Wednesday, September 09, 2015

A tasting at Uva Mira and lunch at Guardian Peak

Our wine club outing this month was a drive right to the top of the Annandale Road near Stellenbosch, to the heady heights and wonderful views of Uva Mira where we tasted some of their wines, after which we headed a little way down the hill to Guardian Peak for a really nice, relaxing and good value lunch
Winemaker at Uva Mira, Christiaan Coetzee
The Uva Mira price list. You can taste 3 Mira wines for R45, or 5 Mira wines for R75.
Christiaan very kindly added two more wines to our club tasting, the very elegant 2013 Mira Cabernet Sauvignon full of perfume, forest floor, cassis, black cherries with chocolate and liquorice on the long end. A beautiful quality wine. Also the 2013 OTV Bordeaux blend. OTV stands for Ocus Tobus Venter, the father of owner Toby Venter who is CEO of Porsche SA. This is a wine made to last made in 100% new oak barrels for 19 months is has good fruit, acid and heavy tannins to hold the structure through the years
A view of the vineyards and down the hill to the valley floor
One of their cheese & charcuterie platters for R175
A feathery windbreak of tall old pines
Guardian Peak at lunchtime. We had two tables of eight on the glassed in verandah
The very comprehensive menu
Slow cooked pork fillet on vegetables with creamed spinach and mustard mash
Grilled garlic and herb beef Espetada with salad and good crisp chips
A starter of crisp Tempura squid and prawns with a chilli dipping sauce, just lacked some salt. And a pear, gorgonzola and candied walnut salad
Rump steak, salad and chips. Apparently it was tender, flavoursome and perfectly cooked
Fresh fish of the day - yellowtail with chips and a salad
A huge hamburger topped with pineapple and cheese for John. We found the food to be good quality and value. With some glasses of individual wines and a bottle of their Sauvignon Blanc the bill for our table of 8 came to R190 per person with service. We will be back to try more of the dishes
The view of the Stellenbosch mountains and vineyards from Guardian Peak
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2015
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