Restaurant Week – Mondiall Kitchen & Bar

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Mondiall Kitchen & Bar. a modern brassiere in the heart of the V&A Waterfront. The space is really interesting; you could almost call in an industrial work of art.

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Where the space inspires the gastronomical works of arts one gets to enjoy.

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Offering for Restaurant Week

Lunch: R145 for 2 courses

(Starter and Main or Main and Dessert)

 

Starter

Buffalo Wings

Circa 1964, Buffalo, NY, USA smoked chilli baste, ranch dressing, celery salad

Or

Sesame Prawn Toast

Circa 1800 – Guangzhou, China spring onion dipping sauce

Main

Fish & Chips

Circa 1860, Yorkshire, England
ale battered hake, skinny chips, tartar sauce, ‘yorkshire caviar’

Or

Cheeseburger & Fries

Circa 1885–1904, Disputed 180g wagyu beef patty, ‘all the fixins’, umami ketchup

Dessert 

Lime Panna Cotta

Circa 1244, Piedmont, Italy coconut parfait, seasonal fruit salad, sesame tuille

Or

Baked Cheesecake

Circa 1929, Philadelphia, USA orange cinnamon caramel, almond shortbread

 

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 Dinner: R225 for 3 courses

(Starter, Main & Dessert)

 Starter

StarterGame Fish Tataki in Sesame

Circa 1900, Tosa Province, Japan chilli, ponzu

Or

Glazed Pork Belly

Pineapple salsa, crackling, cucumber, honey soy

Main 

Grilled Sirloin Café de Paris

Circa 1932, Geneva, Switzerland 280g sirloin steak, café de Paris butter, French fries, mushroom ragout

Or

Poisson du Jour

Fish of the Day chef’s choice of seared line caught fish

Dessert 

Maple & Pecan Pie

Circa 1930, Burlington, Vermont, USA milk ice cream, bourbon syrup, blueberries

Or

Chocolate & Guinness Pudding

Circa 1759, St. James Gate, Ireland café latte ice cream, caramelized banana, bitter chocolate sauce.

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Arriving at 12:00pm Brunch/Lunch was served. We chose to order from both The Restaurant Week Menu as well as the A la Carte Menu.

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From the Restaurant Week Menu we tried the following:

Starter-Buffalo Wings
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Starters – Buffalo Wings, smoked Chili basting, Ranch dressing and Celery sticks. Simply yummy, you just had to get in there and enjoy it, sticky fingers and all.  A little spicy, but not overpowering and the Ranch Dressing added another dimension to the sticky wings.

Starter-Buffalo Wings
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Starter - Sesame Prawn Toast
                              Starter – Sesame Prawn Toast

Starters – Sesame Prawn Toast with Spring Onion dipping Sauce. A very interesting dish, having never tasted it, I was pleasantly surprise and the dipping sauce was really good as well. The sweet Prawns and the salty dipping sauce was the perfect combination.

Starter - Sesame Prawn Toast
                           Starter – Sesame Prawn Toast

A LA CARTE MENU – Starters –Seafood Ceviche, lime, sour crème Panna Cotta, crispy Shallot vinaigrette Refreshingly good, every bite was another burst of flavour. Dish of the Day.

Starter - Seafood Cevich
                                                Starter – Seafood Ceviche
Starter - Seafood Ceviche
                                                 Starter – Seafood Ceviche
Trio of Starters
                                                              Trio of Starters

RESTAURANT WEEK MENU – Mains – Fish & Chips, Beer battered fried hake, tartar sauce, Yorkshire caviar (mushy peas) and hand cut fries. The fish was perfectly cooked and nice and flaky. The beer batter was really good, nicely puffed up batter, crispy, but keeps the fish moist and delicious. The mushy peas were simply divine…

Main-Fish & Chips
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Main-Fish & Chips
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Main-Fish & Chips
                                                               Main-Fish & Chips

A LA CARTE MENU – Mains – Norwegian Salmon, grilled with greens and Asian Sauce. Being serves the Asian Sauce on the side we loved it so much we simply emptied the sauce onto the Salmon and greens and the dish was a perfect balanced broth.

Norwegian Salmon
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Norwegian Salmon
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Norwegian Salmon
                                                      Norwegian Salmon

RESTAURANT WEEK MENU – Dessert – Vanilla Panna Cotta, with Raspberry coulis and fresh Summer Berries. Light Panna Cotta, slightly tarte coulis, perfectly balanced.

Dessert -Lime Panna Cotta
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Dessert - Panna Cotta
                                       Dessert – Panna Cotta   

A modern take on Brasserie food, fresh flavours, perfectly prepared dishes and excellent service.

SEE FULL ALBUM HERE

For more information call Mondiall on +27 21 418-3002 or email them reservations@mondiall.co.za

Restaurant Week 2015-Karibu Restaurant in the V&A Waterfront

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Modern African inspired cuisine a mixed fusion of African ambiance blends itself with the flavours of our rich and diverse cultural heritage.

Their Restaurant Week Offer was:

Lunch: R145 for 2 courses

(Starter & Main – optional Dessert at an additional charge of R45)

 

Starter

Bobotie spring rolls

Lightly fried and served with banana yoghurt and chutney

Fresh mussels

In a white wine, cream and garlic sauce, served with roosterkoek

 

Main 

Ostrich fillet

From the Karoo – healthy, lean and tasty – grilled and served with a sweet onion marmalade sauce o ignored

  • Peanut & Honey Sesame Chicken

Chicken marinated in a nutty sesame soya sauce, served on herbed mash or putu & chakalaka

 

Dessert (optional)

Traditional South African dumplings

prepared in a cinnamon and sugar sauce, served with Ice Cream

Having been to Karibu on previous occasions we knew what to expect and even though we hadn’t been there in a while, the service, food and ambiance was still excellent.

Then of course there are the famous Karibu breadsticks, which is one of the major reasons we keep coming back. Simply divine.

The restaurant’s was very accommodating and whilst they offered a set Menu for Restaurant Week they also offer their A la Carte Menu. We choose the full Restaurant Week Menu and also some dishes from the A la Carte Menu.

Starters

PRAWN COCKTAIL -
                      A LA CARTE MENU – PRAWN COCKTAIL 

A LA CARTE MENU – PRAWN COCKTAIL – Prawn tails with a piquant home-made seafood sauce, served with crostini. Not being a fan of Prawn Cocktail I can say this one was good, perhaps less sauce,but other than that it was pleasant.

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BOBOTIE SPRINGROLLS – Lighty fried and served with Banana Yoghurt and Chutney.
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BOBOTIE SPRINGROLLS – Lightly fried and served with Banana Yoghurt and Chutney.Really good Bobotie,the traditionalist might not appreciate the Banana yoghurt,but I was indifferent. To me the Chutney and Springrolls would have been good enough as is.

BOBOTIE SPRINGROLLS
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MUSSEL POT
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RESTAURANT WEEK MENU – MUSSEL POT  – Fresh mussels in a white wine and garlic sauce, served with roosterkoek. I loved this starter,the sauce was excellent and they do give you loads of mussels,could have passed for main as it is quite rich.

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Mains

PEANUT & HONEY SESAME CHICKEN
                                      PEANUT & HONEY SESAME CHICKEN

RESTAURANT WEEK MENU – PEANUT & HONEY SESAME CHICKEN – marinated in a nutty sesame soy sauce. Served on putu and chakalaka. This was another hit,soft,succulent chicken. I choose the salad instead of the Putu and Chalaka and it was really delicious as well.

PEANUT & HONEY SESAME CHICKEN
                                  PEANUT & HONEY SESAME CHICKEN

RESTAURANT WEEK MENU – OSTRICH FILLET – From the Karoo – healthy, lean and tasty – grilled and served with a sweet onion marmalade sauce. Cooked Medium Rare the fillet was cooked to perfection

OSTRICH FILLET
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OSTRICH FILLET
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Dessert

MILKTART
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A LA CARTE MENU – MILKTART – Old family recipe – short crust pastry filled with cinnamon infused custard.Delectable,delightful,delicious. Perfect !!!

MILKTART
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Karibu has a formula that clearly works which is why we keep going back. Keep up the high standards guys,we well see you soon.

SEE FULL ALBUM HERE

For more information call Karibu on +27 21 421 7005/6 or email them kariburestaurant@mweb.co.za

Restaurant Week 2015 – Simon’s Restaurant on Groot Constantia Wine Estate

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Our first visit to Simon’s Restaurant was indeed a pleasure. We chose this as the 1st for our Restaurant Week experience and it was certainly a good choice. Groot Constantia certainly lives up to its name, in all aspects.

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For Restaurant Week they have 2 offers either Lunch or Dinner.

Lunch (choose 2 for R 95.00)

Starters

Chicken Liver Parfait

Or

Caprese Salad

Mains

Ravioli

Or Salmon Fish Cake

Dessert

Cheesecake Mousseline

Or

Chocolate Mousse

Dinner (choose 3 for R 175.00)

Starters

Creamy Blue Cheese and Broccoli Soup

Or

Salt & Pepper Fried Calamari

Or

Caprese Salad

Mains

Slow braised Lamb Shoulder

Or

Pan Fried Line Fish

Or

½ Mozambican Chicken

Or

Mushroom Tagliatelle

Dessert

Cheesecake Mousseline

Or

Chocolate Mousse

Or

Salted Caramel Panna Cotta

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They are so accommodative and we could order from their Daily Specials as well as the A la Carte Menu.

We tried dishes from all three options and we were not disappointed.

These were the choices we made:

Restaurant Week Menu:

Starter - Creamy Blue Cheese and Broccoli Soup
                                 Starter – Creamy Blue Cheese and Broccoli Soup
Starter - Creamy Blue Cheese and Broccoli Soup
Starter – Creamy Blue Cheese and Broccoli Soup

Starter – Creamy Blue Cheese and Broccoli Soup – delicious and moreish.

Mains – Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder with Salsa Verde
                       Mains – Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder with Salsa Verde

Main – Slow braised Lamb Shoulder –succulent and melt in your mouth.

Dessert – Cheesecake Mousseline
                           Dessert – Cheesecake Mousseline

Dessert – Cheesecake Mousseline – not too sweet, perfect ending to the Restaurant Week Menu.

A la Carte Menu:

Starter - Fresh Black Mussels
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Starter - Fresh Black Mussels
Starter – Fresh Black Mussels

Starter – Fresh Black Mussels creamy white wine and herb sauce – one of the best sauces and they don’t skimp on their mussels either.

Spicy Mozambican Prawns with toasted bread
                 A la Carte Menu Spicy Mozambican Prawns with toasted bread
Spicy Mozambican Prawns
Spicy Mozambican Prawns

Starter – Spicy Mozambican Prawns with toasted bread – Authentic Mozambican Spice. Not for the faint hearted, but so heavenly you can’t resist.

Mains - Slow Braised Pork Belly
                                          A la Carte Menu Mains – Slow Braised Pork Belly

Mains – Slow Braised Pork Belly creamed potato with a smoky jus – Smokey jus and the Pork Belly perfectly cooked.

Daily Special Menu:

Daily Special – Chorizo & Calamari
                                        Daily Specials Menu – Chorizo & Calamari

Starter – Chorizo & Calamari – Dish of the night, just the right amount of spiciness from the Chorizo brought out the best of the calamari.

Mains – Eisebein
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Mains – Eisebein & Creamy, Garlic Mash – Literally fell apart, tastes of Christmas, loved this one too.

Dessert - New York Baked Cheesecake
                                     A la Carte Menu – Dessert – New York Baked Cheesecake
Dessert - Home Made Ice Creams a trio of scoops consisting of Rum & Raison, Chocolate Brownie and Salted Popcorn.
A La Carte Menu Dessert – Home Made Ice Creams a trio of scoops consisting of Rum & Raisin, Chocolate Brownie and Salted Popcorn.

We really enjoyed our first night at Simon’s Restaurant; we loved the relaxed atmosphere, excellent service and delicious food.

We will be back for sure!

SEE FULL ALBUM HERE.

For more information on Simon’s Restaurant please call them on 0217941143 or email them info@simons.co.za.

Restaurant Week – the Parisian-inspired Steakhouse HQ Restaurant – 23 October 2015

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Second up on our Restaurant Week was HQ Restaurant.Situated at 100 Shortmarket St, Cape Town,in the heart of the CBD, you will find some of the best Steak and Tapas in CT.

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Their Restaurant Week offer is:

Lunch at R 95.00

Crispy cos and Iceberg lettuce salad with toasted Pine nuts, Parmesan shavings and a Vinaigrette dressing.

A perfectly grilled Sirloin (125g) sourced locally and from Botswana, topped with their signature Café de Paris butter and

Served with Skinny fries

Dinner at R 175.00

Crispy cos and Iceberg lettuce salad with toasted Pine nuts, Parmesan shavings and a Vinaigrette dressing.

A perfectly grilled Sirloin (125g) sourced locally and from Botswana, topped with their signature Café de Paris butter and

Served with Skinny fries

Your choice of dessert

Crème Brulée

Chocolate Fondant

Cheesecake

Malva Pudding

Lemon Tart

HQ

We had to sample their Bar Snacks/Tapas and certainly weren’t disappointed.

Bar Snacks/Tapas

TEMPURA STYLE CALAMARI – Served with a spicy Salsa Mayonnaise.

One of the best we have tasted, crispy crunchy outside but moist and succulent on the inside. The Mayo also just added the exact amount of bite it needed.

TEMPURA STYLE CALAMARI - Served with a spicy salsa mayonnaise
                                               TEMPURA STYLE CALAMARI 

CHORIZO CHILLI POPPERS – Wrapped in phyllo pastry and served with a spicy salsa mayonnaise.

An interesting take on the Chilli Popper, the finely diced Chorizo added another dimension of spiciness. Good addition indeed.

CHORIZO CHILLI POPPERS - Wrapped in phyllo pastry and served with a spicy salsa mayonnaise.
                                               CHORIZO CHILLI POPPERS

PRAWNS & MOZZARELLA SPRINGROLLS – With sweet chilli Hoisin and Basil pesto.

Yet another winner, the sweet prawn, mozzarella combination is perfectly complimented by the dipping sauce.

PRAWNS & MOZZARELLA SPRINGROLLS - With sweet chilli Hoisin and basil pesto
                     PRAWNS & MOZZARELLA SPRINGROLLS 

SIRLOIN CUBES – 125g wet-aged grilled Sirloin cubes with Café de Paris butter.

A perfect dish for the not so hungry, the cubes were cooked to perfection, moist, flavourful and yummy.

SIRLOIN CUBES - 125g wet-aged grilled Sirloin cubes with Café de Paris butter
                                       SIRLOIN CUBES 

HQ SIGNATURE LOBBY ROLLS – Crayfish, spring onion, and mayonnaise in soft toasted rolls.

Sad to say this was the only dish that didn’t excite us. We just found the dish a bit large. The roll should perhaps be smaller and softer. Also the mayo totally overpowered the crayfish. Perhaps some refining to the dish would help to bring it up to the high standards of all the others.

HQ SIGNATURE LOBBY ROLLS - Crayfish, spring onion, and mayonnaise in soft toasted rolls
                                              HQ SIGNATURE LOBBY ROLLS 

It’s never too early for a cocktail and they have a large selection of choices, there will certainly be one for anyone. I sampled IT’S PIMMS ‘O CLOCK! – Pimms, raspberry infused Vodka, Cloudy Apple Juice and all the fresh fruit you could want.It tasted as yummy as it looks 🙂

IT’S PIMMS ‘O CLOCK! - Pimms, raspberry infused Vodka, Cloudy Apple Juice and all the fresh fruit you could want
                                     IT’S PIMMS ‘O CLOCK! 

Then onto our Restaurant Week Meal.

SALAD, STEAK & CHIPS – A tried and tested meal which made HQ famous and they do it so well, everything cooked to perfection, simple good food.

Their Signature Dish

Crispy cos and iceberg lettuce salad with toasted pine nuts, parmesan shavings and a vinaigrette dressing.

A perfectly grilled sirloin, topped with their signature Café de Paris butter and served with skinny fries.

SALAD, STEAK & CHIPS
                                                      SALAD, STEAK & CHIPS

Lastly we choose the Deconstructed Lemon Meringue, all the elements in the correct proportions for you to construct the prefect mouthful to your taste.

Deconstructed Lemon Meringue
                                       Deconstructed Lemon Meringue
Deconstructed Lemon Meringue
                                             Deconstructed Lemon Meringue
Deconstructed Lemon Meringue
                              Deconstructed Lemon Meringue

Another amazing meal in an awesome venue…

They open Mondays – Saturdays and offer amazing daily specials,please visit their HQ website for all the information.

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African inspired,modern accommodation at Marianne Wine Estate

Marianne Estate has 8 suites on the estate. Four lofts suite and 4 suites in the Manor House.

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The Manor House – The Owner’s Villa

Boast with three en-suite bedrooms and a poolside cottage.

The Master Suite occupies the house’s first floor. This Suite has an outdoor, balcony shower, with a fantastic mountain view.

The ground floor rooms are spacious and inviting, decorated with the warm earthy tones and traditional African artwork that gives the Owner’s Villa its unique character.

Each room has access to an outdoor patio, and the Owner’s Villa has its own swimming pool.

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The Lofts

Each of the lofts includes

  1. Its own private sitting area.
  2. The rooms are Air-Conditioned, and feature
  3. Satellite television
  4. Refrigerator
  5. Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access is available when in range of the Tasting Room

We were lucky enough to stay over and experience one of the newly renovated lofts, aptly named Franschhoek loft 😉

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The room is decorated with a modern African feel. Lots of large décor pieces which is needed for the large space. Loved the rooms and the electric blankets are an added bonus for those cold Cape Winter nights. The bathroom is something to behold, chic and modern, we just loved it; if I could I would just teleport it to our home. #mydreambathroom

Guest who are staying over receive a complimentary Wine Tasting Voucher for 2 and 15% off any cellar door wine purchase.

But you can upgrade this voucher to the FULL MARIANNE EXPERIENCE for only R300 per couple, this includes:

A guided cellar and tank tour, including a barrel tasting.

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A special mention must to go Josh, who was not only amazing and helpful as all guest house managers should be, but he really went beyond the call of duty and we really do appreciate it.

Marianne Wine Estate is a fairly new farm and the employees there are certainly making sure they leave their mark on the hospitality industry. Well done #TeamMarianne.

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For all the picture from our awesome time please click the links below :

ALBUM 1

ALBUM 2

ALBUM 3

A Tasting experience of note with a touch of French Flair – Marianne Wine Estate

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The Tasting Rooms offers 3 tasting experiences:

  1. Tasting of 5 wines and Rosé – R50.00 p/p
  2. Wine & Biltong Pairing – R75.00 p/p
  3. Vertical Tasting (min 6) – R150.00 p/p

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If guests would like some food to accompany their tasting they also offer

Cheese platters for R120 serving 2 people

Cheese & Meat/Biltong platter for R150 also serving 2 people

Picnic basket For R300

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I found the Tasting Room Manager, Melissa, very knowledgeable and friendly, in fact all the staff in the tasting room was just amazing. They were all very helpful and so accommodating.

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Even though the Tasting Room was full you never felt neglected or rushed, as is sometimes the case at a few Tasting Rooms when they get busy. Not here, you were allowed to enjoy whichever wines they poured for you and were happy to answer any questions one might have.

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Marianne Wines currently have a Groupon offer for their famous Biltong and Wine Pairing.

We did the Biltong and Wine Pairing we got to sample 5 Marianne Wines,3 of which was paired with Springbok, Kudu and Beef Biltong.

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First up was the:

Marianne Rosé 2014
Marianne Rosé 2014

Marianne Rosé 2014 – a light and easy drinking wine. Could be classified as dry, but none us is thought it was dry at all. The wine was liked by all 6 guest, so a definite contender.

Winemakers Notes – Soft pink in colour, this wine has intense strawberry flavours backed by tart and uplifting citrus. The wine shows great structure with fresh acidity and lingering after taste. This wine is perfect to drink on its own as an aperitif or together with an al fresco luncheon.

Marianne Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Marianne Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Marianne Sauvignon Blanc 2013 – Being a younger wine, this wine was quiet crisp. Definite passion fruit on the noise, but totally different once you taste it, the wooded oak come’s through on the taste. Mixed reviews on this one, you either loved it or you didn’t.

Winemakers Notes – We have come to refer to this atypical Sauvignon Blanc as the un- Sauvignon, such is the departure in style from a classic Cape Sauvignon. This wine is bursting tropical fruit aromas, most notably passion fruit and beautiful citrus and floral elements. The palate is structured, rounded and elegant demonstrating great fruit balanced by crisp minerality.

Then came the time for the three Estates red’s paired with three Biltong:

The Tasting Room has paired up the following:

Marianne Pinotage 2008 + Springbok Biltong

Marianne Shiraz 2009 + Kudu Biltong

Marianne Desirade 2004 + Beef Biltong

The idea was to taste the wine on its own and then with the biltong, but we had to try the wine with all the biltong as we all have different palates, likes and dislikes.

  1. Marianne Pinotage 2008 + Springbok Biltong
Marianne Pinotage 2008
Marianne Pinotage 2008

The wine is deliciously smooth, clearly it ages well. Everyone thought this was a good pairing and the wine was well liked by our group.

Winemakers Notes – Deep ruby-red in colour, this wine has a deep nose with aromas of dark fruits, currants, and mint. Intense and complex on the palate with fruit flavours of plum and red cherry. Flavours are well-balanced and give a long-lasting fruity finish. The wine is perfect to drink now yet could mature well within the bottle for a further 5 years.

2. Marianne Shiraz 2009 + Kudu Biltong

Marianne Shiraz 2009
Marianne Shiraz 2009

A rich, spicy, smooth wine. My favourite wine of the day for sure. My pairing of the dayJ.

Winemakers Notes – Elegant and rich, the 2009 edition of our Shiraz exhibits a restrained nose of truffle black spice and dark fruit. Solid tannins are backed by supple red fruit on the palate for balance. This wine will evolve in the bottle to reach perfect drinkability from 2014 onward.

Awards

Silver Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2013

3. Marianne Desirade 2004 + Beef Biltong

Marianne Desirade 2004
Marianne Desirade 2004

The clear winning wine and pairing of the day. Loved by 5 out of the 6 guests at our table.

Winemakers Notes – A full-bodied, bold red with aromas of plums, blackberries and a hint of ripe liquorice. On the palate, there is an explosion of fruit and the harmonious integration of fruit, oak and tannin is evident. This wine is perfect to drink now however its flavour and tannin profile mean it could mature well in the bottle for a further 7 years.

Awards

Gold Medal – Veritas 2012

Silver Michelangelo International Wine Award 2008.

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We had so much fun and just didn’t want to fun to end and ordered a Marianne Picnic, deliciousness in a basket. Warm Breads, Hummus, Pâté, Feta Balls, and Labnah, all just too yummy to mention. The complimentary wine of the day for our table was just an added bonus.

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The hospitality of all the staff we encountered at Marianne Wine Estate is just top-notch.

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They also have a Marianne Wine Club which you can join for only R1500.00 annually. You will immediately receive a mixed case of 12 wines after every annual harvest.

Other benefits are:

  • Discount of 15% for additional purchases ordered from the cellar door
  • FREE DELIVERY of all additional purchases of 12+ wines door to door anywhere in the South Africa
  • Discount of 20% on Marianne Wine Estate Country House Bookings
  • Exclusive notification of re-released and pre-released Marianne wines
  • Complimentary vertical tasting consisting three vintages of Floreal and a limited release single cultivar, for your group (max. 4 persons – save R150 pp)
  • Complimentary tasting of five wines for your group (max. 8 persons – save R50 pp)
  • Invitations to Marianne events including our quarterly vertical tasting, wine dinners and show events

If that sounds appealing to you, please contact them on wine@mariannewinefarm.co.za, they are ready to assist.

Last post to follow …

A touch of French flair in the heartland of the Stellenbosch Wine Route – Marianne Wines

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Marianne Wine Farms, named after the famous fictional character who personifies the French Republic and its ideals; Liberty, Brotherhood and Equality. The face of Lady Liberty is also depicted on European Union Euro Coins and French stamps.

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Marianne Wine Farm is one of the farms owned by the Frenchman Christian Dauriac, who is actively involved in the wine making. Established in 2004, the farm was initially started for export purposes, but has subsequently also started producing wines for the local market.

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The location of the farm was specifically sort out, to exacting standard to ensure that the final product would be keeping in the French Bordeaux style. Once you taste the wines you will immediately taste that the winemaker has achieved this.

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Driving on the R44 you surrounded by so many picturesque valleys and farms. Once you see the Marianne sign, you follow the long and winding road, there jotting out on the horizon you see the Cellar and Tasting Room. An amazing sight if ever there was one.

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The farm has so much to offer, apart from their delicious wines, they have a modern Tasting Room, various types of Accommodation, the newly opened Brasserie, an on-site Chapel and Clubhouse.

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Classified as a Boutique winery as it only produces 80 000 – 100 000 bottles per vintage. All the grapes are handpicked and sorted and this just shows the care taken by Winemaker Francois Haasbroek and his team. All these little extras add to the special wine, produced by Marianne Wines.

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Marianne Wines has 9 estate wines available namely:

  1. Cabernet Sauvignon
  2. Cape Blend
  3. Desirade
  4. Floreal
  5. Merlot
  6. Sauvignon Blanc
  7. Shiraz
  8. Pinotage
  9. Rosé

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The tasting room was opened to the public in 2011. A very modern chic tasting room, cool in the summer and thanks to an amazing fireplace, cosy in the winter months.

More about our tasting experience in the next post…

Entertaining made easy by The Cheese Club

If you, like me and love to entertain but hate the preparation and work that goes with it. These are the people for you. The Cheese Club by Fairview Wine & Cheese

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We got to sample the Chilli Box as well as the Ploughman’s Box.

The Chilli Box – A selection of Cheese and Chilli accompaniments.

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Product details

A cheese and chilli feast for chilli lovers. If you “love the burn” this selection of cheese and accompaniments laced with all-kinds-of-chilli-and-spice was put together just for you. Serves 4.

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What’s in the box?

  • 1 x Fairview Traditional Double Cream Camembert – 125g

Full flavoured, soft white mould cheese with a creamy mushroom flavour.

  • 1 x Fairview Labneh with Za’atar – 150g

A smooth, 100% cow’s milk cheese made from strained yogurt. This Mediterranean-style cheese has a silky texture and is flavoured with Middle Eastern spices.

  • 1 x Fairview Chevin Paprika & Black Pepper – 100g

A soft goat’s milk cheese log rolled in crushed black pepper and paprika that perfectly complements the smooth, delicate texture of the chevin.

  • 1 x Fairview Extra Mature Blue – 100g

A Roquefort style, blue vein cheese with a crumbly texture, extra matured for the strong cheese enthusiast.

  • 1 x Water Biscuits – 125g

Thin, crisp, unsweetened biscuit.

  • 1 x Sourdough Loaf

Par-baked, crusty artisan bread.

  • 1 x Dhania Chilli Chutney – 120ml

One of our faves! Sweet and spicy with a little kick.

  • 1 x Sweet & Sour Peppers with Chilli Jelly – 125ml

A deliciously tangy, sweet, sour and hot yellow-pepper jelly. Perfect to pair with camembert, brie and blue-veined cheese.

  • 1 x Chilli Relish – 125ml

Tongue-tingling, full-flavoured relish.

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The Ploughman’s Box – A selection of cheeses and perfect pairings. Serves 4.

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Product details

Gather round the table with friends and family to experience a world of amazing tastes and combinations. The selected cheeses are designed to work alongside each other and each one has been paired with the perfect accompaniment to make it extra yummy. Serves 4.

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What’s in the box?

  • 1 x Fairview Blue Rock – 100g

Full fat, semi-soft blue mould Roquefort-style cheese, with a firm and crumbly texture.

  • 1 x Fairview Chevin Garlic & Herb – 100g

A smooth and flavourful goat’s milk log, rolled in garlic and herbs, and ending off on a salty note.

  • 1 x Wood smoked Cheddar – 150g

Artisan cheese, cold smoked in a beech wood smoker to give the cheese a natural smoked flavour.

  • 1 x Sweet Red Pepper Chutney – 120ml

Handmade chutney. Slightly spicy with a hint of paprika.

  • 1 x Crunchy Cucumber Ribbons – 125ml

The perfect crunchy pickle for cheese. Pairs beautifully with wood-smoked or farm-style cheddar.

  • 1 x Crushed Walnuts – 50g

Raw, shelled and crushed into smaller pieces. Perfect match for blue cheese.

  • 1 x Water Biscuits – 125g

Thin, crisp, unsweetened biscuit.

  • 1 x Sourdough Loaf

A par-baked, crusty artisan bread.

  • 1 x Prosciutto Crudo – 70g

Sweet, delicate, dry cured Italian ham. Finely sliced.

  • 2 x Fresh Pears

Fresh-from-the-farm, seasonal variety. Sweet and crunchy.

  • 1 x Wild Rocket – 40g

Fresh salad leaf with a peppery flavour.

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These boxes serve 4 but could easily serve 6.

They even include a card with the best way to serve up all these delicious morsels.

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Boxes available include:

Wednesday Night Box – R 360.00 – Hand-picked by the Fairview Cheese Master especially for you, this collection of cheeses makes an ideal mid-week meal for four. Gather round the table to share these delectable artisan cheeses.

Farmstead Tasting Box – R250.00 – A balanced collection of South African cheeses from the lush, green pastures of the Paarl Valley. Includes hand-picked, farm-style accompaniments, the perfect pairings for these delicious cheeses.

Baked Camembert BoxR245.00 – This popular soft cheese is oven-baked with cherry tomatoes and thyme until nice and gooey, then draped with sliced biltong to become the ultimate crowd pleaser. Enjoy with fresh bread. Includes cheese and sweet accompaniments to round off the experience.

And many more…

To order, please contact them on hello@cheeseclub.co.za and your box will be delivered in no time.

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