So after a long wait, we FINALLY headed out to Rhebokskloof Wine Estate for the day to meet with Henrico, the tasting room manager, for a wine tasting and lunch. This time, I got to take one of my besties along for the ride (lucky her).
Rhebokskloof is situated along the Paarl Wine Route - not too far out from Cape Town. It prides itself on being family friendly with a little bit of something for everyone: they have internationally awarded wines to taste in the tasting room, delicious burgers to eat in the restaurant, a mountain bike track and a big picnic area which includes a kiddies play area.
The farm itself has been around for some time - since 1692 - but has since been reclaimed in 1986. One of the earlier houses remains and has been restored as the main homestead.
Our first stop was the wine tasting venue (see below) where we met with Henrico.
On the day we visited, it was quite cold and pouring with rain, so we were super chuffed to see this big, cosy fire burning (see below).
Then our wine tasting began. Because it was cold, we opted to taste some of the red wines and they do have some great ones (see below). We tasted the following:
The Flatrock 2016 - a red blend
The Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz 2015
The MGS 2015
The Pinotage 2016
The Shiraz 2016
The Black Marble Hill Syrah 2015
Rhebokskloof is known for their Shiraz, and it certainly didn't disappoint. It's spicy, peppery and juicy and has light flavours of oak. It's a full-bodied wine and so it's perfect to sip in front of the fire, like we did.
Although the Shiraz was really lovely, the Syrah was something special. At R323 a bottle, it's certainly not the cheapest, but it's incredibly smooth. It has all the flavours I've grown to enjoy: dark plum, spicy and peppery with a light oaky taste. We drank the 2015 vintage, but I can imagine this wine would be great in 10 years from now. I'd recommend buying a bottle and keeping it for a special occasion.
But I also really enjoyed the MGS - a great blend of Mourvedre, Grenache and Shiraz. (On a side note, I think I am a hectic Mourvedre fan). It's also quite smooth and I like the berry flavours you get from the Grenache and the spiciness from the Shiraz. The added Mourvedre marries the two together quite nicely. It's R148 a bottle and also a lovely 'fireplace' wine (see below).
While we were tasting our wines, Henrico organised "something small" for us to snack on (see below).
This bread platter was lovely and we actually tucked into a fair bit of it 🙂 They included an olive tapenade, a peppadew dip and a chicken liver paté. But that butter was just the best! (Like, I could live off it!)
After our tasting, we went to the restaurant for even more food 🙂
I was so torn with what to order! They have a range of salads, burgers and main meals, so there are so many options for an indecisive person like me. You can check out their menu here.
My friend opted for the Pork Belly for R162 as that dish is one of the popular ones (see below). The pork belly is slow roasted and served with a mustard mash, braised red cabbage, poached baby pear and a smoked apple sauce. It's a real winter-warmer and really delicious. She loved it! I thought it was presented really nicely and the mustard mash paired perfectly with the pork.
I eventually went with a FAB burger for R125. This burger really is fab! (Cheesy, I know.) It's made with a 200gram beef patty and topped with bacon, guacamole and feta (see below). It's really delicious and I can see why their burgers are so popular! The patty was slightly pink inside, as it should be, and the chips were cooked perfectly.
The burgers are great to eat in cold weather inside the restaurant, but I can imagine it would be pretty cool to order plates of burgers for your table and sit outside in the summer months. There is a large kiddies play area (see below), so you can sit at a table close by and keep an eye on your kids at the same time. #handy
There is also a massive grass area where they have concerts and events sometimes (see below). They also allow you to sit there and order one of their picnics. Obviously, it looks a bit cold and dreary now, as it was raining when we went, but it's a lovely spot for summer as it's nice and cool to sit under the trees and to have a view of their beautiful dam.
You can check out their picnic menu here. (They have a kiddies picnic menu too.)
We had a really great time at Rhebokskloof. Henrico is the perfect person to go through your wine tasting with you as he is incredibly knowledgeable about wines in general, but also passionate about Rhebokskloof and the great wines they are producing. He's a real people person and enjoys telling you stories about each of the wines and the history of the farm itself. Thanks, Henrico, for having us!
You can visit the farm for a wine tasting from 9:00am to 17:00pm on weekdays and from 10:00am to 15:00pm over the weekend. A typical wine tasting costs a very reasonable R25 for 5 wines and you are also able to order a platter from the deli.
You can visit the restaurant from 9:00am to 17:00pm from Monday to Sunday.
Contact: 021 869 8386
Address: Noord Agter - Paarl Road, Windmeul, Paarl, 7623
Star Rating: ****
Note: We were invited to visit Rhebokskloof by Henrico and so thus everything we received was complimentary. This review is therefore based on this experience alone.