“Stay at Beaumont House to escape the noise of Cape Town”

Posted by peter | Articles | Posted on February 28th, 2011

Here is what Isaac wrote about Beaumont House on Trip Advisor…….Gill and Peter’s Beaumont House is an excellent place to unwind in one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Although technically working, my itinerary was leisure filled; a fact which was enhanced by the support of the amazing proprietors. Their staff was attentive, but never in the way, and provided excellent services and a fabulous breakfast. Beaumont House’s location gets you away from the bustle of the city, but leaves it at your door in just a couple of minutes when you want to get out there. Attention to detail sums up this experience; with fine quality beds, linens, drinks, treats, and more. Although there is no gym on the facility, they are located directly on the local run route (5k) which will lead you to the cities botanical gardens. For vinophiles Peter keeps an excellent stock of wines on hand, as well as has a wealth of knowledge on the close-by Stellenbosch wine region. Our stay there was a success all the way around. I highly recommend this location for couples or business persons wanting to escape the congestion and noise of the city.

Le Riche release their Cabernet Reserve 2008 | Beaumont House

Posted by peter | Articles | Posted on February 27th, 2011

Etienne Le Riche wrties…we are optimistic of a good vintage ahead. The yield of the Cabernet is a bit less than expected this year, due to cold weather in October which affected the berry set. The cool spring was followed by a severe heat wave in early January. Lovely hot, sunny summer days followed with the usual Southeasterly wind bringing some relief in the afternoons. A combination of sunny days and cool nights may well ensure a promising vintage in the making. Furthermore, the winery has acquired an improved de-stemming and crushing facility and Christo certainly seems impressed with the new grape sorting table.

The latest release is the Le Riche Cabernet Reserve 2008. The 2007 vintage rapidly sold out and we were overjoyed to receive another 5 star in the 2011 John Platter Guide for the CWG Reserve 2007. Coming from the best grapes in our portfolio, the Reserve is a rich, full-bodied wine with concentrated fruit, a smooth tannin structure and complimentary oak influence. Being our flagship wine, it shows remarkable intensity on the palate with juicy tannins and a lingering aftertaste. I anticipate that the 2008 will also be very popular, and would thus like to encourage you to purchase sooner rather than later to avoid any disappointment. Although the trade prices will be increasing in March, the cellar door prices will remain the same at this stage for our loyal private clients.

The Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 has been available for some time and is an elegant wine with vibrant fruit flavours and firm structure. The Cabernet / Merlot 2009 and Chardonnay 2010 have increased in popularity and have proven to be great value for money. Bergerac 2005 is showing the typical fruit and drier tannins, stylistic of the French wines.

“Beaumont House is the best place to stay in Cape Town”

Posted by peter | Articles | Posted on February 26th, 2011

Heather recently wrote on trip advisor…

This is the best place to stay in Cape Town! An experience of a lifetime!! This charming little bed and breakfast is situated minutes away from the bustling town. If a couple is looking for an intimate honeymoon experience the Beaumont house is the place!! After a long 18 hour flight from New York to Cape Town my husband and I were elated to meet the owners Jill and Peter who showed us around the gorgeous property and immediately made us reservations for the BEST restaurant in Cape Town. The meal we ate that night (because of their suggestion) was honestly the best meal I’ve ever had. They made sure to steer us away from tourist traps. The next morning we took a dip in the pool and enjoyed the gorgeous breakfast buffet that was provided by Beaumont House.
Our room was very chic and luxurious decorated with chandeliers and black and white posters of old movie stars. The owners Jill and Peter’s warmth and hospitality is unprecedented. We HIGHLY recommend this for anyone that wants a unique and romantic bed and breakfast feel as opposed to a crowded and generic hotel.

South Africa’s 2011 Wine Harvest down 0.3 percent

Posted by peter | Articles | Posted on February 24th, 2011

South Africa’s wine producers, with a history dating from 1655 and the Dutch East India Co., expect flooding, fungus and disease to cut the grape crop this season.

“Estimates are that at least 36,000 tons of grapes from the initial anticipated wine grape harvest were destroyed by floods and showers — the figure may yet be higher,” said South African Wine Information Systems, representing all the country’s wine producers. “Grapes in many other blocks have started to rot and outbreaks of fungal disease prevail.”

Water has damaged vines in the Orange River region, with an “enormous cost” for local producers, while other areas remain flooded, resulting in a “total crop loss,” Sawis said today in an e-mailed statement. Overall production may drop 0.3 percent from 2010 to about 1.26 million metric tons of grapes, it said.

South Africa, the seventh-largest wine maker, mainly grows white grapes, including Chenin blanc, Chardonnay and Sauvignon blanc, while red varieties include Pinotage, a hybrid developed in the country. The industry is focusing on “non-traditional markets” such as Canada and China as sales decline to the U.K., its main market, the Wines of South Africa export group says.

Based on the latest production forecast, South Africa will this season produce 969.3 million liters (256 million gallons) of wine and related products such as juice, concentrate, wine for brandy and distilling wine, Sawis said. Stocks held by producers and private cellars will fall to 314.1 million liters by Dec. 31, from 338.3 million liters a year earlier, it said.

First Vines
South Africa’s first vines were planted in 1655 near Cape Town, where Dutch settlers set up a station to supply ships plying the spice routes. The Cape’s first famous wine was Constantia, a sweet fortified muscat that was shipped to Europe, where Louis XVI and Napoleon Bonaparte became fans.

Wine routes around the university town of Stellenbosch take tourists past more than 140 producers, including family owned Meerlust and Vergelegen, owned by London-based Anglo American Plc, the world’s second-largest mining company.

Article courtesy of Bloomberg reporters.

De Toren makes number 77 in Wine Enthusiast’s top 100

Posted by peter | Articles | Posted on February 23rd, 2011

Each year, the WINE ENTHUSIAST’s wine tasting panel samples thousands of current releases in every style and at every price point imaginable. Striving to discover the best and most attractively priced selections, we review hundreds of wines of interest to our readers. But those chosen for The Enthusiast 100 go beyond just interest: These wines are truly exemplary, often represent the very best of their category, and should not be missed. While the bottlings featured in this list have all received high scores from our critics, the criteria for selection extends far beyond the numbers assigned to them to include extraordinary quality-to-price ratio, immediate drinkability, and uniqueness. All offer a window into the terroir from which they come.

Another factor in selection – perhaps one less easily defined, is the wine’s “it” factor. Some wines are just buzzy …. they attract excitement from both consumers and the industry, and represent notable emerging or established trends in the market.

We’ve tried to include wines that not only represent many different regions and grape varieties, but also vary in style.

One of the things we value most in the wine world is diversity, and this is our way of applauding it.

De Toren’s 2007 was rated 74th out of the top 100 wines.

Albie Koch, winemaker at De Toren says he is anticipating an exceptional 2011 harvest based on the flavour profiles of the small berries in the grape bunches as they enter into the final stage of the ripening process.

Ernst Manual, viticulturist at De Toren, adds that the rainfall has been 38% down on the average annual figures and this has influenced the growth of the vines and ensured that canopy management has been contained naturally. “The crop loading is in balance and this augurs well for a tremendous harvest”, “My team worked exceptionally hard to ensure that the flavour in the berries is naturally concentrated and despite the heat waves that we have experienced early in January, the early winter with low rainfall provided the perfect grape growing conditions on this farm”.

Terroir at Kleine Zalze is a gourmet destination | Beaumont House

Posted by peter | Articles | Posted on February 22nd, 2011

Terroir opened in October 2004, and over the years has become one of the most sought-after gourmet destinations in the Cape winelands, placing Stellenbosch prominently on the culinary map. The restaurant is located on Kleine Zalze, a family owned wine farm that has risen to prominence both in South Africa and internationally thanks in particular to its award-winning chenin blanc and shiraz. The setting, under historic oak trees with views over the De Zalze golf course and surrounding gardens and vineyards, is both refined and relaxed. It’s the perfect environment in which to enjoy a fine meal matched to excellent wines.

The unpretentious ambience and dressed-down décor belie multi award-winning chef Michael Broughton’s rigorously disciplined approach to food. Classic pairings and intense depth of flavour characterize the chalkboard menu of ‘deceptively simple’ dishes influenced by what’s in season and, where possible, the use of locally grown fresh produce. Care and emphasis is placed on matching the food to specific wines produced at Kleine Zalze, in the Stellenbosch region and further afield.

Combine a day playing golf at the adjacent golf course and a sublime dinner at Terroir – and that’s definitely a day to remember!

South African Wine Finder is a great help for Wine Lovers

Posted by peter | Articles | Posted on February 21st, 2011

SA Wine Finder is a unique search engine for wine lovers abroad who are interested in South African wines, SA WINE FINDER constantly updates its database of online retail listings of SA wines in 12 countries in Europe and North America. Product listings are identified and linked to our catalogue, together with awards and ratings from Concours Mondial, Decanter and Wine Spectator over the past 3 years.

What can SA WINE FINDER do for you?

Wine lovers
Use our search engine to find South African wines at a retailer near you.
If you know of any retailers that stock SA wines and we don’t have their URL, let them know. We will visit their website and include their listings in our content.
Register with us and contribute your own wine ratings. It’s simple to do and we welcome consumer peer-reviews!

SA producers
Install our free links to guide consumers directly from your own website!
We email stats of the activity we generate for your listings abroad

Retailers abroad
If you stock SA wines and we don’t have your URL, please let them know. We will visit your site and include the listings in our content in future!

Here is a list of the countries covered by SA Wine Finder

  Austria
  Belgium
  Canada
  Denmark
  Germany
  Holland
  Ireland
  Norway
  Sweden
  Switzerland
  UK
  USA

We recommend this site to lots of our guests who want to find good South African wines when they get back home!

Franschhoek Summer picnics | Beaumont House

Posted by peter | Articles | Posted on February 19th, 2011

Few things in life rival the bonhomie of sharing a picnic with friends and family. add a shady spot on a hot summer’s day, delectable treats, and a glass filled with the best the vineyards can offer and you’ve certainly got the ingredients of ‘le good life’.

A French Affaire at Le Verger
Select your baguette or rosemary flatbread straight from the wood fired oven. Then, your choice of pates, cold cuts, organic cheeses, condiments such as piquant humus and other olives straight from the barrel. Relax and spend a slow day with friends in one of the many conservatories or under an ancient oak.

Mont Rochelle Hotel & Mountain Vineyards
The simple things in life often give on the most pleasure. pick up a picnic basket at the country kitchen and take a stroll with your blanket in hand, through the vineyards down to the dam, into the rose garden or to the shade of an oak or weeping willow and make yourself comfortable.

Unpack your basket of delights, open a bottle of chilled wine, sit back and relax, while you nibble a little, read a good book, or have a chat and a giggle with family and good friends.

Allee Bleue
There’s nothing quite like a summer picnic in the Cape Winelands and Allée Bleue Wine Estate is now offering a First Class version to this ever-popular way to spend a day with family and friends. It’s for those seeking a more elegant and sophisticated take on a day out in the country. Shaded by an historic oak tree, tables clothed in starched white drapery, freshly made picnic baskets are served to you from the picnic gazebo and an ice bucket ensures your Allée Bleue wine is always chilled.

Solms-Delta
For those wishing to picnic in the Cape winelands, the estate offers appetising picnic baskets from Fyndraai restaurant for R135 per person with delicious vegetarian options. Contents typically include basil pesto marinated farm vegetables with chive crème fraiche; bacon and onion potato slaai with vinaigrette; smoked Franschhoek trout with caper berries and fresh cream, and chicken tandoori with cucumber and honey mustard yoghurt.

Private picnic spots are spread out along the estate’s enchanting riverside forest, with safe areas for kids to swim and Dad to do some fly fishing!

Rickety Bridge
Gorgeously presented in barrel-staves which parade the contents in a mosaic of multi-faceted colour, Rickety Bridge’s creatively presented picnics are as aesthetic as their contents are delicious. Begin this culinary exploration with fresh starters like the light seasonal signature salad of melon, feta and mint salad, asparagus spears served with a delectable, rich aioli sauce or the popular prawn cocktail. Move on to a carnivore’s haven, savouring the piquant and spicy meatball skewers (drizzled with a specialty Rickety Gourmet sauce, of garlic and ginger peri-peri) which are simply mouth-watering, or perhaps the kebab option offering succulent cubes of chicken and the sweet-spicy succulence of interspersed pepperdews is a delightful alternative? Finish off with fresh, luscious fruit, fine cheeses or embrace the calorie counter and relish decadent brownies. Rickety Bridge’s kaleidoscopic picnic array of goodies is sure to gratify the most discerning critic.

Allora restaurant
Mediterranean style al fresco lunches and picnics along the stream at The Olive Shack at Allora. Snack boxes from R60, picnic baskets from R100 per person. Gourmet baskets on order. Baskets may be taken away or consumed at our picnic area.

Cosecha restaurant at Noble Hill
Our picnics come in two styles, and each can be prepared for either 2 or 4 people. Kid’s baskets are available as well. The whole experience is a lovely way to experience a sunny afternoon.

Boschendal – Le Pique-Nique
During the summer months Boschendal’s Le Pique-Nique provides the ideal setting for simple French-Style country meals. Picnic hampers filled with simple country fare are served from a gazebo, relax and enjoy the fare at tables and chairs set in the shade of fragrant pine trees.

South African wines stocked by Fortnum & Mason

Posted by peter | Articles | Posted on February 18th, 2011

The wine department is fortunate in that wineries are keen to get their wines listed as Fortnum & Mason sell quite a bit of wine through their five restaurants in the building, the retail shop and a very large number of private and corporate customers who buy their wines and wine hampers.

South Africa is a country that Fornum & Mason is going to focus on this year as far as wines are concerned and to kick things off, they have just listed a South African Chenin Blanc – Lammershoek – under the Fortnum & Mason Label for the first time. Other wines are:

Franschhoek

White
Boekenhoutskloof, Semillon 2007

Stellenbosch

White
Warwick Estate, Professor Black Sauvignon 2010
Waterford, Chardonnay 2008
Thelema, Sauvignon Blanc 2008
Warwick Estate, Chardonnay 2009
Thelema, Chardonnay 2007
Meerlust, Chardonnay 2007
Rustenburg, Five Soldiers Chardonnay 2007

Red
Waterford Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Thelema, Shiraz 2004
Thelema, Merlot 2007
Meerlust, Merlot 2008
Waterford, Kevin Arnold Shiraz 2007
Warwick Estate, Cabernet Franc 2008
Warwick Estate, Trilogy 2008
Meerlust, Reserve Pinot Noir 2008
The Foundry, Syrah 2005
Meerlust, Rubicon 2006
Thelema, Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Walker bay

White
Hamilton Russell, Chardonnay 2009
Red
Hamilton Russell, Pinot Noir 2007

Malmesbury

White
Eben Sadie, Sequillo White 2008
Eben Sadie, Palladius 2007

Red
Eben Sadie, Sequillo 2005
Eben Sadie, Columella 2007

Constantia

Sweeter Wine
Klein Constantia, Vin de Constance 2005

Nice to see some older vintages being sold – which is very rare in South Africa itself!

Franschhoek Food and Wine Route | Beaumont House

Posted by peter | Articles | Posted on February 17th, 2011

The newly launched Franschhoek Valley Food & Wine Route highlights Franschhoek as a destination offering more than just a ‘centrefold’ spread of vineyards, or the usual renown as the country’s Gourmet Capital. The Route opens up a whole new world of experiences to further enchant all the senses and the soul.

Depending on what you’re looking for, a number of different routes can be tailor-made for groups of two or more. Options include insights into the chocolate-making process as offered by Huguenot Fine Chocolates, a Cape Music and Wine social history tour at Solms-Delta, or a Village Heritage walk. The Art & About Route from galleries to studios, gives an opportunity to meet artists and craftspeople, discover more about African artefacts, or even view a collection of old corkscrews. The Cap Classique Route includes Chamonix, Colmant, Cabriere and Graham Beck, to name a few. Winelands Experience, a tour company in the area, has also included a number of route options such as hikes over the Franschhoek Mountains, and wine walks that inform on the types of fynbos and its growth after the 2010 fire (half day R495 pp including wine tasting and picnic).

Try a cheese and wine pairing at Franschhoek Cellars, situated on Main Road as you first enter the town. Intriguingly, every wine in the winery’s Village Walk range is named after a monument. Try pairing both red and white wines with cheese from Truckles, a wholesaler of both local and international speciality cheeses, who display and retail from the winery. A favourite is the Old Museum Merlot with Gorgonzola sourced from an Italian producer based in Johannesburg.

A further stop not to be missed is La Motte – an increasingly popular spot. And it’s no wonder as one is spoilt for choice with the option of a wander through the Pierneef Art Gallery, lavender fields, or a decadent food and wine pairing experience at Pierneef restaurant. Five pairings are offered at R195. One that made a definite impression was the 2008 La Motte Shiraz with braised impala neck skilpadjie: a local mini ‘pie’, butternut and Shiraz chutney. Breads are baked on the premises, with chef Chris Erasmus’ own yeast made from local spores, he even includes sweet potato shavings in one of his yeast batches. Of particular note is the Shiraz bread; around two tonnes of Shiraz skins are ground to a fine powder to mix in with the dough. It works particularly well as the powder is high in anti oxidants, which is just what the yeast is after.

Dalewood Cheese marks the official beginning of the various routes, followed by Babylonstoren, Backsberg, Noble Hill and Vrede en Lust, Val De Vie on the R310, and goes all the way through to Boekenhoutskloof and Franschhoek Pass Winery. The route is available throughout the year with a map available to visitors highlighting the various activities, allowing them to tailor make itineraries.

Franschhoek is a 60 minute drive from Beaumont House.

 

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