Towering above the harbour and the V&A Waterfront is where you would find The Silo Hotel. With its diamond shaped windows, this old grain silo resembles an eye-catching beacon in the Table Bay Harbour.
The Wisdom Room in The Silo Hotel was the perfect venue to celebrate the launch of De Wetshof’s Limestone Hill Chardonnay 2022 vintage in style with a delicious lunch. A Private dining room with gorgeous vistas overlooking the harbour. The Wisdom Room was named after the last ship to ever take grain to Europe from the grain silo – MV Anangel Wisdom in 1995.
De Wetshof is a 4th generation wine farm in Robertson and is well known for its superb Chardonnays. It was one of the first farms to plant Chardonnay way back in 1975.
We started off with a glass of De Wetshof Lilya Dry Rosé 2022 which is a blend of Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc. Rose gold in colour. It is a beautiful dry rosé with floral aromas that leads to freshness on the palate. Notes of red berries, stone fruit and plums, with a lingering undertone of light spice and honeycomb.
Limestone Hill Chardonnay 2022
An unwooded Chardonnay from a selection of vineyards around the farm planted in deep clay soils, rich in limestone. The palate is complete and satisfying, a refreshing wine exuding flavours of grapefruit and green apples.
Bon Vallon Chardonnay 2022
Soils rich in limestone. A leaner more focused unwooded Chardonnay with chalky minerality. Soils rich in limestone and broken mountain rocks. Producing a fresh, citrus flavoured wine with a well-rounded yeasty nutty aftertaste.
Delicious selection of starters was brought to the table to share and was the perfect way to whet the appetite. Crispy Calamari served with green apple, roasted cashew salad salad and nahm jim dressing. Think Seared fillet with a spicy citrus dipping sauce and a delicious aubergine ceviche served with a chilli herb salsa and smoked aubergine sauce.
Mains was a choice between Fish, Steak, and a vegatarian option which was delicious paired with some of De Wetshof’s finest wooded Chardonnays.
Tender and juicy Steak Frites served in a green peppercorn sauce.
Mushroom Potstickers was the vegetarian option presented in a bowl of spring onion and soy ginger sauce. It was pungent and spicy and full of flavour.
Delicious and perfectly grilled Yellowtail was served on too of a tangy, thick and creamy labneh and served with olives, pistachio and oregano.
Dessert was the chef’s choice of sweet delights beautifully presented and displayed. Every treat was a joy of happiness.
Finesse Chardonnay 2021
A Chardonnay with a lot of finesse. It is Elegant, lightly wooded. A Finely structured Chardonnay with strong citrus, nutty characters and a wealth of bouquet on the aftertaste. An all-rounder wine that is absolutely delicious.
The Site Chardonnay 2020
This vineyard is south facing and quite high up on the hill with pure limestone soils. It is also the coolest site. The vineyards were established in 1986 and have produced Chardonnay grapes of exceptional quality year after year due to their perfect location.
Matured in French oak barrels for one year, this elegant wine exudes fine aromas of lime and vanilla rounded off with a nutty, creamy texture on the palate.
Bateleur Chardonnay 2020
This is one of the oldest Chardonnay vineyards. An elegant mascular wine rich in flavour. More complex with intriguing nuttiness and elegant citrus finish. Bateleur is named after one of Africa’s most majestic and rare eagles.
The Site and Bateleur are wooded single-vineyard wines and spent 12 months in French Oak Barrels. Same vintage and made in the same way. The only difference is the soil and it shows how a vineyard is like a fingerprint. It creates a sense of place, expresses the uniqueness of the soils and the result is the utter joy of this elegant and finesse of pure liquid gold in the glass.
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