Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Friday Sundowner at Neil Ellis Wines

This Friday sundowner must be one of the best value events in the winelands. We were invited to go there last Friday evening. The next Sundowner will be on the 17th. From 4 till 8, you watch the sun set over Ida’s Valley in Stellenbosch and drink a glass of wine (R25) with a huge charcuterie & cheese platter for two for only R99. Or pay R150 per couple for a platter and a bottle of Aenigma wine. Booking is essential.
It is a very modern wine cellar on the top of a hill going up towards Hell’s Hoogte (Heights) Pass behind Stellenbosch.
Clean modern lines
The best value Charcuterie platter in town
This young man in the tasting room, Jovan Pietersen, really looked after us
An old basket press, so you know it is a winery
Chatting to Financial Manager Charl Ellis
We enjoyed the refreshing Aenigma 2014 dry White blend of Chardonnay& Sauvignon Blanc very much with our platters. It is floral and full of melon and peach notes, with a good dry finish
The evening was fully booked and guests enjoyed the tables outside as the sun went down
We preferred to sit inside and spent a while taking to Neil Ellis about the farm and the wines. And our Dutch friends Yvonne and Peter were delighted to find that they can buy some of it in the Albert Heijn supermarkets.
A view towards the Simonsberg mountains and the Helshoogte Pass
The platters will continue into the winter as there are good log fires in both rooms
It is a very popular event, especially with the young Stellenbosch crowd
Held between 4 and 8, it’s a lovely way to spend a Friday evening
A Charcuterie and Cheese platter for 2. There is plenty of food and we really liked the quality of the meat and cheese. The candied orange slices were excellent with the cheese
Really enjoying the view, the wine and the food.Thank you Neil Ellis family and staff
Neil Ellis with Rochelle Kotze, marketing manager of Taste of Terroir who invited us
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2015

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