The Dot­ing Dur­banville Hills

Premier Magazine (South AFrica) - - Contents - Text: Shan­non Cor­reia Im­ages © 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 info@dur­banville­hills.co.za.

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.

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