South Africa boasts many magnificent wine estates and it comes as no surprise, that as I am Proudly South African I have decided to share my secret, seasonally influenced fizz with you all.
It is that time of the year were friends and family gather together and toast to a year’s memories that have passed, but will never be forgotten. Being a firm believer that these memories should be treasured and celebrated, what better way to do so, than to serve only the best wine.
It is my fond memories that have inspired me to invite you to enter one of the most beautiful wine estates I have visited.
Situated 15km outside the village of Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Africa in the heart of the Cape Winelands is Solms-Delta. This 320 year old picturesque Franschhoek farm with breathtaking scenery and warm hospitality is a true legacy to the Cape. Driven by his South African roots, world-renowned neuroscientist, Professor Mark Solms revitalized this Delta wine estate, nurturing and cultivating Cape wine-making traditions and captivating the very essence of the Old Cape.
With all of the passion, initiative, dedication and hospitality on this estate, it comes as no surprise that a joyous and celebratory wine was created.
Cape Jazz Shiraz, a Petillant style wine, with a 100% Shiraz grape variety is a fusion of fun and liveliness. Low in alcohol, it is the perfect accompaniment to any celebration. Whether it’s a get together of fabulous friends over the weekend or the anticipation of ringing in the New Year, this refreshing sparkler will most certainly steal the spotlight and you will be praised for your wonderful wine taste!
Opening a bottle of Cape Jazz Shiraz makes me feel as if I were tapping into a fountain of youth, festivity and a lust for life and is therefore my reason why I choose to share this red-coloured fizzy with friends and family for any reason to celebrate.
This well-priced wine upholds the Solms-Delta quality and is reasonably priced. It is available for purchase not only in South Africa, but in the UK, Europe and the US. For further information please visit the Solms-Delta website at the bottom of this page.
Not just a wine estate, Solms-Delta boasts decadent dining. You will be enraptured by the impeccable quality of a very unique and modern take on traditional Cape cuisine. With a unique name from the Afrikaans language which is untranslatable. Fyndraai is a fine Cape kitchen boasting culinary heritage. Built into the site of the farm’s original wine cellar, you will step onto a glass floor which exposes the original foundations that were uncovered during extensive archaeological diggings. The interior of the restaurant is elegant and walls are adorned with 19th Century restored photographs of people of the region, together with colour shots of today’s farm workers.
With a menu as rich in diversity as the South African culture itself, it will tantalize your taste buds and there is a little something for all palates.
Why not try the combo of Cape tempura fried black prawns and pan-fried sea scallops served with lemon flavored pear puree, enhanced with rooibos (red bush tea) and citrus balsamic syrup. Looking for a more meaty meal? Award winning Karoo loin coated in wild herbs, combined with its own marinated grilled fillet, accompanied by fennel and rosemary braised onions and vanilla potato custard with wild mint flavoring. Something sweet? Try the Banana and maple pudding with wild sage indigenous herb syrup and nutty ice cream.
The food is made with much attention to detail, one can almost taste the chef’s loving hand with each bite. All meals are served by smiling and eager waitrons that have all been recruited from the resident farm worker families or from the Franschhoek area and have undergone intensive training, which reflects in the top-notch service you receive.
Catering for all walks of life, Solms-Delta offers perfect picnic baskets for that family outing, right along the estates lush riverside forest. With plenty of space for the kids to run around, while Mom and Dad enjoy one of the many wines available for purchase on site.
Why not gather friends and family and sit back and enjoy a wine tasting and food pairing while listening to the sounds of the on site musical heritage programme – Music van de Caab, who deliver mesmerizing sounds with affluent music traditions from the Cape winelands.
Whether you live in South Africa or if you are planning a holiday to this Culture Rich Country with an abundance of natural beauty, Solms-Delta is a must visit if you are in the Franschhoek area.
Looking back at my memories this year, I will most definitely raise my glass of Cape Jazz Shiraz and toast to a wonderful wine and an amazing wine estate. Cheers!
For more information on this magnificent wine estate, please visit their website:
www.solms-delta.co.za and all of your questions are guaranteed to be answered. If not feel free to contact one of the many helpful staff members who are always available to assist.