Allesverloren brings Swartland gems to 95 at Parks

Experience the best of Allesverloren wines and nurturing Italian winter comfort food at an exclusive dinner with Chef Giorgio Nava at 95 at Parks in Constantia on Friday, 26 July 2019.


This historic Swartland wine estate is known for its robust reds, Portuguese varieties and iconic Port-style wines.

The 4-couse menu of Chef Giorgio’s showstopper dishes takes guests on a journey of Milanese inspired fare, paired with a selection of these full-flavoured Allesverloren wines.

Teeming with strawberries and raspberries, the Allesverloren Tinta Rosé melds seamlessly with fresh hand cut salmon tartare. The balanced acidity of Allesverloren’s elegant Chenin Blanc is the perfect foil to cut through Chef Giorgio’s rich potato gnocchi and gorgonzola. For the main course of hearty grilled beef fillet with bearnaise and green peppercorn sauce, the full-bodied Allesverloren Cabernet Sauvignon hits the spot.
Dessert is a South African cheese selection with fruit compote and nuts, paired with Allesverloren’s famous Fine Old Vintage, one of the jewels of the Swartland, bringing the meal to a triumphant close.

Offering exceptional value at R380 per person for the 4-course dinner including the wines, the evening begins at 18h00 with a glass of Pongracz on arrival.

For bookings call Tel: 021-7610247 or email


95 at Parks is situated at 114 Constantia Main Road and is open for lunch and dinner from Monday to Saturday with secure parking on the premises.


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Bouchard Finlayson has teamed up with sister property Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat to present a gourmet food and wine weekend to be held from 26 – 28 July 2019 at the luxury lodge in the heart of the Cederberg. Guests will be hosted by winemaker Chris Albrecht and Executive Chef Charles Hayward.

Highlights of the weekend will be a bespoke wine tasting and an inspired food and wine pairing dinner on the Saturday. A variety of enriching and exhilarating lodge activities are also included, such as nature drives, guided rock art excursions, botanical walks, canoeing, archery, fly fishing and hiking. The 2-night event costs from R3795 per person sharing per night and includes all meals, selected wines and lodge activities.

Bouchard Finlayson group of 4

This outstanding gourmet experience in the wilderness will celebrate the marriage of fine cuisine and superb wines. Mouthwatering dishes will be perfectly matched with Bouchard Finlayson vintages that will include flagship wines Missionvale Chardonnay (2016) and Galpin Peak Pinot Noir (2017), as well as the sleek and complex Reserve Sauvignon Blanc (2017) and the 2016 vintage of the unique red blend, Hannibal.

Bookings: Telephone: +27 (0)21 437 9278; Email:


Seasoned, award-winning winemaker Lizelle Gerber is joining Nederburg Wines in Paarl as its new cellar-master, from 1 August.

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Nederburg, one of South Africa’s most pedigreed names in wine, is part of the newly-formed Libertas Vineyards and Estates, Distell’s independent premium and fine wine company.

“We are proud and excited to welcome Lizelle to the team,” says Niël Groenewald, managing director of Nederburg. “She brings an impressive set of innate talent and creativity, as well as practical knowledge and experience to the position of cellar-master.”

Gerber obtained her degree in winemaking at the Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute of Stellenbosch, following a one-year stint with the South African National Defence Force (SANDF). Here she learned perseverance, persistence and precision, she says, elements that are serving her well in her current vocation.

She started her winemaking career in 1996 at Zevenwacht, but it was her tenure at Avontuur in the early 2000s that cemented her love for the vine. In-between her time at these two estates, Gerber spent a harvest season in the Alsace region of France where she gained important early exposure to the international wine industry. She was winemaker at DGB’s Bellingham from 2004 after which she joined Boschendal in August 2006, where she worked for over a decade as its dedicated Methode Cap Classique (MCC) and white-wine maker.

In her new role, Gerber will oversee the production of Nederburg’s extensively awarded wine portfolio, and serve as mentor to young winemaking protégé for Pongrácz, Andiswa Mapheleba, to fast-track her development as a specialist MCC winemaker.
Visit for more information about Libertas Vineyards and Estates, or go to to find out more about this award-winning Paarl winery.


NEWS: Luddite and Genevieve Go Large in Jozi

On Sunday 14 July, two boutique Cape wineries put on a once-off showcase of their collection of extraordinary vintages. Dubbed the GO LARGE Lunch, the event sees 9-litre bottles from the famed Bot River region’s King of Shiraz and Queen of Méthode Cap Classique served up alongside the big, bold flavours of Urbanologi restaurant.

The featured wineries are Luddite, whose owner winemaker Niels Verburg is renowned for his Midas touch with the red cultivar, and Genevieve MCC, crafted by owner Melissa Nelsen. Both hail from Bot River in the Overberg.

Serving the Shiraz from 9-litre bottles and the MCC from magnums makes the occasion unique. The aim is to give enthusiasts the opportunity to experience the difference in taste that a large-format bottle makes.

Guests will be welcomed with canapes and the 2010 vintage Genevieve MCC, a tiny producer with small amounts bottled in magnums.

Then it’s onto a tapas-style lunch paired with five vintages of Luddite Shiraz out of 9-litre bottles and designed to show the varying effects that terroir, climate and crop size has on wine.

As for the bubbly, 2010 was the first year Melissa decided on magnums, setting aside just 120 bottles of her precious Genevieve MCC. Made from Chardonnay, the wine shows delicate and generous bubbles with crisp aromas of lime blossom, fig and hints of bright mineral flavours.

At Urbanologi, famed for fine, eco-friendly food, the wines meet a formidable partner. An ideal match with Bot River’s farmer-friendly philosophy thanks to chef Jack Coetzee’s new Project 150 culinary mantra – a sustainability declaration to source all ingredients except spices, within 150km of the restaurant.  For the GO LARGE Lunch, Jack steps goes away from his regular menu.

Sunday, 14 July, 12h00, R900 per person
To book contact Sharon at, or on 028 284 9308.


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Such was the enormity of the Holocaust and its impact that even with the passage of time, it should come as no surprise that books on the subject keep on being written. Of the many I have read and reviewed, each had its merit. Occasionally one comes along that elevates it from many, The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz is one such book.
Starting in the 1930’s, it is the true story of the Kleinmann family, who live a simple, ordinary life in Vienna. Gustav works as a furniture upholsterer, his wife Tini looks after their modest apartment. The couple’s greatest joy is their children: Fritz, Edith, Herta and Kurt.
Gustav and Fritz are among the first to be taken. Nazi police send the pair to Buchenwald in Germany, the beginning of an unimaginable ordeal. Over the months of suffering that follow, there is one constant that keeps them alive; the love between father and son.
The two discover that Gustav will be transferred to Auschwitz, and Fritz is faced with a massive decision: to let his father go alone to a certain death, or to follow him.
Concentration camp life is described in harrowing, gruesome detail and the book is certainly not for readers with a weak stomach. The sheer breadth of horror described will shake even those very familiar with those truths.
The Kleinmann’s story alone would be enough to elevate this Holocaust. Many of the genre, because their lead characters are no longer with us, suffer from a certain remoteness in the narrative.
But Jeremy Dronfield’s writing of it is anything but that and he skilfully creates a sense of ‘now’.
The Boy Who Followed His Father to Auschwitz is an extremely powerful book that will likely have a huge impact on its readers.

I recommend it unreservedly. One of my books of the year for 2019.


In celebration of 7 Days of Shiraz and Venison, I recently enjoyed a three course, shiraz-paired lunch at Pierneef a La Motte in Franschhoek, which was the climax to a wonderful morning at the Estate.

Before lunch, I took part in the La Motte Syrah Experience 2019, which was facilitated by La Motte’s cellar-master, Edmond Terblanche. Wearing his other hat, Edmond is chairman of Shiraz SA, so we couldn’t have been in better hands.

We started off in the cellars where we tasted some of the varietals that are blended with Syrah and we then headed for a tasting of 12 red blends that had a Syrah component in them.

As with the Sauvignon Blanc Experience I attended there a few weeks back, the wines in the Syrah Experience weren’t restricted to those from La Motte. We tried and enjoyed wines from a spectrum of South African labels and even some from France and Australia. What a privilege and what a tasting.

The reds certainly flowed. Tasting 24 wines in a morning was for me a first experience but to be honest, I could have enjoyed even more and happily, the lunch included pairing with three La Motte reds….

Pierneef a La Motte Executive Chef Eric Bulpitt had prepared a special menu for us to coincide with Shiraz and Venison Week.


We started with Pigeon Wellington (can’t remember ever having eaten pigeon before), it came with parsley farce and truffles. Rich and delicious and with a glass of 2016 La Motte Pierneef Syrah-Viognier – a lovely pairing. And, confession time, I had more of that wine at home a few days later with macaroni cheese, and that pairing also worked. A versatile wine indeed.


Our main course was Springbok with fire-roasted cabbage and a game jus. With it, we drank some 2016 La Motte Syrah. The ‘bok was beautifully cooked, tender, juicy and comfortably gamey. The Syrah and the springbok were symphonic in their harmony, totally delicious and my palate was shouting more as I swallowed the last bite of the meat. Wow!

Another confession, I am a life-long dessert fan and at a restaurant, I always look at the dessert menu first. The dessert that ended our lunch was as good as any I have ever eaten, it was a masterpiece.

It reads simply: Chocolate and Winter Spices, with textures of chocolate, star anise and cinnamon.


The picture does not do justice to the delicate detail of the dish, but the variety of textures, flavours and plating made for sublime eating and was dessert heaven. OMG. OMG. OMG. A glass of 2016 La Motte Shiraz-Grenache with it add a crescendo of pairing excellence.

As with each of my visits (with apologies): “ex La Motte semper aliquid novi” – From La Motte there is always something new.

And grateful I am for that.



It’s been a while since I visited Boschendal. The farm’s mix of historic buildings, scenic splendour, excellent eating and of course the fine Boschendal wines should not be a pairing infrequently enjoyed.




I have just, in part, happily remedied that by tasting their newly released Boschendal Nicolas 2016. Named after Nicolas de Lanoy who farmed there in the 17th Century, the wine is a shiraz-dominated red blend (58%) with Petit Verdot (14%), Cabernet Sauvignon (10%), Malbec (8%), Merlot (7%) and Cabernet Franc (3%).


The 2016 vintage was not an easy one, it was a very dry season, but Nicolas rose from the challenges, and winemaker and cellar-master Jacques Viljoen was certainly up to the task.

Medium-bodied, and well-balanced, it exudes lovely dark fruit and a hint of spice too. Very smooth drinking and with the Nicolas, Boschendal now has a red wine that reaches the same heights as their excellent MCCs. We drank most of the bottle before dinner and enjoyed what was left with a beef stew – the wine seemed to enjoy its meaty company

The Boschendal Nicolas 2016 sells for about R190 a bottle, which for a wine of this quality is not bad at all.

Why not make an outing of it and visit the pleasures of the Boschendal farm and at the same time try and get yourself some Nicolas.


Terra del Capo’s Winter Menu – an authentic taste of Italy

Winter takes centre stage as the inspiration for Terra del Capo Antipasti Bar’s seasonal menu, situated on Anthonij Rupert Estate. A carefully curated menu of quintessential Italian dishes, which features a handful of signature favourites as well as some new plates.

Choose from a selection of vegetarian, seafood and meat dishes as well as an assortment of platters for sharing. The tapas-style dishes perfectly complement the range of Protea, L’Ormarins, Cape of Good Hope, Anthonij Rupert and Terra del Capo wines available to enjoy with your dining experience.

TDC Antipasti bar Winter selection 2019

A firm favourite is the Italian mini Burrata complemented with artichokes, capers and pinenuts, served with a drizzling of White Balsamic and Zataar vinaigrette. Freshly prepared local smoked Salmon Trout, dressed in a Gremolata crème fraiche, preserved lemon and watercress. Highlights on this season’s menu are the estate raised Black Angus Beef and Truffles produced from their Altima Estate. To get your Truffle fix, look no further than the Truffled Polenta chips served with Truffle Aioli. Making a comeback is Chef HW’s estate-raised Black Angus Beef Italian style sausages as well as the mouthwatering Angus Beef Salsiccia Meatballs served in a heartwarming Beef Brodo.

The Terra del Capo Tasting Room and Antipasto Bar are open from Tuesday to Sunday (10am to 4:30pm), but pre-booking is essential. For more information and reservations contact or phone 021 874 9041.

NEWS: It’s showtime as live jazz and delicious fondue return to Delheim

Every Sunday from June 23 to August 25

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There’s nothing like a little jazz to warm the cockles of your heart. So, get your fix this winter at Delheim wine estate’s popular Jazz & Fondue that runs from June 23 to August 25.

The event again takes place in Delheim’s cosy, Downstairs wine tasting cellar.

Tickets give you access to a sizzling pot of melted cheese, along with fresh bread and vegetables for dipping. Optional extras available to order include starters, meats, dessert and coffee, along with wines that will also be on sale by the glass or bottle.

The Cape Town Music Academy is proud to once again partner with Delheim and Jazz in the Native Yards to bring an exciting line up of some of the freshest and most talented jazz artists to the winelands

Jazz in the Native Yards is a traveling live jazz gig that promotes jazz performance and listenership across the Western Cape including townships, cultural centres and festivals.

The fat sounds of jazz giants like Winston Mankunku Ngozi, Robbie Jansen and Chris McGregor will be relived through a spectrum of jazz musicians. In the mix will be some “pata pata” from Sima Mashazi who with Schalk Joubert wowed the crowds at the most recent Woordfees festival in Stellenbosch.

Also in the line-up is Thembelihle Dunjana, a young Jazz pianist hailing from Gugulethu who started playing the piano at the age of 11. Her passion for jazz grew during her high school years at Bergvliet High and she ultimately ended up at the UCT College of Music where she graduated with a B. Music degree.

Thembelihle has found that the sounds of Mccoy Tyner, John Coltrane and Bheki Mseleku resonate with her, and is strongly influenced by the sounds of these legends and her band has an easily recognisable swing feel, and a strong African influence.

The line-up for the Delheim Jazz & Fondue events features:

The Unity Band June 23;
Darren English Trio (trumpet) June 30;
Mike Rossi Quartet (saxophone) July 7;
Thembelihle Dunjana Quartet (piano) July 14;
Tumi Pheto Quintet (trumpet) July 21;
Buddy Wells Quartet (saxophone) July 28;
John Hassan (percussions) August 4;
Ramon Alexander August 11;
Schalk Joubert August 18; and,
Bongani Sotshononda and Babalwa Meintjies (vocals and marimba) August 25

Reservations are required and can be done online through Quicket. Tickets are R350 per person. Entry includes glühwein on arrival, the music entertainment (band cover charge) and the fondue (with bread and vegetables). Note that all starters, meats and desserts will be charged extra. Wines will be on sale by the bottle or glass. Each lunchtime show runs from noon to 15:00.

Find Delheim on Facebook,; Twitter @Delheim and Instagram @delheimwines or contact the winery on tel: 021 888 4600.

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NEWS: Constantia restauranteur comes full circle with Botanicum Grill and Café

The Constantia restaurant scene gained a new all-day eatery recently when contemporary Botanicum Café & Grill opened its doors, serving seasonal modern European dishes using the best Cape produce.

Botanicum Café & Grill - Co-founder and sommelier Marc Botes

Botanicum is managed by co-founder and sommelier Marc Botes: “What we offer is unpretentious, there’s a deliberately informal, social atmosphere in the room. Our menu is centred around sustainable, seasonal produce, and our ever-changing wine list aims to share wines from smaller artisanal producers.”

Botes and wife Amy have enjoyed a successful run in the restaurant industry after setting up Chalk & Cork in Kloof Street and partnering with Devil’s Peak Taproom.

Now Botanicum brings Botes full circle, back to Constantia where his love of wine started. He is showcasing the best seasonal produce and his passion for off the beaten track, terroir-driven wines.

As the restaurant transitions from day to night, a highlight is their grills, cooked in a charcoal oven, with daily cuts sourced from local ethical butchers.
When it comes to fish, Botanicum partners with Abalobi and together champion diverse, responsibly sourced, low impact and locally caught fish.

“We are both a food and a wine destination, offering local Constantia wines alongside some of the Cape’s best new wave counterparts from surrounding regions.”


Botanicum Cafe & Grill
Shop 6, High Constantia Centre
Constantia Main Road
Cape Town

Tel: +27 21 794 7843