Every month we try to get out of Cape Town to sample some of the wine farms and estates in Stellenbosch and surrounds. This weekend, we decided to venture out to Guardian Peak for lunch and a tasting. I had enjoyed their Merlot with one of my ucook orders previously, and was looking forward to trying out the rest of the range.
After taking wrong turn due to come vague signage, we eventually reached our destination, and were floored at the views. It was a cloudy day, and by contrast the green, lush vines that welcomed us seemed brighter, set against the striking mountains in the background. I had visited Hidden Valley before, and couldn’t believe gorgeous it was up there, so when I realised that Guardian Peak was their neighbour, with the same views (but with affordable food!) I became more excited at the afternoon ahead.
Being the weekend before pay day, we were looking out for a restaurant slightly more affordable than the usual fare you’d find at a winery. The website claims that “[t]he focus of the a la carte menu is on serving unpretentious bistro style food with an emphasis on prime-quality steaks.” With that in mind, we chose steak for lunch which was perfectly cooked, and the side salad contained some of the creamiest feta I’d tasted in a while. To drink, we had the Guardian Peak Shiraz, a deliciously juicy red that paired excellently with our steak. After all that, although we were fairly stuffed, we still managed to find some space to share the honey and vanilla panna cotta with berry compote.
After lunch, we wandered over to the tasting area (although you do have the option of tasting at your table). We decided on The Stellenbosch Reserve tasting, which is a range of wine created by owner Jean Engelbrecht to embody and pay homage to his hometown of Stellenbosch. Lauren, who took us through the tasting was amazing – she was knowledgeable and entertaining and her recommendations were fantastic. I was torn between the reds we had tried, but ended up taking a bottle of the Stellenbosch Reserve Kruithuis Syrah 2018, which tastes like a perfect Christmas wine. All-in-all, we had a wonderful time, and I can’t wait to keep exploring the area.