Wine Tasting & Sales:
|Tuesday – Friday||08:00 – 16:30|
|Saturday||09:00 – 14:30|
|Sunday & Monday
“Please note that wine tasting ends 30 minutes prior to our closing time”
The boutique indoor wine-tasting venue finds itself welcoming guests on arrival. The new addition to the old stables is adjacent, and allows for through fare, to the restaurant. Many visitors prefer the informal outdoor tastings which take place on the grassy terrace. Young and old gather to enjoy delectable cheese and charcuterie platters while sipping their wine and enjoying the views across the vineyards and farmlands. Here and there a farm dog lolls in the shade while plump hens and chicks potter around in pursuit of a grub or two, adding a distinctly bucolic touch to the tranquil atmosphere.
The farm is situated on the north-east side of Durbanville where the sea breeze from the icy Atlantic meets the dry heat of the interior. Blessed with its favourable location, good climate and fertile soil, the farm produces wines of superior quality and singular character. In 2005 the first Cabernet was bottled, followed shortly by Phizante Kraal Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc. The first Pinotage will be bottled in 2016. The family does not believe in mass production, preferring to produce a limited number of bottles per year.
Durbanville’s typical dusty, herbal notes are well supported by red and black fruit with a hint of spice and vanilla. The medium-bodied palate shows Cabernet’s cooler flavours including spearmint, red berries and plum, supported by a bright line of acidity. Well integrated elevage in French oak and fine, soft tannins makes for a rounded, seamless finish. Accessible now, but better in 3-5 years.
Allow breathing time to open up, or decant an hour before serving. Enjoy with grilled lamb, hearty vegetable stews or risotto, or beef carpaccio with parmesan shavings.
|Sold Out||R120 per bottle|
This limited release Pinotage exudes characteristics of this uniquely South African variety – ripe red fruit, subtle toasty oak and an elegant tannin structure. This wine will develop further complexity with careful cellaring for 8 to 10 years. A beautiful accompaniment to slow-braised pork belly or hearty game dishes. For the more adventurous, seared salmon or even a dark-chocolate based dessert is recommended.
|Sold Out||R140 per bottle|
Burly and brooding dark fruit flavours evolve from the glass, along with classic ground pepper and biltong spice. A full flavoured palate boasts rich, yet vibrant red fruit including sour cherry with pancetta and dark cocoa in support. Maturation in small French oak barrels for 20 months (30% new) ensures a harmonious, lasting finish. A special occasion red that will improve with short term cellaring. Serve from decanter, with seasoned grilled beef or venison, or try with confit duck.
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The complex and intriguing nose displays a melange of cool, crunchy tropical fruit, with passionfruit and guava dominating. The palate is still very youthful, with mouth-watering grapefruit and lemongrass notes along with cut grass and gooseberries. This Sauvignon Blanc becomes better with age, with the tropical nose tending to develop onto the palate after 6 to 12 months. It stands up beautifully to strong flavoured shellfish (like mussels) and goats cheese salad.
|Sold Out||R85 per bottle|
Upfront clean and crisp summery stone fruit along with pineapple and quince. Then spicy interest with quinine and wet wool emerge. Unwooded and fresh yet, intensely fragranced which is attributable to the vines offering effortless fruit concentration and complexity. Appetising, lip-smacking, bone dry finish. Ideal al fresco summer sipper, great on its own, but also with scallops, fried calamari or smoked chicken salad
|Sold Out||R60 per bottle|
Anna De Koning Chenin Blanc
This barrel fermented, single vineyard expression on limited release is a flag bearer for Chenin Blanc of Durbanville origin. White peach, apricot kernel and marmalade combine with honey wax, soy, pine nuts and a hint of kerosene. Richness derived from lees contact and barrel maturation impresses on the weighted, textured palate that has opulence well captured in firm acidity and a dry, saline finish. Serious yet refined, powerful yet elegant. A worthy dinner companion that will compliment rich, buttery grilled gamefish, and a salty charcuterie spread.
Blanc de Blanc MCC
Made from 100% Chardonnay, gorgeous aromas of green apple and citrus combine with biscuity notes from the lees maturation, to create a wine that is both complex and refreshing. The full mouthfeel can be attributed to malolactic fermentation and the 17 months of lees maturation in the bottle. The tantalising delicate bubbles in the wine rounds off the taste experience. Enjoy with deep-fried calamari, steamed crayfish, sashimi, sushi and even pan-fried Cob. A touch of butter holds up wonderfully to the biscuit notes. It also likes cheese, holding up against the creaminess of most cheeses.