All aboard, #SAHarvest2016 has arrived!

Healthy Sauvignon Blanc BUnches
Healthy Sauvignon Blanc Bunches

The tractors are rumbling, the bunches are tumbling!

The new year has started with a bang and it’s full steam ahead for 2016. With the new year, it’s also a new harvest, and ours started officially today!

We kick of the 2016 vintage with some fresh and zippy Sauvignon Blanc; harvested at an optimum sugar level of 22.5 degrees balling, these grapes are set to make stunning wine. While yields are forecast to be down by a small percentage, quality is certainly not lacking: fresh; ripe and healthy grapes are hiding in their canopies, waiting to enter the cellar.

First batch heading for the cellar
First batch heading for the cellar

After all the Sauvignon Blanc has been crushed; mash-cooled and moved to their new fermentation tanks, we’ll move on to some Chardonnay and Shiraz for our Ellie MCC.

All star vineyard-team
All star vineyard-team

Harvest is not the only item on the agenda, it’s almost that time of the year where you have a whole day dedicated to celebrating your love for that special someone in your life. To mark the occasion we’ll have a set-menu Five Course Food & Wine Pairing for Valentine’s Day, with light background music played by accordion musician Andre Van Vuuren.┬áThis afternoon of sheer gastronomic delight is ideal for food and wine lovers who enjoy a value for money, unhurried dining experience with a sense of place and includes a glass of matching Clos Malverne wine with each course.

It is the perfect opportunity to treat that special someone in your life to a memorable day in the Winelands. Seeing that this would be a set-menu offering, lunch time is 12:00 for 12:30, and the cost is R498.00/person. Guests can download the menu here or join the event on Facebook.

Valentine's Day Lunch
A Delectable Five Course Food & Wine Pairing Lunch

We also have a neat “Couples Mixed Case” offering in our online shop for those guests that might be spending a relaxing weekend away from home in a romantic destination. The unique mixed case has the right wine for the right moment; bubbles for breakfast; Sauvignon Blanc for supper and some Pinotage Le Cafe for a nightcap.

Valentine's Day Couples Mixed Case
A Mixed Case perfect for a romantic weekend away.

The Restaurant has also been experiencing a record season, enjoying fabulous support from both local and international food lovers. Our guests can look forward to our new Autumn Menu in the beginning of March. While we had a short hiatus from the no.1 spot on TripAdvisor, we’re back on top! We can only thank all of our loyal customers and guests for their unwavering support!

For those folks that haven’t seen it yet, we also added a new Recipe Section to our website, where our Executive-Chef, Nadia Louw-Smith, will be sharing some of her make-at-home gourmet dishes. Feel free to request a recipe for a special dish via Twitter or Facebook.

That’s all for now folks, keep an eye out for more news on #SAHarvest2016 in the weeks that follow!

Adieu!