Last Sunday we headed out to enjoy an afternoon in the winelands – one of our fave ways to spend a day!
This time we set our Google Maps destination to Bellevue Wine Estate and we hit the N1. Located on the Bottelary Road, near to our special Mooiplaas, we are well versed in this neck of the winelands but had yet to explore this particular wine estate.
And what a pleasant surprise!
Not only is this a wine estate with a wonderful, rich history, but it’s also home to a brand new restaurant that’s serving delicious food in a family-friendly setting…
The original Cape Dutch homestead on Bellevue Wine Estate was built in 1803 and has been declared a National Monument. Together with the historical home, there is also a signal cannon which formed part of the important defence system of the original Cape Colony.
I didn’t get enough time to find out more about the history of the estate this time as this visit was more about the food and wine, but it certainly seems to be one to find out more about! I love discovering the fascinating history of this part of the world.
What we did do well on this visit was to relax! Bellevue’s restaurant is laid-back and family-friendly, with kids riding bikes around the estates dirt roads and clambering over the jungle gym located in a shady spot within sight of the tables.
Our table was set under the wide veranda overlooking the grass and additional seating for those who wanted to linger longer….
My husband, The Wine Amateur, immediately set himself up at the wine tasting bar inside the cool cellar to taste his way through the wine tasting list.
Sauvignon Blank 2017 R60
A refreshingly tropical fruits of pineapple and litchi on the nose with a well balanced acidity. A steal at R60 a bottle. Perfect for this 35 degree day!
Unwooded Chardonnay 2016 R45
My preference is for a slightly wooded chardonnay, but recently the unwooded chardonnay I have been sampling have really grown on me. This is certainly one of them.
Apple, peach and pear on the nose follow through to a silky palette. Delicious!
Cinsaut 2016 R70
Red is my preferance, and this Cinsaut made an impression. A medium body red with an initial toasty note which gave way to subtle lolipop, vanilla and pepper on the nose following through perfectly with an easy silky spiciness and fresh minerality.
Shiraz 2016 R60
This Bottelary Road hosts some of my favorite wine farms, producing outstanding reds. This Shiraz was delicious. White pepper, mocha and wood smoke accompany the mulberries on the nose with dark fruits on the palette.
Pinotage 2012 100
Produced from old, low yielding bush vines and then matured in American oak for 12 months, this Pinotage has a light edge, and produces notes of pepper, cigar, sour cherry on the nose with more intense follow through on the palette with a lingering finish and easy tannins.
P.K. Morkel Pinotage 2010 R225
Made in honour of P.K. Morkel, who planted Pinotage on Bellevue Wine Estate in 1953, this is a well rounded Pinotage, displaying deep blackberry and plum notes on the nose and lovely integrated oak and subtle tannins to finish. This is a delicious Pinotage!
Bellevue 1953 Single Vineyard Pinotage 2016 R545
Unfortunately for me this was not available for tasting.
All of Bellevue’s available-for-purchase vintages are showcased in their tasting room and the good news is that visitors are privy to special ‘Cellar Door Prices’ and hassle-free national delivery. Remember to buy direct from the farm when you can!
After sampling Bellevue’s wines it was time to try their food…
Located in one of the historical wings of the cellar, the newly-renovated restaurant boasts a fresh and modern interior with large leather couches, an oversized terrace and contemporary furnishes. With it’s refreshing, contemporary feel, the restaurant and tasting room offer the perfect place to unwind and enjoy an afternoon of leisure – in a group or as a family of 4 enjoying Sunday lunch.
The menu offers a great selection of mouth-watering dishes to suit every taste and pocket: from classic breakfasts to mezze, charcuterie and cheese platters, plus a kiddies menu offering firm favourites such as burgers and pizzas and the always welcome, ice-cream!
We ordered starters of a Classic Chicken Caesar Salad and a Salmon Quiche while the kids got stuck into their pizza and burger respectively.
For mains I opted for the Linguine Verde served with garden greens, Kalamata olives, roasted artichoke, summer tomato and pesto which was incredible. I paired my meal with a glass of the Bellevue Unwooded Chardonnay which was delightfully fresh and light for a summery afternoon. At R45 a bottle it’s certainly one I’ll be stocking up on!
Brad always orders Pork Belly or Ribs if they are on the menu – and he was in luck because Pork Belly Ribs was! Served with a garden salad and skinny fries he paired his main with a glass of Cinsaut – a medium bodied wine that shows hints of raspberry and strawberry on the palate.
Valentine’s Dinner – A Food & Wine Pairing Evening
Wednesday 14 Feb
Bookings: [email protected]
Bottelary Road, Koelenhof Stellenbosch Western Cape 7605 South Africa
Tel: 021 865 2054
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Tuesday – Sunday from 09:00 to 17:00
Fridays from 09:00 to 19:00
Tasting Room Hours:
Monday- Saturdays from 09:00 to 17:00
Images: Kathryn Rossiter