The Doting Durbanville Hills
Durbanville Hills is “inspired by Cape Town”, offering guests the best in views, wines, and fine dining. I took a trip to the hills to taste the award-winning wines and Winter menu.
My partner and I found ourselves driving up a hill, with an immaculate view of the city of Cape Town before us, as we neared an impressive, modern building. Rows of vines covered the hills, as greenery surrounded us from the moment we entered the estate, with colourful sprigs of flowers and clear skies, relinquishing the worries of Winter: We had reached a state of bliss upon entering Durbanville Hills Wine Estate.
Stepping inside, we were welcomed with smiles. The bar to one side is a welcoming spot with its range of thirst quenchers, as well as the glass lounge alongside, allowing guests to sit within the wine cellar
filled with wooden barrels. Here, you can also learn about olive oil farming, which is cold extracted and available to buy by the bottle, much like the celebrated wines of Durbanville Hills. However, we were in search of the restaurant, eagerly anticipating a taste of the new menu.
The restaurant is upstairs and on the way towards it, we found decor inspired by contemporary structural pieces and artistic sculptures in earthy tones. The location of the restaurant affords views of the ocean, cityscape, and the rolling Durbanville Hills.
Marlin came to our table, introducing himself as our helping hand, ready to guide us through the menu and wine list. Deciding what to order from the seasonal menu of Chef Louisa Greeff was no easy task; everything reads like an adventure of flavours and tastes. The wines that followed, based on our menu choices, were all white. For starters, it was a Sauvignon Blanc with a subtle guava flavour, paired with our gnocchi and fishcake dishes. The gnocchi melted with every bite of the dumplings topped with parmesan and leeks, and micro leaves served alongside, while the lavish fishcake had citrus cells surrounding it, with avocado and a buttery prawn on top.
The ocean views inspired me to order the Fish of the Day for mains; the stone bass was flaky and decadent, served with aubergine puree and black rice. When I saw the Moroccan chicken dish my partner ordered, I could not resist a bite. The mouthful transported me to Marrakech, with the flavour combination of spicy cinnamon and olive salsa. The portions were generous, but we could not resist the dessert menu Merlin tempted us with.
After much deliberation, we settled on the chocolate Bains pudding (as recommended by Marlin) and carrot cake. The pudding was perfectly smooth on the palate, decorated with hazelnuts, deconstructed s’mores (with fluffy marshmallow, cracker crumbs, and dripping chocolate), and a helping of homemade ice-cream, all brought to life with edible flowers. The carrot cake held a scoop of ice-cream in its centre, with a textured cream cheese crumble on top. Added to this was a decadent caramel sauce, brandy snap, and flowers. We took our time delving into these pretty plates, sipping on vibrant Rhinofields Noble Late Harvest dessert wine and savouring the tastes.
Apart from the romance of wining and dining, guests to Durbanville Hills are able to learn about their commitment towards Social Responsibility initiatives to improve the quality of life of the employees on the farm. Furthermore, the winery adheres to Integrated Production of Wine (IPW), subscribing to environmentally-friendly grape growing practices.
Not far from the heart of Cape Town, Durbanville Hills transports you to a world of luxury and bliss with impeccable views of the Mother City and winelands. Visit the estate for a taste of local wines of international standing and dining at its finest.
For more information, please visit www.durbanvillehills.co.za, call +27 21 558 1300, or email email@example.com.
Inspired By Cape Town
Durbanville Hill is introducing a new premium offering in September: The Collector’s Reserve range, inspired by the radiant energy of Cape Town. The range is reflective of the landmarks of the city, which has visually been brought to life on the labels by Theo Vorster, a local artist using hand coloured Linocuts, making the range a collector’s item for both wine and art lovers alike. Be transported to The Castle of Good Hope Cabernet Sauvignon, The Cableway Chardonnay, or The Lighthouse Merlot, to name a few.