Last night was not just another, regular Friday evening (which normally does include a glass of wine or two for us). We spent last night with Dirk and Frans at Bottelary Hills Wine Centre in Stellenbosch at their annual Soup and Wine Evening.
A few different wine farms in the region came together to exhibit their flagship wines, paired with mouth-watering soups. A few well-known farms (and some of our favourites) such as Simonsig Wines, Groenland Wines and Beyerskloof represented, as well as a few new favourites like Bellevue Wines and Mooiplaas Wines. A total of 10 Stellenbosch Wine Farms, a few bottles of wine each, delicious soup all contributed to an evening well spent.
Team SOCA wasted no time settling in and started snapping some amazing videos and pictures. We first tried something new to us, Kaapzight Wines. The Pinotage, aged for 24 months and very a very popular wine in the region is a definite must-try. The strong berry taste really complimented the paired soup which was an amazing Lamb Shank and Beef Soup.
Next up, Sterhuis Wines with an amazing Mussel soup to go with their classic wines. Team SOCA really enjoyed trying this new-to-us wine. Unfortunately we didn’t get the name of our favourite, but it was absolutely amazing, full on spicy and strong and not like something we have ever tried before. We will definitely have to visit Sterhuis Wines’‘ tasting room to find this gem.
A new SOCA favourite farm, Mooiplaas Wines was up next. The presentation of their wines and service was fantastic and the wines self, even better! Our most-liked, the Vino Baruzzo Novello (try saying that three times in a row), a classic Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Blanc. Do yourself a favour and try this one out!
Now, an Estate that needs little introduction – Simonsig Wine Estate. Dealing with Simonsig on previous occasions we simply adore them and their wines. The Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Brut is the perfect companion to any celebratory event. After all, there’s a saying that goes: ‘Always keep a bottle of champagne in the fridge for special occasions, sometimes the special occasion is that you have a bottle of wine in the fridge’.
Another new farm to SOCA was Eenzaamheid Wine Farm. Nestled in the corner, this stand was so popular, not even Team SOCA managed to invade. We will just have to add them to our ‘must-visit’ list.
Beyerskloof. We all know and love them. Pinotage. Cab Sauvignon Merlot. Synergy. Tasted them all, love them all. If you are one of the few who haven’t been to Beyerskloof or tasted their wines, we highly recommend you do so.
Heading to the far side of Bottelary Hills’ upper level we have Groenland Wines, Bellevue and Kanu Wines. Groenland surely impressed us with their Antoinette Marie, a full-bodied blend, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot. Another strong and spicy wine we will add to our collection. Kanu Wines offered the most delicious little fritters, a perfect red wine companion.
We ended off the evening on a very high note with Bellevue Wines. A 2012 Pinotage paired with a Butter Chicken Soup and real home-made, traditional farm bread. We heard they are currently re-doing their tasting room, looking forward to visiting them in the near future!
A perfect winter evening spend with great wines, delicious soups and plenty of interesting new friends! Not sure who of Team SOCA enjoyed themselves the most, but I think it’s safe to say it was a massive success. Thanks, BHWC – we’ll see you again next year!