Those Haute Cabrière Views
Alright, I’m about to let you in on a trade secret: Introductions are the hardest! I Love Foodies gets to visit many venues, attend events, and taste top-notch foods, so when writing an article or a review, there is a huge sense of responsibility to draft the perfect introduction – an introduction that at least begins to relay all that we get to enjoy. Haute Cabrière made my job very easy. We hopped off the shuttle, and upon turning around, we were greeted with the most gorgeous view of the Franschhoek Valley. Cue introduction!
Views, views, and more views. If you visit Haute Cabrière for no reason other than viewing the outstanding landscapes, it would be a day well spent, but luckily their wines are delectable and the food is just as noteworthy as the wines. So you’ll be in for a treat all round!
Welcome to Haute Cabrière
I Love Foodies was invited to spend a summer’s day at Haute Cabrière in celebrating their new look. The colour of the day was bright yellow to match their newly designed screw tops. When chatting to the winemaker, he explained that there have been many changes at Haute Cabrière and Pierre Jourdan since 1694, all of which contribute to the evolution of the brand we enjoy today. And the new yellow screw tops are yet another step in this evolution.
There is no better way to take in the striking scenery at this prestigious winery than with a glass of Pierre Jourdan MCC Belle Rosé and some delish canapés. We began with a traditional French pissaladière topped with caramelised onion, anchovy, olives and feta. This was then followed by a couple of Saldanha Bay oysters, a dish of seared tuna with ponzu dressing and avocado (my favourite flavour of the day, without a doubt), and, lastly, a saffron chutney and pear brioche, liberally smeared with rich duck liver parfait.
Slowly but surely, the chatty crowd were ushered into the tasting room. The interior made you feel as though you were sitting inside an old wine cellar in Champagne; with the damp air and the cool temperature being a welcomed contrast from the hot South African summer outside.
On The Menu
On the menu, we enjoyed a grilled venison loin resting on a sweet potato pave, accompanied by lightly braised kale and a spiced gastrique. In addition, we enjoyed a succulent line fish with a textured bulgur wheat, quinoa and barley salad, rocket, olives and a tomato vinaigrette that left you wanting for nothing! It was tough to really capture the aesthetics of the dishes as the lighting in the room was rather dim. But, if anything, this should be seen as incentive to go and see the dishes for yourselves.
The culinary experience came to its conclusion with an unusual dessert of baked fig pastry with liquorice ice cream. I have never been a fan of liquorice. But I can now say, with confidence, that I am converted! Lakrids by Bülow Liquorice is made from real liquorice roots and tastes completely different to shop-bought liquorice-flavoured jellies. All the guests received a complimentary tub to take home and I shamelessly consumed the entire container before we arrived back in Cape Town. #NoRegrets
Visit Haute Cabrière
Haute Cabrière is without question a destination wine estate in Franschhoek for food, landscapes and, of course, masterful wines. I’ll certainly be back. Be sure to hide the Lakrids before I return.
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*Photos courtesy of Haute Cabrière.
Article Date: March 2019
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