With winter exerting an icy, vice-like grip on the Cape, emerging from hibernation requires a little extra coercion…perhaps a sensual bottle of red wine, a fireplace, and delicious and inventive food. Offering all of these at a discounted price this winter is Cavalli Estate, a well-known stud and wine farm in the southern reaches of the Stellenbosch wine route. Since 2014, Cavalli Estate has swept visitors off its feet with its heart-breaking views of Cape winelands scenery and trifecta of wine, food, and art, as well as a rather impressive collection of South African sports memorabilia.
Two years ago, Chef Michael Deg took the reins as executive chef of Cavalli’s flagship restaurant, Equus, and today is dolling out dish after dish and course after course of truly sublime seasonal fare. Now, more than ever, is the time to pay Cavalli a visit because they are running a total spoil of a winter special until the end of August 2019: a set menu of six courses for only R350 or R425 with wines from Cavalli’s portfolio or R485 with international wine pairing.
Chef Michael adheres to a sustainable and seasonal philosophy, showering love and attention on ingredients that are fresh and local, and dishes that are stunningly paired with the seasons. The estate is home to an edible garden from where the kitchen sources as much of 80% of its fresh ingredients so what arrives before you on the plate is a true ambassador to Cavalli and the soil upon which the estate stands.
The winter menu is a set six-course meal – don’t worry; dietary requirements are catered for at Equus – that delivers wave after wave of sensational, winter-inspired fine dining. What you can expect changes with what’s available and Chef Michael’s creative genius (chefs are artist, after all) but think: slow-cooked local octopus and black garlic aioli, apple, squid ink crisp, radish, and fynbos dressing; earthy barley and mushroom porridge with Parmesan cheese custard and an indulgent, velvety mushroom gravy; confit duck leg with orange, fennel marmalade, mustard pommes mousseline, and black kale; and Tonka bean crème caramel with palmiers, a French heart-shaped pastry.
And for the wine lovers: a procession of Cavalli’s outstanding, award-winning wines, starting with the fragrant and fruity Pink Pony Grenache Noir 2015, followed by the Cavalli Cremelo 2016, the estate’s flagship white blend of Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, and Verdelho; and the flagship red: the tall, dark, and handsome Cavalli Warlord 2016, a deep garnet Bordeaux-style blend bursting with intense blackcurrant and plum flavours.
Cavalli Estate is pure indulgence in every sense and for every sense, from the sight of its gorgeous indigenous gardens, dam, and surrounding winelands to the flavours of Chef Michael Deg’s incredible food and the cellar’s beautiful wines. Add to the equation affordability, and not even a textbook Cape storm will keep you from the Stellenbosch winelands this winter.
www.CavalliEstate.com, +27 (0) 21 855 3218