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GROOT PHESANTEKRAAL - Durbanville's Hidden Gem

Updated: Oct 5, 2019

With just a little over 15 minutes drive from home, I can easily call this my "home away from home". Groot Phesantekraal is situated just outside Durbanville (on Klipheuwel Way) that has more than just wines to offer. The farm has such an incredible history, dated back to 1689 where they only had cattle, sheep and wheat.

Inside the Tasting Room

When a winery or estate gives me a true farmhouse feel with a touch of sophistication and modern, yet classy but subtle, I AM SOLD. And that is exactly what I felt when I entered the Tasting Room. Big windows that overlook the scenic panoramic views of green farm landscape of Durbanville, a beautiful chandelier that was made from whisky, brandy and wine decanters hanging from the roof with extensive strings (how cool, right?) and an entire wall filled with jars of spices and aromas of which some I can't pronounce. Fascinating...

The Groot Phesantekraal Bubbles we received upon arrival as welcome drinks, Blanc de Blanc 2019 Methode Cap Classique had me ask for a top-up, or two! I never shy away from asking for a little more if I really enjoy something. This MCC is 100% Chardonnay, 17 months left on the lees maturation tickles your taste buds with gorgeous aromas of citrus and green apples.

Proceeding to the "one of a kind" wine tasting experience...

The Original Chicken Coop

Etienne Louw, the friendly Wine Maker hosted the wine tasting in this very intimate setting called the "Original Chicken Coop". Here we tasted some of Groot Phesantekraal's award-winning wines, which might I add, are equally easy-drinking making it difficult to choose a favorite / stand-out.

Look at the price range - bottles can be purchased from as low R60 (the Groot Phesantekraal Chenin Blanc 2019) to R140 (Groot Phesantekraal Berliet 2017). Insanely affordable for the amazing quality you get from each bottle. I bought a few bottles to gift to some friends, not that they need much convincing, but I wanted them to get a taste of what can be expected from an "ordinary" wine tasting price (R50 per person).

The Restaurant

My eyebrows raised when I entered the restaurant. What a "WOW"... The restaurant sits in the "Old Stable", dated 1767. You get the historic feel with the original stone floor and wooden mangers that have been lovingly restored and blend seamlessly with pristine white furniture, ghost chairs, historical photographs and blue Dutch tiles.

What you see on my plate is the "Harrisa Lamb Ragu" - a mouthwatering dish paired with Groot Phesantekraal's Berliet, the limited edition Pinotage. A true hearty and wholesome meal that leaves little space for dessert.

If we were on a "judging panel" and had to lift our scoring boards for the entire experience, no doubt that it would all be a solid "TEN" across the board!

You can have your wine tasting outside, while enjoying the picturesque views of this estate from their grassy terrace. Delectable cheese and charcuterie platters are also on offer. SIP on Groot Phesantekraal wines and enjoy the view across the vineyards and farmland.

To Visit Groot Phesantekraal, contact them on the details below: Tel: 021 825 0060 Tasting Room: wines@phesantekraal.co.za Restaurant: restaurant@phesantekraal.co.za Website: www.grootphesantekraal.co.za Address: Groot Phesantekraal Farm Klipheuwel Way (R302) Durbanville 7550 **Bookings are essential** Opening Hours: Tasting and Sales: Open Tuesdays to Friday from 8am to 4:30pm and Saturday 9am to 2:30pm. Restaurant: - Open For Breakfast on Monday to Friday from 8am to 11am and for Lunch from 12pm to 3pm. - Open for Brunch on a Saturday from 9am to 2:30pm. - Saturdays on the lawn open form 10am to 2:30pm. - Sundays: Closed

From me, Justin Uncorked. Until next time!

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