Thursday, February 13, 2020

This Week's MENU. Eagle's Nest, Jordan Harvest Celebration, Boerewors & Broccoli pasta, Doolhof Malbec

 A blue dragonfly on a pond plant

It’s Harvest time in the Cape and it is a wonderful season for all of us who love and live with wine. We have visited two wine farms this week and also had a superb tasting with our wine club of another, one of whose wines is our Wine of the Week.

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A green and peaceful Eyrie. We visited Eagle’s Nest in Constantia this week on a beautiful summer morning. It is high on the Constantiaberg, next door to Constantia Glen on the way up to Constantia Nek. We had not been for a few years and, in the interim, talented wine maker Stuart Botha has departed for Tokara and Duran Cornhill has taken over as winemaker. Read on…

We were invited to this week’s Jordan Harvest Lunch for trade customers and media. A very welcome drink was their Chameleon Rosé, made from Merlot and Shiraz; beautifully cool on a hot summer’s day. So nice to see Kathy Jordan here for the harvest. Gary will be arriving from their English property soon.  Read on...

We had some family over on Sunday for a braai and lots of good food and wine were enjoyed. Lynne’s sister brought an enormous pack of Boerewors from Woolie's and quite a bit was left over. Now, what to do with left over barbecued sausage? Lynne found a recipe on the BBC, which she adapted, and it was so successful, we thought you might like to give it a go. Read On...

This is deservedly Doolhof’s top selling wine. Savoury and smoky on the nose, it has soft meaty and umami flavours melded with dark cassis and sweet cherry fruit. Chewy with slightly chalky tannins, and more savoury flavours on the end. A great wine with food. R195 from the farm

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