My down duvet has come out the kist. My ‘sexy’ fluffy bunny slippers have come out the closet. I’ve bought a snood… These are telling things indeed, but what really marks the beginning of winter for me, is my increasing preference for red over white.
How lucky then that it’s time for one of my favourite Cape winter wine events – the annual Shiraz and Charcuterie festival. Normally held on the Hartenberg Estate, this year it moves to another of my special places, Joostenberg Deli on the outskirts of Stellenbosch.
Carl Schultz, celebrated winemaker at Hartenberg Estate (widely regarded as one of South Africa’s oldest and leading producers of Shiraz for more than 40 years), has invited a select group of 17 other winemakers to showcase their wines at this indulgent day of Shiraz and Charcuterie.
From the Hartenberg stable you’ll be able to taste their internationally acclaimed Hartenberg Estate Shiraz, their limited-release Gravel Hill and their popular Doorkeeper Shiraz. Apart from Hartenberg, you’ll be able to taste the Shiraz offerings of other leading Cape estates like Anthonij Rupert Wyne, Cederberg Private Cellar, La Motte, Leopard’s Leap, Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines and Waterford.
Feast of Shiraz & Charcuterie: Saturday, 30 May at Joostenberg Deli, Stellenbosch.
I can’t think of a better pairing for the spicy, peppery awesomeness of Shiraz than fine charcuterie. So it’s a good thing there will be loads of that on offer as well, with some of the country’s finest charcuterie masters showcasing their products. There will be cheese and olives too, but if you really want to sink your teeth into something substantial, you’ll have your pick from some of the Cape’s top restaurants, cafés and bistros.
The Feast of Shiraz and Charcuterie kicks off at noon this Saturday. If you want to learn a bit more about this noble cultivar, pitch earlier and take your seat at the special tutored tasting from 10h00 to 11h30. Note though that seating is limited to 30 guests, and will work on a first-come first-serve basis.
Tickets are available directly from Webtickets at a cost of R180 per person, and include your entrance fee as well as wine tastings.
Joostenberg Deli is situated on the R304 just off the N1 in the direction of Paarl.
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