Living so close to the Stellenbosch wine route, it was hard to resist popping into Zevenwacht Wine Estate. This estate also has a special place in our hearts, because it was where we got married, back in 2013. Zevenwacht is another one of my childhood places as we used to visit regularly for picnics. However, I have since found them to be a little over-priced, and thus opted to visit the restaurant this time instead.
The restaurant is situated within a Cape Dutch-style house (see below) and overlooks a dam with really stunning views (see below). If the weather is nice, it's much better to sit outside.
Before lunch, we popped in for some wine tasting. They have a cosy tasting room (see below); with a fireplace that must be really nice in winter. We picked the more expensive wine tasting option of R50, as that enabled us to taste the Z Collection and Flagship Wine range. We tasted 6 wines and the best two (in our opinion) were the 360° Sauvignon Blanc 2015 and the Syrah 2014. The Sauvignon Blanc was produced from one block of wines, and typically costs R114 a bottle. The Syrah costs a very reasonable R89 a bottle and has flavours of white pepper, red fruit and floral tones. We weren't particularly impressed by the service, though. We happened to be served by a lady who did not appear to be particularly knowledgeable about the wines and was not as attentive as one would expect. This is disappointing, as another table seemed to have a very friendly, very knowledgeable man serving them. So I guess your wine tasting experience will be determined by who serves you on the day.
After wine tasting, we went to the Zevenwacht Restaurant. We were promptly seated, but then waited a while before being attended to. When we were eventually served, we were lucky enough to get a great waiter who was both efficient and friendly. We ordered a bottle of Chenin Blanc, which was nice and cool on a hot day. It is interesting to note that because the restaurant is run separately to the estate, they do not allow you to bring in any wine, including Zevenwacht's wine. So you cannot buy a cheaper bottle around the corner at the tasting room, and bring it to the restaurant.
We opted to go for a main course and a dessert. For mains, Gary picked the Herb-flavoured Ostrich fillet (see below left) for R175. It was served with a sweet potato and butternut puree, rosemary and garlic potato mash, sautéed green beans, and a pomegranate jus. I picked the Glazed duck breast (see below right) for R155. It was served with roasted fresh figs, carrot and orange puree, sautéed fennel bulb, roasted sweet potato and balsamic honey sauce. Although the flavours of both dishes are truly lovely, the meat was a bit tough, and so we found the dishes to be a tad over-priced. Had they been about R100-R120 each, they would have been better value for money.
The table next to us were eating some really great-looking desserts, and so we decided we'd order some too. Gary ordered the Dark Chocolate Fondant (see below left) for R65. It was served with an Amaretto froth. For this dessert, you have to allow for a 15 minute waiting period, but it was worth it. I ordered the Belgian White Chocolate and Lavender Bruleé (see below right) for R45. I really enjoyed this dessert and thought that they made a good effort to present it nicely.
As mentioned above, the estate also offers picnics. Their picnics are R400 for two people and include food such as; breads, patês, cold meats, cheeses, biscuits and salads. They do, however, have something a little different called a Farm House Braai Basket, which includes meat for you to braai, salads, breads, cheese and biscuits and strawberry cheesecake, also for R400. Here, you can choose your own picnic spot and have a braai. The estate provides you with wood, firelighters and a grid, and you just need to make, and supervise, your braai yourself. It's great for families with kids, because Zevenwacht has a large kiddies play area, where you can relax while they enjoy themselves too. They also provide a Kiddies Basket for R60.
Contact: +27 (0) 21 900 5800
Address: Langverwacht Road, Kuils River, 7579
Note: I'm excited to say that starting with my next blog post, I'm going to be including a rating percentage on each place I visit.