Unforgettable memories: Your culinary journey at Cape Point Vineyards

by Kyla Van Heerden

By Milou Staub

Nestled against the slopes of Chapman’s Peak in Noordhoek on the Cape Peninsula, Cape Point Vineyards is a testament to the harmonious relationship between nature’s splendour and the artistry of winemaking.

This family-owned estate, uniquely positioned with its iconic backdrop, has become a beacon for wine enthusiasts and those seeking a luxurious escape. More than a winery, Cape Point Vineyards (CPV) is an immersive haven where food, wine, and nature seamlessly converge to create an unforgettable experience.

Terroir unveiled: the magic behind the wines

Beyond a conventional winery, CPV unfolds as a canvas where nature paints the backdrop for exceptional wines. Benefiting from cool sea breezes and ancient mountain soils, the terroir here is nothing short of magical.

The late growing season adds complexity to their signature Sauvignon Blanc, renowned for its distinct mineral tones and unparalleled quality. Visitors are invited on a journey through the estate, exploring vineyards and learning about the meticulous winemaking process that transforms grapes into liquid poetry.

Culinary bliss: a symphony of flavours with a view

Taking the wine experience to new heights, CPV offers culinary delights that celebrate local flavours and culinary expertise. Whether attending the Thursday afternoon market or enjoying laid-back fare at the Courtyard, opting for a gourmet picnic on the lawns, or experiencing a la carte dining at the main restaurant, each dish is a celebration.

Imagine a symphony of flavours as Sushi and Sauvignon Blanc come together during dedicated wine-tasting sessions, offering an artful exploration against the backdrop of sweeping views stretching from mountain ranges to the vastness of the Atlantic Ocean.

Let’s dive into my lunch experience

As I stepped into the world of CPV, little did I know that I was about to embark on a gastronomic journey that would leave an indelible mark on my taste buds.

The starter…

The culinary adventure began with the exquisite Prawn and Salmon Gift Sushi. This delicate creation, a quartet of delectable bites, showcases the perfect marriage of prawn and salmon.

Each piece, adorned with creamy avocado, a hint of caviar, and a drizzle of mayo, was a flavourful revelation. The contrasting textures and the fresh burst of flavours in every bite made it a gift indeed; a harmonious blend of seafood elegance and creamy richness that left me craving more.

My culinary adventure reached new heights with the Buttermilk Soft Shell Crab, a starter that defied my expectations. The deep-fried soft-shell crab, enveloped in a crispy embrace, revealed a perfect harmony of textures.

Each bite, accompanied by the spicy mayo, cucumber pico de gallo, and the delightful tomato soy jam, was a symphony of crunch and spice that ignited my palate and set the tone for the culinary wonders that awaited.

The main course…

The heart of the experience unfolded with the Karoo Lamb main course, a true ode to South African heritage. The Pangrattato crumb on the lamb cutlet, paired with the slow-cooked shoulder, was a revelation of flavours.

The goat’s cheese arancini brought a playful element to the dish, and the minted pea puree introduced a refreshing note that danced on my tongue. The dish was elevated to perfection by the luscious lamb jus, weaving together a narrative of culinary mastery that spoke volumes about Chef Bradley Mathias’ dedication to creating an unforgettable dining experience.

The dessert…

Just when I thought the experience couldn’t get any better, the Textures of Chocolates dessert swept me away. The Blonde chocolaté crémeux, dark chocolate millionaire shortbread, and the delicate chocolate “glass” unfolded a sweet symphony on my senses. It was not just a dessert; it was a masterpiece that celebrated the art of chocolatiers and left me with a lingering sweetness that perfectly concluded my extraordinary dining adventure.

The wine…

To enhance the dining experience, I paired each course with a glass of Cape Point Vineyards Isliedh, adding a sophisticated and complementary element to the culinary journey.

With each sip, the Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon blend unveiled a journey through elevated vineyards with clay-rich, granite soils, a personal celebration of craftsmanship, terroir, and cherished moments.

A destination for those seeking a taste of the extraordinary

As I savoured my meal, a kaleidoscope of activities unfolded around me. Professionals engaged in animated discussions, families with babies brought a heartwarming touch, and lovers found solace under towering trees. Tourists with sun-kissed skin added an international flair, creating a harmonious soundtrack to the picturesque setting.

CPV had become a destination for global wanderers seeking a taste of the extraordinary. Despite it being a weekday, the place was overflowing, yet there was an air of ease and contentment. The staff moved gracefully through the crowd, ensuring everyone felt welcomed, mastering the art of creating an inclusive space for a diverse range of patrons.

The atmosphere, a blend of joyous laughter, international accents, and whispered confessions, was a testament to the universal allure of this remarkable dining destination.

As the sun dipped lower on the horizon, I found myself not just enjoying a meal but being part of an enchanting narrative; a story of shared moments, culinary brilliance, and the timeless beauty of Cape Point Vineyards.

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