As our holiday was drawing to an end, we made another visit to Under Oaks in Paarl. We'd always liked this place as you can sit outside under the oak trees (see below), which is quite enjoyable on warm, summer afternoons.
They offer a standard wine tasting inside where you are able to taste 4 wines of the day for R25 per person. They also offer wine pairings: either with Turkish Delight, Lindt Chocolate or Pizza. (If you are keen to try any of those, you would have to book in advance.) I've tried the Turkish Delight pairing, which was really great! The wines were appropriately paired with the various flavours of Turkish Delight as follows:
Sauvignon Blanc - ginger
Chardonnay - orange
Merlot - chocolate
Shiraz - almond
Muscadel - rose
Some people believe that the sweet flavours of the Turkish Delight actually take away from the flavour of the wine. I do see their point, however, I think that when you choose to go for this type of thing, you aim to enjoy the experience itself for what it is - something fun and different.
Today, we ordered a bottle of the 2016 Sauvignon Blanc. (If you don't know me by now - that is always my 'go-to' wine). It's R99 a bottle (see below left) and is fruity and well-balanced, with flavours of fig, green pepper, granadilla and asparagus. I've also tried their lower range white blend of both Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc called the Bla Bla Bla White for R69 a bottle. It is nice enough, especially for the price, but I much prefer the Sauvignon Blanc.
The venue has some nice décor touches, like these wine barrels (see below right). They also have a kids' play area with a big, open grass patch.
For our lunch, we ordered a Garlic Pizza bread with garlic and olive oil for R35 (see below left). I ordered a gluten free Farmer Pizza (R95) which has toppings of boerewors sausage, spring onions and feta (see below right).
Although it was tasty, I much preferred my pizza the last time I visited, which was about 9 months ago. Here is a picture of that pizza (see below) and it really did taste as good as it looked. However, I'd still go back. Not many places are able to get gluten free pizzas as tasty as these are.
Overall, we had a great time. The staff could be a little more friendly, but the atmosphere, food and wine makes up for it.
Contact: +27 (0)21 869 8962
Address: Noord Agter Paarl Road, Paarl, 7620