Wine tasting is one of the best ways to spend a day in Cape Town. Combine the delicious wines with some of the most beautiful landscapes on earth, century old architecture, and it’s no surprise that it’s one of Cape Town’s most beloved activities.
Most people will head to Stellenbosch or Franschoek. Dare to be different and visit the Somerset West Winelands, on the slopes of the Hottentots Holland mountain range, and this is one wine tasting experience you won’t forget in a hurry.
Think incredible setting. Spectacular scenery. Picturesque backdrop. These are just some of the words to describe Onderkloof Estate.
Onderkloof Estate dates back from the 18th century when Dutch governor of the Cape, Willem Adriaan van der Stel’s sheep grazed here. What used to be an old stable is now transformed into a wine cellar where all the wine magic happens.
An 18-seater long table along with high beam ceiling, forms part of the warm, comfortable ambiance of the tasting room. Not to mention the stunning view over the False Bay that is as pretty as a picture.
So many people have already written about the history and story behind the owner, Beat Musfeld, as well as his son, Yves Musfeld, who is the winemaker behind Onderkloof’s incredible wines.
Yves Musfeld’s lovely wife, Luanne, took us down to the cellar via a beautiful spiral stairway. High stainless steel tanks greet you as you walk through the cellar with a barrel room that can tell many interesting stories.
At one stage the previous owner used the room as a squash court for his daughter and quite recently it was used as a dance floor at a recent wedding reception.
CHENIN BLANC 2017
We started off with a glass of Onderkloof Chenin Blanc 2017. It is a well balanced Chenin Blanc showing fresh notes of tropical fruit and with a prominent minerality on the nose. Great structure with a refreshing, lingering aftertaste.
This Chardonnay is refreshing with apricot and citrus flavours coming through on the palate with a great creamy texture. Aromas of stone fruit and citrus with vanilla notes in the background. A delicious wine that can be enjoyed at any occasion.
BLANC DE BLANC 2017
The Blanc de Blanc is a delicious yet elegant fruity wine which makes for an easy everyday drinking wine with its distinct components of Muscat. It is very fruity and aromatic on the nose.
This charmful wine is nothing short of pleasant. It creates a great balance of acidity and sweetness. It is definitely a favourite!
CABERNET FRANC 2014
It has a deep dark ruby colour. Vibrant cinnamon and spice fill the nose with plums and cherry flavours on the palate. This is a full-bodied Cabernet Franc with a great structure of tannins that will lead to a mineral aftertaste. This is one of my favourite wines with great elegant characters.
Interesting fact is that the Cabernet Franc 2014 has been recognised by internationally renowned wine commentator, Tim Atkin, as the Best Value Red!
SIR LOWRY CLASSIC BLEND 2014
This is a wonderful blend of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon with aromas of blue berries, cranberries and a hint of mocha. This wine is elegant and pleasant to enjoy everyday.
This Pinotage shows potential with aromas of plum and black cherries and some spicy notes. Elegant flavours and is quite smooth. A classic Pinotage that is made to enjoy and drink at any occasion.
Why not have Onderkloof Estate as a weddng venue? A ceremony can be held in the tasting room area with the reception in the wine cellar. The venue can take up to maximum 90 people.
MONTHLY SELFIE COMPETITION
The tasting room a Onderkloof Estate is open the first Saturday of every month. Why not participate in their Selfie Competition where you stand the chance to win two bottles of Onderkloof wine!
BARREL TASTING – APRIL EVENT
A Barrel Tasting is happening this Saturday (7 April 2018). Join in the fun with Onderkloof’s winemaker as he will explain about the winemaking process. You will also get the opportunity to taste the difference between wine in barrel and wine ready for bottle!
Tasting cost R50 per person to taste 7 of their amazing wines and if you buy 2 bottles your tasting is waivered.