What is a trip out to the winelands without taking part in a great pairing on one of the estates? Many estates have sweetened the experience by moving away from the traditional cheese or chocolate pairing and have introduced some unique experiences. We decided to try them all and have put together a list of the top five must-do pairing experiences in the Cape.
This estate is tucked into the gorgeous Devon Valley, a less frequented part of Stellenbosch. It boasts some of the most exquisitely luscious views from the wrap-around balcony and garden seating. Don’t think blueberry and chocolate ice-creams though. Executive chef, Nadia Louw Smith, is an inspired and creative genius and creates the most unusual ice-creams to compliment the estate’s wines Don’t believe me? On this visit we tried the passion fruit, chilli and coconut ice-cream which was matched with with the Sauvignon Blanc Brut which cleanses the palate of the heat of the chilli. The strawberry and rosemary meringue ice-cream is next with the Ellie MCC, which balances the round flavours of the rosemary. Paired with the Chardonnay is a vanilla shortbread and gooseberry ice-cream which infuses the delicious creamy tastes perfectly. Ending off the pairing is the highly unusual, but absolutely flavoursome sweet potato and dill ice-cream with the limited edition of Spirit of Malverne. This is an absolute must-do this summer before Chef changes the menu and brings out her new ranges of ice-cream!
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Are you not in the mood for a sweet pairing, and would rather have something more substantial? Then this exclusive estate is not to be missed! Head Chef, Carmen Muller, has whipped up a delicious pairing of the estate’s flagship wines with some of the most decadent tapas. Don’t be fooled though, this is essentially a full meal that is set out in front of you, so come hungry. We also highly recommend ordering a glass of the Barons de Rothschild Brut Champagne to start! The Rupert & Rothschild Wine and Food Pairing starts with the crisp white Baroness Nadine which is paired with a lightly battered Kingklip fritter with Romesco Sauce. Moving to the reds, the Rupert Rothschild Classique is paired with a Cloudy Pear Braised Pork Belly which sits on a crunchy brussel sprout, fennel and apple slaw type salad. Ending off the pairing is the Rupert & Rothschild Baron Edmund, matched with the Karoo Lamb Shoulder, a potato fondant and glazed carrot. The entire experience is decadent and well worth the R190!
Villieria is a Stellenbosch favourite and, situated close to the R304, is either the perfect first or last stop of the day. They offer a Nougat and MCC pairing, a novel concept born when the Villieria stand was placed next to the Sally Williams stand at a food and wine show. Their fresh, light Grier Brut is paired with the honey nougat packed with almonds and cranberries. The Tradition Brut, a fruity, white bubbles paired with the Macadamia Honey Nougat to add the creamy, buttery aspect to the tasting. Their rich, Monro Brut is tasted with the Almond Nougat which brings out the nuttiness in the MCC and lastly, the delicious Brute Rose, a Pinotage, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay blend is paired with the rose pink Turkish Delight. Make sure you catch this pairing for only R80 per person.
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This estate is a more “off the beaten track” than most of the other estates and greets visitors with its thick, almost tropical vegetation. Hosted in the cool cellar, the estate offers a cupcake and wine pairing for R75 per person. The pairing includes a matching of a pomegranate cupcake with the Pinotage Rosé. You then move on to the delicious Rooibos infused cupcake with lemon and cream cheese. This fresh, lemony experience is paired with the Chenin Blanc Wild Ferment. The Pinotage is paired with the unusual pumpkin and vanilla cupcake while the deliciously sweet Gewürztraminer is served with the traditional Makataan cupcake. This wild melon sensation, topped with syrup icing is perfectly paired with this unusual, fruity wine.
The Gewürztraminer is certainly one of the most unusual wines that we simply love and we simply had to buy a few bottles when we got back! Prominent notes of Turkish Delight, orange blossom and litchi come through on the nose and are carried right through to the palate with graceful intensity and silky opulence. This is a not to be missed!
This estate is located closer to Somerset West and offers a full-days outing to visitors. Not only do they have a Market to visit, but they also offer various pairing options as well as a great restaurant. We tried the Turkish Delight pairing and loved how the various flavours complimented each other perfectly. The Brut MCC was paired with the almond Turkish Delight, Brut Rose MCC with Rose Turkish Delight, Winemaker’s Selection Chardonnay with Orange Turkish Delight and Honey Liqueur with Ginger Turkish Delight. This pairing will only set you back R55 and it is worth it to do both this and the chocolate pairing that they offer.
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