2019 is coming to a quick close, and what better way to wind down and prepare for the joys of December and summertime relaxation than with some expertly-selected wine by the sea? November saw us return to Umhlanga for our Art, Food & Wine event in association with Durbanville Hills, who showed off their new Collectors Reserve Range at The Village Table restaurant, accompanied by the soothing melodies and blues of musician Rorke Kemp.
The Collectors Reserve Range is Durbanville Hills’ latest in new, premium wine and has been specially crafted with Cape Town in mind, using only the finest grapes from Cape Town’s best vineyards. The range has been designed as a collector’s item for wine and art lovers alike, with vibrant Capetonian artist Theo Voster having been commissioned to bring prominent Cape Town landmarks to life on the range’s bottles. What makes this range so unique? Durbanville Hills’ very own winemaker, Martin Moore, sought out spots within vineyards that had different, unique flavours and used these special little spots to inform the varietals and the spectacular landmarks that would be reflected in each bottle. If you have a look at the range yourself, you will see that each wine tells a story. Whether it is that of the cannon sounding through the Mother City at high noon, or of the natural phenomenon of the cool Cape Mist.
Guests arrived to a choice between Durbanville Hills Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc and Durbanville Hills MCC, kicking off a vibey, relaxing evening. Not long after being seated, we enjoyed a welcome speech from our founder, Sybil Doms, and were treated to incredible insights on the Durbanville Hills Collectors Reserve Range by the winemaster himself! Here, we heard of the great thought and personal investment that went into selecting and crafting each varietal in this new range.
The food for the evening was nothing short of exceptional, and guests were able to enjoy a variety of options for starters and mains. Starters consisted of a choice between sweet potato fish cakes served on a bed of rocket with lemon wedges or the Village Table Salad – a bed of greens tossed with cucumber, olives and dried cranberries. Either option was paired with the Durbanville Hills Collectors Reserve Chenin Blanc, which is a tribute to the Company’s Gardens and the origins of Chenin Blanc in the Cape of Good Hope.
Mains offered a choice between smokey 150g beef fillet served with wild mushroom risotto and butter and sage sauce; chicken roulade stuffed with mushrooms, spinach, gorgonzola served alongside dauphinoise potatoes and ratatouille; or wild mushroom risotto. All three options were paired with the Durbanville Hills Collectors Reserve Merlot and Durbanville Hills Chardonnay, the former of which celebrates the cheery red and white candy-striped lighthouse in Green Point with its foghorn, affectionately known as “Moaning Minnie”.
For those with a sweet tooth, dessert would have proven a definite highlight: dark chocolate mousse served with crushed meringue and berry compote. This was paired with the Durbanville Hills Collectors Reserve Pinotage – intended to celebrate Cape Town’s famous promenade and serve as a beautiful reminder that certain experiences should be savoured and enjoyed at a leisurely pace (something we believe to be true, at Come Join Us).
Our latest event did not just celebrate art, food and wine, it celebrated Cape Town and, in doing so, South Africa. If one part of our beautiful country can tell countless stories through lovingly crafted wine, imagine the stories that can be told throughout, and in all other mediums? In winding down our own year, we couldn’t think of a more fitting event: our evening took guests from the shores of Umhlanga to the Winelands of Cape Town, and celebrated our country along the way – that is what Come Wine With Us and Come Join Us events are about: celebration.
Read about our past events, and to avoid disappointment and make sure you don’t miss out on the next one: follow us on all of our social channels and subscribe to our mailing list – we’ve got one more Johannesburg event for 2019, which you can find out more about here.