The most recent heatwave to hit Cape Town did so on a lazy, perfectly still Saturday morning. It wasn’t long before my husband and I found ourselves thirsting for something crisp and refreshing. Unsurprisingly, we headed out to explore the local Cape Winelands, a popular pastime for those living in the Cape.
We soon found ourselves at the sublime Diemersdal Wine Estate in the Durbanville Wine Valley where a few of our equally parched companions awaited us. Opting to sit on the shaded terrace, we got stuck into the tasting menu immediately. At R25.00 for a six-wine tasting, we were impressed with both the variety on offer as well as the affordability.
With temperatures pushing 40oC we opted to taste six of the available white wines, each and every one bowling us over and leaving us begging the lovely hostess for more. We soon realised that a mere tasting would simply not satisfy our thirst and we ordered a bottle of the devilishly delicious Diemersdal Sauvignon Blanc Reserve.
By this time we were all quite eager to get ourselves into a more relaxed, preferably horizontal position, so we headed out to the lush green lawns overlooking the dam. We kicked off our shoes and made ourselves comfortable in the shade of a nearby umbrella, positioning what seemed like hundreds of comfy cushions around us. It wasn’t long before our wine arrived, followed by a cheese and charcuterie platter fit for a king….or in this case five Capetonians. We ‘oohed’ and ‘aahed’ and fell over ourselves to get a taste of every delicious morsel. We were spoilt for choice with five different cheeses, four varieties of cold meats and an array of preserves & toppings.
I’m not ashamed to tell you that one platter slowly turned into two and a single bottle of Sauvignon blanc gradually became four. After many lazy hours we left Diemersdal a little unsteadily but 100% certain that it had been an afternoon well spent and that we would most certainly be back.
I would highly recommend a visit to this local gem, whether you’re a born and bred Capetonian or a visitor to our lovely shores.
Written by: Tamsyn Lombard for eat.art