Wine of the month

Each month, Luxofood highlights few selected wines, their origin, their characteristics and how to pair them with food.

This Month the selected wines are from:

DURBANVILLE

Wine has been made in the Durbanville area from the end of the 17th century but it wasn’t until the late 1990s when Durbanville Hills Wines was established. Seven grape farmers and DISTELL agreed to build a cellar as part of a joint venture to make their own wine and today there are nine member producers.

Durbanville began as an “outspan” (resting place) area named Pampoenkraal that became a meeting place for early travellers, transport riders and local farmers. In 1685, one of the farms in the area, Roosboom, so impressed Governor of the Cape, Simon van der Stel that he noted it for posterity. At the time of his trip, the first farmers had been in the region around the spring and the pan for over twenty years. The spring became a popular resting place during the early 18th century. Travellers to and from the coast would stop here to replenish water and food supplies, creating a demand for fresh meat and a market for cattle farmers. Soon cattle farming was supplemented with wheat production. Not long after, the first vineyards were planted and within a decade most farmers were producing enough wine for themselves and their dependants. As early as 1702 the first surplus of wine was recorded among the producers and could very well have resulted in the first sales of wine from the region. This small village developed over time and was named Durbanville in 1886.

THE STORY OF OUR DURBANVILLE HILLS RANGE

The actual hills themselves are not referred to as Durbanville Hills but rather as the Tygerberg or “Leopard Mountain”. This name came about when the early Cape Settlers in the mid-1600s called the hills Gevlekte Luipaartsberg (Spotted Leopard Mountain) because they were reminded of leopard skin by the striped effect of the patchwork of the indigenous shrub covering the hills. This name later changed to Tygerberg, but since our range of entry level wines are shaped by this unique landscape, we chose to stick to the name, Durbanville Hills as it best reflects the magnificent diversity.

Wines Highlight

DURBANVILLE HILLS MERLOT

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TASTING NOTES

Medium to full-bodied wine with sweet fruits on palate, rounded off with silky tannins and a full mouth feel that has a prolonged after taste.

PAIRING

Perfectly paired with rich meat dishes prepared plainly with hints of rosemary and thyme.

TEMPERATURE

Between 24ºC and 26ºC

More details: https://www.durbanvillehills.co.za/wine/durbanville-hills-merlot/

DURBANVILLE HILLS CABERNET SAUVIGNON

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TASTING NOTES

An elegant, medium to full-bodied wine with silky tannins, lingering ripe dark fruit and hints of dark chocolate.

PAIRING

Serve with plainly grilled steak, leg of lamb with rosemary or thyme roast turkey steak as well as kidney pie and Matured Gouda/Gruyère

TEMPERATURE

Between 24ºC and 26ºC

More details: https://www.durbanvillehills.co.za/wine/durbanville-hills-cabernet-sauvignon-2/