20 minutes outside of Cape Town, nestled in the heart of Durbanville is a quaint wine farm by the name of Nitida. Named after the Protea Nitida, which grows unexpectedly among the West Coast Renosterveld flora, the success of these handmade wines was also very unexpected. Bernhard Veller and his wife Peta Veller, purchased this farm back in 1990 to live and make the “occasional” bottle of wine on. Fast forward a few years later and they have made their very first double-gold Sauvignon Blanc and were recognised as a benchmark Semillon producer by 2001.
With a story like this, you can only imagine my excitement when I received an exclusive invitation to experience the Nitida Wine and Food Pairing from Jade Allen, MD of Red Carpet Concepts. I was chauffeured in style to Durbanville and greeted with a lovely (and bottomless) glass of bubbly, The Matriarch white Method Cap Classique.
The Matriarch is a tribute to Peta’s mother, Christine, who helped the couple finance the wine farm some 20 odd years ago. The Matriarch is a wonderfully balanced drink that shows elegance and intense strength. I thoroughly enjoyed the delicate fruity taste that came through, but I had to force myself to decline the third glass of bubbly.
After all, I was there to experience the incredible wines and unique foods from Cassia, the restaurant situated on Nitida, and the day was still very young. Slow and steady wins the race!
I was presented with a glass of the Sauvignon Blanc 2013 as we waited for the tasting to begin. I was honoured to find out that we would be one of the first few people to taste this new wine that encapsulates 20 pickings with 20 different flavours, balanced with tropical fruits. It’s an easy drinking wine and a perfect start to the tasting. I was gifted with my very own bottle and very excited to share it with my husband.
My favourite wine and food pairings just so happen to be from the starters, in particular was the confit of duck ravioli with a mustard cream paired with the Coronata Integration 2012. A small bite of the duck ravioli coupled with a sip of my wine transported me to a new place. My mouth was happy, very happy. I clearly have pretty decent taste in wine, because we later found out that the Coronata Integration 2012 was the first 5 star coming out of Durbanville. Well deserved and enthusiastically sipped.
The runner up, in my humble opinion, would be the spicy passion fruit marinated pork fillet and vanilla mash with ginger stir fried vegetables paired with Riesling 2013. The Riesling is the 2nd harvest off the farm, and it has a lovely sugar and floral style to it. It’s so elegant and perfectly paired with the tender pork fillet. I was in absolute heaven! I was filled to the brim by the end of the tasting and absolutely satiated. It was a Saturday afternoon well spent!
Bring the whole family to enjoy a day at Nitida wine farm. The farm is child friendly with a medium sized playground on the premises and an incredibly friendly sheep dog to go along with it. The wine is exceptional, the food is imaginative and you can have an elegant experience minus any airs and graces. Keep your eyes peeled on Nitida wine farm, because I have a feeling that this family run farm will be surprising us for years to come.
Stay In Touch With Nitida
- Tel : +27 21 976 0640
- Fax : +27 21 976 3825
- Email: Cassia
- Website: Cassia
- Twitter: @NitidaWine
- Facebook: Nitida
Tygerbergvalley Road (R13)
Wine Sales and Tasting Room:
Monday – Friday at 9:30 to 5:00
Saturdays from 9:30-3:00
Sundays 11:00 to 3:00
For bookings, kindly contact Nitida on +27 21 976 1467
Post By: Kavuli Nyali-Binase*
If you are looking for an exquisite venue to enjoy your afternoon coffee or indulge in a gourmet sandwich for lunch, few places can compare to Myatt Café and Chocolatier at the V&A Waterfront. Located upstairs next to Charles Greig Jewellers, you’ll find this hidden gem bustling with locals and tourists alike. You are greeted by an eclectic mix of modern and old world charm in terms of décor with comfy chairs and solid wood tables adorned with beautiful flower arrangements.
We chose a corner table that sat beside a ceiling mounted Perspex swing chair; perfect for one’s inner child. Our waitress arrived promptly and beamed as she presented our menus. We ordered two cappuccinos while we paged through the hard cover menus. Our hot beverages arrived within minutes, served in the most beautifully decorated fine bone china cups and saucers accompanied by a macaroon. Best of all, they tasted divine!
As we had just enjoyed a substantial dinner we decided to share something sweet. Talk about options; from multi-coloured macaroons to homemade chocolates, tarts and cakes. This is in addition to their broad breakfast and lunch menu offering sublime salads and nourishing sandwiches. We chose to share profiteroles filled with Haagen Dazs vanilla ice cream and dark chocolate drizzle. Words cannot express the sheer decadence of this combination!
Myatt is also renowned for their afternoon high tea, served with a selection of finger sandwiches, mini croissants, pastries, macaroons, scones and a choice for freshly brewed coffee or your tea of choice.
Our mission was simple, we needed to get our scoop on what all the hype about Burger King was all about and why our fellow Capetonians were queuing day and night to place their orders (even two weeks after its official opening).
The R20 billion global fast food giant opened its first branch in Cape Town City Centre, Heerengracht Square on 9 May 2013 and will be celebrated as the first Burger King outlet to be opened on South African soil. As we waited in the 100+ queue to place our order, we decided to get some comments from some of the hungry hopefuls to pass time.
From what we gathered, it seems that the Burger King craze has spread throughout Cape Town and if you are not talking about it or wondering how it tastes, then you are probably one of the many waiting in line to place your order. Watch the video footage below to see the comments we received from some friendly people who waited in the queue with us:
After chatting to some of Burger King’s customers we decided to have some fun and see how bonded buyers were with their burger. We confronted a gentleman leaving the outlet and asked him if he would be willing to part with his burger in exchange for R100. After a slight hesitation, he obliged and happily walked away R100 richer with no feelings of loss or despair.
Was the meal worth the wait?
So after waiting in the line for approximately 45 minutes and our mouths literally watering, we were finally granted permission to enter the Burger King–Dom. Like most of the people we interviewed, our minds were set on ordering the famous Whopper Burger. After making our way to the self-service soda stream and finding a table in the spacious double story take-away outlet, we were ready to dig in.
We were impressed with the size of this burger (bigger than a McDonalds Big Mac), and even though the medium sized chips seemed small, as a meal it was very filling. The best way to describe the Whopper is if Steers and McDonalds had a baby, it would taste like the Burger King Whopper. The Whopper consists of one flame-grilled beef pattie, plenty of fresh tomato, lettuce, gherkins and some onion rings. Between us there were mixed feelings, but overall we were left feeling quite satisfied from our Burger King experience and will be back again (once the lines are shorter of course). This is definitely value for money, when it comes to buying fast food.
A good source tells us that the cheesy chilli bites and puffy onion rings are a good side choice, which is not offered at other fast food outlets ”Burger King burgers are made exactly the same way around the world and we have to ensure that the quality is absolutely consistent in every new store,” said Grand Parade Investments chairman Hassan Adams. Within five years the network will comprise of approximately 100 outlets and will create an estimated 5000 jobs based on Burger King SA CEO, Jaye Sinclair. If you were wondering where Burger King will branch out to next, they say it will be in Durbanville, Claremont and Athlone this year.
And that was our experience at Burger King. If you would like to tell us about your first Burger King experience, please let us know in the comment box below.