Wine Tasting & Sales:
|Tuesday – Friday||08:00 – 16:30|
|Saturday||09:30 – 14:30|
|Sunday & Monday
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.
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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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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 thanks to 55-year-old bush 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.
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Clear pedigree and regional suitability of the variety shows in an abundance of boldly aromatic fruit. The complex and intriguing nose includes a melange of cool, crunchy tropical fruit well married with fresh peas and asparagus. The palate is still very youthful, with mouth-watering grapefruit and lemongrass notes along with cut grass and gooseberries. A distinctive, structured, elegant Sauvignon with a range of flavour and nuance and a layered, lengthy finish. Definitely not to be drunk too early, this wine is better at least a year after bottling, and will stand up to strong flavoured shellfish (like mussels) and goats cheese salad.
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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.
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