I cannot think of anywhere better to pair both sweet and savoury pleasures than on a wine and olive farm. I have enjoyed many food and wine pairings over the years, but to be tempted by an estate that I cannot currently get to, just teases my appetite for both travel and food, and I will definitely have to include this on my next sojourn to the Cape.
It would be selfish of me not to share this indulgence, as I know so many of you love the same things I do, and therefore I urge you to head to the Overberg to Gabriëlskloof.
Their Food & Wine Pairing Menu, so I have been told, marries a tantalising array of mini gourmet taste sensations with estate wines in its tasting lounge on the ‘koppie’ outside Bot River.
They provide the perfect setting for a quick business meeting; an afternoon catch up with the girls, a sensory stopover in the countryside or when you feel a little peckish and need a pick-me-up, there bite-size delights are tweaked on a seasonal basis to reveal new, innovative tastes that showcase the food-friendly charm of Gabriëlskloof’s wines.
At a mere R65 per head, guests can opt for the White Wines Pairing Pleasure, which includes a choice of four wines, each paired with a mouth – watering morsel.
This will definitely tempt your tastebuds:
The off-dry Rosebud – a Shiraz/Viognier Rosé – is expertly paired with a piece of Olive Oil Poached Trout, topped with a grape fruit segment and candied fennel. Next up is a Gooseberry & Lemongrass Marinated Grilled Prawn to go with the crisp and tropical Sauvignon Blanc, followed by a Smoked Gruyère & Leek “Puff” to complement the lightly wooded Magdalena, the estate’s Reserve Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc blend.
Then a Rice Paper Roll filled with “Coronation” Chicken and celery marries the aromatic Viognier. Last but not least the Semillon/Viognier Noble Late Harvest, which recently scooped a ‘Sommelier’s Choice’ award for its 2013 vintage in the Stickys Category of the inaugural Sommeliers Selection Awards, is served with Orange & Almond Polenta Cake to end the tasting experience on a decadent high.
For R75 per person, red wine lovers can revel in a Red Wines Pairing Pleasure of four cellar gems with matching bites. The smooth Bordeaux blend, The Blend, works its magic with a Pulled Pork Mini Burger; whilst the more intense, flagship Bordeaux blend, the Five Arches, shares the spotlight with a Slow Cooked Oxtail Croquette. The perfumed Shiraz is served with an earthy Butternut & Gorgonzola Quiche and the richly intense, flagship Swartrivier Shiraz makes a royal impression with Mushroom & Truffle Risotto. The Noble Late Harvest/Orange Cake duo also rounds off the red pairing.
Or why not go all out and enjoy the Complete Gabriëlskloof Pairing, which encompasses a choice of nine wines and matching morsels at R140 per person.
I would definitely want to indulge in a little Wine & Honest Chocolate.
I know, you are already asking what is Honest Chocolate? Fortunately it is not chocolate that tells everyone how much you really ate of it – it is far more sophisticated – and in fact if it did tell, it would be okay as it is sugar and dairy free.
Honest Chocolate uses raw, organic cacao sourced from Ecuador to produce pure dark chocolate, which is high in antioxidants and contains no dairy, sugar or emulsifiers.
“These are the only chocolates that should be paired with our wines,” says Nicolene Finlayson, Tasting Room Manager. “Because the chocs are dairy-free and contain no emulsifiers, one gets a clean ‘chocolate’ flavour that creates magic in your mouth, when paired with our wines! We have even paired one of our white wines, the Viognier, with an orange flavoured chocolate and WOW what a combination that is!” she added.
Also at R65 per person for a set of five exotic chocolates paired with five estate wines, chocoholics are in for a cloud nine indulgence.
You can also enjoy wine tasting, buy farm honey on tap, enjoy a country –inspired lunch at the deli – or tie the knot!
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Gabriëlskloof Estate is just outside Bot River, on the Swartrivier Road, off the N2.