I am so excited to share today’s post with you!
Last week, I was fortunate enough to be part of a group of friends invited to Franschoek to experience a few wine farms during the more quiet winter months, the first one being the Anthonij Rupert Estate, and much to our delight, the weather was incredibly courteous and added to the already stunning scenery, with the sun shining on every corner of the estate, highlighting the beauty and magnificence of farm.
We started off at the tasting room, which is the recently refurbished Manor house, where Graham Beck used to reside before the farm was sold. The furnishing is absolute elegance, old school luxury at it’s best. I fell in love instantaneously!
We were then led outside onto the veranda to enjoy a tasting of the L’Ormarins MCC wines, paired with their beautiful hand made nougat, which features ingredients like Italian Ice cream and candied fruit.
There are three MCC’s to try, the L’Ormarins Brut, the Blanc De Blanc and the Brut Rose, which all rival the best Champagne you have tried guaranteed! The sample tasting goes for R60, literally nothing for the quality of wine you’ll get, the nougat as well as the view overlooking the rose garden and the draping mountains.
Next, we took a tram ride across the estate to view an extensive private collection of prized cars which make up the Franschoek Motor Museum. I’m not much of an automobile fan, mostly because I don’t know much about cars, but I can tell you I understand glamour, opulence, and style.. and that’s the best way I’d describe the exhibition, which is changed every six months to showcase the rest of the collection. The museum sprawls over four structures, and features gems like the first Ford imported into the country, the Mandela BMW as well as a £20 000 000 McLaren! You can read up more about this collection on www.lifestylez.co.za and theblackconnoisseur.wordpress.com
Our next stop was our scheduled Shiraz and Charcuterie pairing which had a selection of wines as well the best quality cold meats, the wines are of premium quality and lucky for me, my friend The Average South African gifted me with a bottle to bring back home. Read up on all the descriptions and prices of the wines we tried including the MCC’s on www.averagesouthafrican.com
Now the Terra Del Capo is not only a tasting room, but is also an elegant restaurant with some of the best food I’ve ever tried. We all ordered two dishes off the menu and we were blown away. I ordered the Calamari, perfectly fried. Crunchy on the outside but tender and well seasoned on the inside! I tried the lasagne as well, my word.. the layered flavours, the fresh pasta, absolute perfection! I tried my friends venison tartare and it was incredible! Fresh, with zesty flavours perfectly balanced. The Pollenta chips were a favourite, and I stole more than a few from everyone’s plates! The portions are very generous, and the pricing is more than reasonable. Definitely visiting again when I’m back in Franschoek.
All in all, the whole day was a series of gasps over our disbelief of the beauty all over the sprawling estate, the service, the wine and the food. This is definitely a destination you must experience for yourself! Thank you to the team for an unforgettable experience!