an embarrassment of riches in its restaurant options….

Spier's  fine Homestead - Spier offers much to the visitor Eight Spier offers Eight, a fine restaurant on the Spier Estate.  From veld to fork, with the saladings and vegetables are grown organically on the Estate.  Farmer Angus, grows the grass-fed beef, pork, chickens which are free range. Children are catered for, to replenish energy

Mulderbosch Single Vineyard Chenin Blancs. Chenin loves Dianne Bibby’s Chakalaka Marinated Roast Chicken – 23.01.2018

Mulderbosch, home of 3 Single Vineyard Chenin Blancs Adam Mason, Winemaker at Mulderbosch Vineyards, makes a range of Chenin Blancs called The Single Vineyard Block.  Grapes from three different vineyards are treated in exactly the same way in the vineyard and during elevation in the cellar. The three blocks are harvested in the same way

Groot Constantia Merlot 2014 & Ina Paarman’s Flattie in a Frying Pan – 31.05.2017

Groot Constantia Merlot 2014 Some years ago, vineyard owners were being told to pull up their Cinsaut and plant Merlot.  Now as fashions change, the reverse is happening.  Thank goodness for those who ‘kept the faith’, amongst them Groot Constantia. Merlot is going places as the Merlot Interest Group does its work to help producers

Asara Vineyard Collection Chenin Blanc 2016 & Alida Ryder’s Cheat’s Deep Dish Pizza – 26.05.2017

Asara Vineyard Collection Chenin Blanc 2016 I have watched this vintage grow over the last year. The 2015 vintage took a trophy at the Japan Wine Challenge last year for the Best New World Wine. This vintage is a step up on the 2015 and I can’t wait to taste the 2017 babies in the

Flagstone Free Run Sauvignon Blanc 2016 & Dianne Bibby’s Pork & Shallot Casserole with Sage & Mushrooms – 25.05.2017

Flagstone Free Run Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Exciting wines coming from Flagstone with Gerhard Swart in charge of the winemaking team.  For me the Flagstone Wines are so food friendly, you can almost imagine different dishes while drinking them. The Flagstone Free Run Sauvignon Blanc 2016 is a unique Sauvignon Blanc made with grapes from the

“Simple” yet “bold” are the words for Louisa Greeff’s Winter Menu at The Durbanville Hills Restaurant

Durbanville Hills Winery overlooking Table Bay Surrounded by rolling hills and boasting beautiful views of Cape Town, Durbanville Hills is nestled in the picturesque Durbanville Valley, making it the ideal place to enjoy a warm winter meal with a glass of award-winning wine. To ensure that the upcoming colder months are savoured, the restaurant has

Asara Vineyard Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 & Tracy Foulkes’s Caramelized Onion Thyme & Taleggio Cheese Tart – 25.04.2017

Asara Vineyard Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Asara Wine Estate is situated in the rolling Polkadraai Hills south-west of Stellenbosch in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation. Stellenbosch is strong Cabernet country and the big flavours come from the slow ripening of the grapes.  Summer heat is ameliorated by cooling breezes off False Bay.  The marine climate carries

Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Demi Sec 2015 & Anina Meyer’s Cinnamon & Nutella Buns with Fudge Sauce – 21.04.2017

Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Demi Sec 2015 Simonsig Wine Estate founder, Frans Malan was a passionate pioneer in the Cape wine world in the 60s, 70s and 80s. Early estate bottlings of Chenin Blanc and Pinotage point to greater things to come. In the early 1970s Frans started experimented with wines made in the Champagne style

Oldenburg Chardonnay 2015 & Meeta K Wolff’s South Indian Inspired Sambar Vegetable Curry – 04.04.2017

Oldenburg Chardonnay 2015 Oldenburg Wine Estate sits high up in the Banghoek Valley underneath large benign and exceptionally beautiful ‘Alpine’ mountains. The vineyards have been completely replanted in modern times by owner Adrian Vanderspuy whose family have owned the Estate for a number of years.  The vines used for the Oldenburg Chardonnay 2015 were planted

Durbanville Hills Sauvignon Blanc Sparkling Wine & Meeta K Wolff’s Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese & Avocado – 29.03.2017

Durbanville Hills Sauvignon Blanc Sparkling Wine Something really pretty from Durbanville Hills, the Sauvignon Blanc Sparkling Wine. You need a bottle of this in a glass ice bucket midmorning under the pergola drinking it for the sheer fun of it. Martin Moore & Wilhelm Coetzee hosting a braai This is Martin Moore and Wilhelm Coetzee’s

Boschendal’s Full Moon Picnic – last of the Summer on Monday 13 March 2017

Boschendal at Full Moon Legend has it that energies are intensified on the night of a full moon. Meaning that your state of mind at the time, will be magnified! Make sure to increase only positive vibrations by joining Boschendal for the last Full Moon Picnic of the season. What to expect at the Full

Peter Falke Chardonnay 2015 & Hein van Tonder’s Sardine & Fennel Pasta – 24.01.2017

Peter Falke Chardonnay 2015 Groenvlei Farm, hugging the foothills of the Helderberg Mountains in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation is the home of Peter Falke Wines. Perfect situation for wine grape growing with the cooling breezes coming up in the late afternoon off False Bay which ameliorate the heat of summer afternoons. Chardonnay grapes ripening on

Current Wines, La Petite Ferme & Dragon Ridge – 17.01.2017

These are the wines we have been drinking over the last couple of days. Current white wine in the fridge La Petite Ferme Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2016 The La Petite Ferme Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2016 is made up of 50% grapes from their own Franschhoek Vineyards and the balance from deep down south in the

Boschendal Wines – International & Local Acclaim

Boschendal Farmstead & Manor House, dwarfed by The Groot Drakenstein Boschendal’s exceptional 2016 awards season continued on Friday with the winery scooping 19 prestigious Veritas awards. The illustrious 331-year-old Franschhoek winery has seen some significant changes and world-class improvements over the past decade and now combines heritage and tradition with fresh, modern vision - to

Boschendal fills its Awards cupboard

Boschendal, the Groot Drakenstein Mountain behind Boschendal, one of South Africa’s most iconic wineries, has secured twelve awards at the prestigious International Wine and Spirit Competition 2016 including ‘Gold Outstanding’ for the Boschendal Elgin Chardonnay 2014 as well as two ‘Silver Outstanding’ for the 1685 range of wines. Boschendal Appellation Series Elgin Chardonnay The Gold

Boschendal, the traditions go on

Boschendal Manor House, the majestic Groot Drakenstein as backdrop Always something new and exciting from Boschendal. Especially in Heritage month where, by tradition now, a whole roast pasture fed Aberdeen Angus ox is roasted over coals.  The beef is pasture fed and prepared by Boschendal’s Cattle manager, Jason Carrol. In celebration of National Heritage Day,

Top Ten Wellington Wines honoured at Quest for the Best 2016

Winners of Wellington's Quest for the Best Back l to r: Erik van Wyk (Wellington Wines), Ettienne Malan (Andreas Wines), Andries Wiese (Group Manager Mutual & Federal Agri), Chris Roux (Mont du Toit), JG Auret (Linton Park Wines), Gielie Beukes (Doolhof) Front l to r: Theila Conyers (Douglas Green), Lauren Hulsman (Diemersfontein), Corlea Fourie (Bosman

Winning Cheese & Onion Tart – Carey Boucher Erasmus

Carey Boucher Erasmus's Winning Cheese & Onion Tart Carey says: "Not only is this uber tasty tart a perfectly substantial (if not decadent) meatless meal, it is also a great “throw together” pantry dish.  All the ingredients you need will be right at home in your kitchen. No need for exhausting grocery shopping after work! This tart is sooo

Landskroon Wines

  Landskroon Wine Estate, welcoming entrance I first visited Landskroon in the late 1970’s and met the gentle giant of a man who was Paul de Villiers who looked after the wine production and his brother Hugo, who ran their prize Jersey Stud and their wives who were twin sisters.  And their mother

October 25th, 2012|Categories: Winery partners|Tags: , , |

De Grendel Wines

The view across the vineyards to Table Mountain In the early 1970s when I had just returned from the UK and cookery school, I cooked a meal at De Grendel for that political icon, Leader of the Opposition, Sir de Villiers and Lady Graaff for an important political dinner. It was all very

October 21st, 2009|Categories: Winery partners|Tags: , , |

Vrede en Lust

In Afrikaans, Vrede is peace and Lust means you are eager and keen to get going.  Not always reconcilable in language, but brought together to perfection by Dana Buys on the showpiece wine estate on the western slopes of the Simonsberg massif, one of the first to greet the sun each morning.  Lying side by

Swartland Wine Cellar

Taking the West Coast Road out of Cape Town you'll observe a change in vegetation within 40 minutes. Hectares of wheat and grapes stretch as far as the eye can see. You have reached the Swartland, labelled " Het Zwarte Land " by Jan van Riebeeck in reference to the indigenous " renosterbos ", bush

June 7th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |

Stellar Winery

When I first tasted one of Dudley Wilson’s wines it was at an Organic Wines Festival at Wine Concepts, a specialist Wine Shop in Newlands Cape Town.  I tasted a Stellar Organics two-year-old Colombar, which was fabulous.  I was surprised as Colombar is usually a wine one drinks before the presses have been washed out

Steenberg Vineyards

The Steenberg [Stone Mountain] Vineyards are to be found on the slopes of the Table Mountain massif in the Constantia Valley, the oldest wine appellation in the Cape of Good Hope at the southernmost tip of the African continent. The farm is one of historic interest as it was granted to Catharina Ras who gave

Overgaauw Estate

Overgaauw has been in the ownership of a single family since it was originally settled by the ancestors of Abraham van Velden in 1783. Abraham himself set up as a farmer in 1905 on a portion of this land and named it for Elizabeth Overgaauw who married the first van Velden to arrive in South

Onderkloof Vines & Wines

Danie Truter has been making wine for over 30 years, I certainly knew him in 1977 when he washed out his first tanks just after completing his Cellar Technology studies at Stellenbosch University’s Elsenburg Agricultural College, stamping ground of many a well known South African winemaker.  At the time he was working at Simonsig Wine

June 7th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |

Oak Valley Wines

Oak Valley Estate is one of the Cape’s premier producers of a variety of agricultural products such as fruit, cut flowers, beef and of course wine. The estate is one of the largest deciduous fruit farms in South Africa with 335 of its hectares producing quality, high-value varieties of fruit. 70% of this land is

Nederburg Wines

My life is made up of a series of Nederburg footprints. My first recollections are Nederburg wines in the 1960s – the ‘cutglass’ Nederburg Rosé bottles with condensation running down the bottles on tables under trees on the lawn in front of our farmhouse when my parents entertained on Sundays.   Later as a

June 7th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

Morgenster Estate

As a child, I remember going to watch Polo being played on a field near Morgenster in Somerset West.  It was just after the Second World War and we sat in our mostly large American cars, Studebakers, Packards and Cadillacs on the edge of the field and watched our fathers on horseback hitting

June 7th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |

Lindhorst Wines

Mark Lindhorst sampling - and enjoying - his wares Mark Lindhorst and I go way back when he was a student at Stellenbosch during my time at Lanzerac. After years as a successful accountant he brings his business acumen and passion for wine to the farm and wine marketing business.  His accountant’s attention

Grangehurst Winery

Jeremy and Mandy Walker's home and winery, Grangehurst, is on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain midway between Stellenbosch and the False Bay coastline with a spectacular view to the west of the Table Mountain Reserve all the way from Cape Point to Signal Hill.  To sit there, as I have, on their balcony in

Glen Carlou

Glen Carlou, a 145 ha vineyard near Paarl, is one of the region's finest wine estates. Purchased several years ago by well-known South African winemaker, Walter Finlayson, twice named as Diner's Club Winemaker of the Year, who recognised its potential for producing wine grapes of outstanding quality. No stranger to the rehabilitation of wine farms

Eagles’ Nest Farm

Eagles' Nest – a phoenix risen Eagles' Nest is on the road up to Constantia Nek on a former part of Simon van der Stel’s Groot Constantia Estate, in the oldest wine appellation in South Africa. Aptly named, I have seen Black Eagles swirling in the skies above the Estate; it is, what must surely

Dornier Wines

Christoph Dornier, born into a family of engineers, knew from an early age that art would be his life.  And he became an artist of international repute. He was attracted to Stellenbosch and in the early 1990's he became one of the first foreign investors in post apartheid South Africa.  The mystical aspects of wine,