Saturday the 22nd saw us taking on the R44, further than we have ever been, to Slaley Wine Estate. After a while, thinking we had missed it we took the bend and there it was. Whilst driving up to the Bistro and Tasting area, we were surprised at all the direction signs there is so much on offer at this picturesque estate. Slaley Wine Estate formerly known as Simonsig was bought by the Hunting Family in 1957, by Martín Hunting. Now run by Lindsay Hunting and today we were lucky to be treated to a very informative and most interesting pairing by the man himself.
They currently offer 3 pairings:
- 5 Wines of the Day 50 p/p
- 4 Wines & 4 CheesesR 65.00 p/p
- 5 Wines , 2 Cheeses, 2 Biltong and 1 Droe Wors R 235.00 p/p (by appointment only)
- They currently have a Groupon deal running please check it out.
Slaley Wines have 4 ranges, 1st one being the Reserve Range –this is a very exclusive range produced, as per their website it’s an experiment that went right and only a limited number are bottled, excellent wine to add to your cellar. We got to sample from the other 3 ranges, namely the classic styled Slaley Wine which would age well, the less wooded and fruitier, Broken Stone Range and then last but certainly not least the Social Range, “Lindsay’s Whimsy”, a Wine ready to enjoy now.
The Slaley Bistro and Pizza Garden are open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00-16:00 and offer a selection of light meals, salads, delicious pizza’s and desserts of course. What could be better than having a glass of Slaley Wine, enjoying the yummy pizza on a beautiful Cape Town day?
If you looking for something different they have on site Clay Pigeon Shooting, the guys at Clay Pigeon Adventures, are there Wednesday through Saturday and it really is something we should at least give a shot, excuse the pun .
Being very apprehensive in the days leading up to today I must be honest, I was nervous as hell about holding a rifle for the first time ever in my life, shooting this weapon, and then knowing I can’t even net a ball or shoot the target in a video game, I was just so scared of the embarrassment of not hitting a single target. Wesley and the other guys must have seen the fear on my face and were so nice and kept reassuring me that it really wasn’t going to as bad as I think and honestly is was amazing.
I listened to everything he told me and when the 1st shot rang out the initial ricochet was a bit alarming but I leaned in held on and was ready now, I managed to hit 3 out of the 5 shots I had, and was very impressed with myself of course Jason got 4 out of 5, but that’s ok, because at least now we know my aim isn’t that bad, I just need the net to move and not be stationary ;).
Clay Pigeon Shooting Price List
Standard Package R125 for 5 shots
R225 for 10 shots
The currently running a Saturday Special for R 335 per person, you can enjoy 1 Pizza , 1 glass of Wine or Beer and 10 Clay Pigeon Shots.
So please give Wesley and the guys a shout at email@example.com, you won’t be disappointed.
So onto our pairing with Mr Hunting, initially he comes across as very serious, but I am happy to say he really isn’t. He has a typical English personality and once you get that, you will enjoy yourself just as we did. I found him so knowledgeable and really displayed a passion for his wines.
He gave a definition of what tannins are and that was a light bulb moment for me, because when trying to explain to people what tannins are I just could never get right words for that taste or sensation and the Green Banana taste in your mouth hit the nail on the head perfectly.
Back to our pairing, we had 5 wine-filled glasses, consisting of the Slaley Cab/Merlot ’08; Slaley Merlot ’06; Lindsay’s Rosé ’13; Broken Stone Cabernet Sauv ’07; Lindsay’s Whimsy ’11 and then a creamy Blue cheese, Camembert, Droe Wors, Beef and Kudu Biltong also a Smokey cheese to add another dimension to the tasting.
The idea is that you not only taste the “food” with what it’s paired with, but also play around with the various wines and “food”. Not being a Blue Cheese fan, I must admit the Slaley Cab/Mer made the cheese a lot more palatable…Of our group the majority found No 4. The Broken Stone Cabernet Sauvignon ’07 the most versatile wine, as it complimented almost everything before us.
All in all a very enlightening experience, we all went away with a lot more knowledge of wines, and for that we thank you Sir.
So next time you hit the R44, drive a little further, you will be surprised at the little gems you end up discovering.
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