Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Wine tasting and brunch at Haute Cabrière

As promised, here is a write up on my first visit to Haute Cabrière, which I did on Saturday during the Franschoek uncorked festival.

I have been a fan of their Chardonnay/ Pinot Noir blend for years, and of course their Pierre Jordan bubblies, but it was quite an education to meet the owner and explore the cellar, learning about the history of the farm and MCC culture in South Africa.

The bonus of course was watching the owner sabrage the bottles of bubbly and sample Pinot Noirs from varying years.

We arrived just in time for brunch, which included a lovely continental platter with mini croissants, deli meats and local cheese plus bits of strawberries and gooseberries. This comes with a glass of Pierre Jordan Brut.

I then opted to try the oyster and bubbly pairing, which my husband (OMG, can't believe I can say that now) shared. It includes six oysters, done different way, and three bubblies, a 100% chardonnay, a 100% pinot noir and a 60%-40% blend.

The restaurant is warm and cosy thanks to a great fireplace and the room has good acoustics, so I'll be looking out to see whether they have live music evenings this summer...

cellar tour with the owner

cellar tour

I also tried a wine called  TRANQUILLE for the first time, a 'lighter in alcohol (11.5%)' aka: a breakfast wine, that's made up of 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay, for only R45 a bottle – it's a delicious steal! The FINE DE JOURDAN POTSTILL BRANDY is also worth a tasting, for R195 per bottle (makes for a nice gift).

cellar tour
cellar tour

For more info on the farm, visit
Restuarant: 021 876 3688
Tatsing Room: 021 876 8500
outside Haute Cab

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