One of the most memorable aspects of dining at Walkersons Hotel & Spa is the opportunity to select your own bottle of wine from their well-stocked walk-in cellar. In it, General Manager Kate Christie keeps a carefully curated collection of some of the best wines in the country.
This month we will be showcasing three guest favourites: Vergelegen’s Premium Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot 2011, Bellingham’s Homestead Sauvignon Blanc 2016, and Boekenhoutskloof’s The Wolftrap White 2016.
Vergelegen – Premium Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot 2011
Founded in 1700, Vergelegen (meaning “situated far away”), has been under the ownership of some of the world’s greatest explorers and visionaries, each of whom, in their own way, have helped shape Vergelegen to what it is today: a world-class estate.
Walkersons is proud to have a few Vergelegen wines on our wine list, including the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend from their premium range. A fantastic companion for most foods, including pastas, pizzas and chicken or meat dishes, it should be served between 16.5°C and 17.5°C. The blend for this easy-drinking wine is 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, 9% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec, and while it is delicious now, it will improve even more over the next 5 to 10 years.
Bright dark red. Claret-like aromas of black and redcurrant, coffee, tobacco, mocha and sexy oak. A pliant, mid-weight wine with noteworthy richness and a firm spine of harmonious acidity to its intense berry and spice flavours. (Source: www.wine.co.za)
Bellingham – Bellingham Homestead Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Originally known as Bellinchamp, which translates to ‘pretty fields’, Bellingham traces its roots to 1693 when Hollander Gerrit Janz van Vuuren and his French Huguenot wife planted the first 1000 vines on the estate. It then passed from family to family until 1943, when Bernard and Fredagh Podlashuk purchased the somewhat derelict farm, set about restoring the manor house, gardens and vineyards and effectively pioneered the modern renaissance of the Bellingham Estate in Franschhoek.
A firm favourite on Walkersons’s wine list is the Bellingham Homestead Sauvignon Blanc. Perfect for sipping on a Dullstroom summers day, it was awarded Gold in the Mundus Vini International Awards 2017. Like many other Sauvignon Blanc’s, it is paired well with chicken, grilled fish, and various Mexican and Greek dishes.
Beautiful light, pale yellow with a golden tinge, soft melon, pear and citrus flavours on the nose. The palate offers an expected burst of citrus and tropical flavours with a crisp and clean finish. (Source: www.wine.co.za)
Boekenhoutskloof – The Wolftrap White 2016
Situated in the furthest corner of the breath-taking Franschhoek valley, Boekenhoutskloof was established back in 1776. In 1993, the estate was restored to its former glory and now boasts vineyards of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Syrah, Viognier and Semillon.
When the farm was founded, the Franschhoek valley was far wilder than it is today – as the wolf trap they discovered goes to show. While today, the mountains are still alive with indigenous animals, including the majestic leopard, no evidence of wolves has ever been found, so Boekenhoutskloof created The Wolftrap to remind us of the mysteries and legends of days gone by.
The Wolftrap White, a blend of Viognier, Chenin Blanc & Grenache Blanc is a newer addition to our wine list at Walkersons Hotel & Spa, and is already proving itself as a favourite with our guests.
An alluring nose shows white peach, apricot and apple blossom aromas in abundance. The nose follows through with flavours of nectarine and hints of pineapple and peach melba. The wine is smooth and round with slight oak nuances, a fleshy mid-palate, balanced, integrated acidity and a vibrant, lingering, stone fruit finish. (Source: Boekenhoutskloof)
Sample any one of these wines, and more, whilst enjoying a delectable 4-course dinner at the Flying Dutchman restaurant at Walkersons Hotel & Spa. To book a table at this popular Dullstroom restaurant, simply contact the hotel directly on firstname.lastname@example.org, or +27 13 253 7000.