Slanghoek & Breedekloof wines showing off

Cristian Eedes, renowned wine writer and judge, had some great comments on especially 2 wines from the Slanghoek Valley during the Breedekloof Food & Wine Gala held at the Cullinan Hotel last week…

The Breedekloof Food and Wine Pairing Gala Dinner is an annual event which sees producers from the district come to Cape Town to show off their wares and while I thought the line-up last year was patchy at best, the wines last night were much more convincing. The reputation of Opstal Carl Everson Chenin Blanc 2012 precedes it (93 points on this blog, 5 Stars in Platter’s, R120 a bottle) while Deetlefs Familie Red Blend 2011 (R320 a bottle) again demonstrated that this cellar is capable of real sophistication. A blend of 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 29% Pinotage and 13% Malbec, it was medium bodied with red and black cherries, carefully judged oak and good freshness (score: 87/100).

Wine of the night however was the Slanghoek Private Collection Crème de Chenin 2013. To give you a sense of scale, this cellar processes some 37 000 tons of grapes a year, equivalent to 30 million litres of wine, of which 3% ends up under its own label. The Crème de Chenin, a natural sweet including 8% Hanepoot in the blend and selling for R35 a bottle, amounts to all of 2 500 litres. I thought the 2013 was really impressive with startling fruit purity and zippy acidity – some fynbos on the nose, peach through granadilla on the palate, it should only gain in complexity over the next two to five years (score: 89/100).

Valentine’s under the stars @ Opstal

With Valentine’s Day around the corner why not treat your loved one to an evening to remember. Celebrate this age old tradition at Opstal Estate, with our ‘Valentine under the stars’ on Friday, 14 February (6pm)

Booking is essential and costs R180 per person.
Contact 023 344 3001 or for more information or to secure your table.

Slanhoek Mountain Bike Route

Come and enjoy the majestic scenery and tranquility of the Slanghoek MTB Route! The route, which starts and ends at Slanghoek Cellar, comprises a 13km ride with an optional extra 4km loop. The 13km route is suitable for beginners and the whole family, crossing streams with bridges and cycling through a camp with game! The optional extra 4km loop is more challenging and technical with some great climbs and downhills, for the fitter and more experienced rider.

Enter this date to your Diary - 11 Oct 2014

That’s when the annual Mountain2Mountain MTB Classic presented by Slanghoek Cellar will take place

More info here

Robbie Wessels & Bok van Blerk performs at Jason’s Hill

Jason’s Hill is hosting top SA performers!!!

Less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town you’ll find the family owned wine estate, Jason’s Hill Private Cellar, which is also the venue for a not-to-be missed concert by well known SA performers Robbie Wessels and Bok van Blerk, scheduled for Saturday, 25 January 2014.

Both artists will be performing some of their popular songs as well as a few new ones. So, relax and unwind on the estate’s immaculate lawns whilst the kids run around and take in the natural surroundings before the show starts at 7pm And to ensure you don’t go hungry or thirsty delicious food and refreshments will be available to purchase at the venue on the day.

Tickets cost R160 per person and can be purchased directly from Computicket. For more information contact Jason’s Hill Private Cellar on 023 344 3256 or

Blend your own wine at Slanghoek Winery

The winemakers at Slanghoek Winery, recognized that people have individual tastes. So they have decided to give visitors the opportunity to attempt the delicate art of winemaking.

Visitors get to create their own style using a combination of three cultivars in a variety of proportions, to create a wine that impresses friends and colleagues and is bottled under a personalized label.

The Bottle & Blending dates for 2014 are:

10 May

16 August

08 November

Contact the Winery for bookings and more info - 023 344 3026