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Monday, 5 October 2015

STAY: #StayAtWebersburg

Historic 18th Century heritage estate, Webersburg, set against the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain, recently welcomed a consortium of elite guests to an elegant evening of dinner and wine. The celebration of award-winning cultivars and delicate cuisine served as an introductory showcasing of the estates’ recently appointed Chef, John EasingwoodThe family owned and run boutique wine estate, Webersburg, has recently enjoyed an array of exquisite upgrades.
Leading the evening was multi-award winning Webersburg winemaker, Matthew Van Heerden, known for his World’s Best Chardonnay award as well as his top ten nomination in the International Wine and Spirits Competition in London along with being named the South African Diners Club Young Winemaker of the year for 2011.
“I’m dedicated to the pursuit of utmost fruit purity, quality and making site specific wines that reflect a true sense of place. I place the highest emphasis on viticulture ensuring exceptional fruit with which to reflect South Africa’s world class terroir,” says Webersburg winemaker and viticulturist, Matthew Van Heerden. 
 With the addition of eleven newly refurbished luxury vineyard cottages (formerly utilized as farmhouse cottages) the estate now sleeps up to 44 guests, ideal for weddings and corporate events where group accommodation is a must. Webersburg aptly showcases its historic roots through the elegant Cape Dutch-style five star accommodation, with each suite boasting breath-taking views of the rolling mountain, lush vineyards and dam. 
After a memorable tour off this beautiful estate we as guest were shown to our accommodation stay to freshen up and change for the much anticipated dinner and wine tasting spread...
The estate enjoys the benefits of cool sea breezes offset from the Strand shores, exceptional decomposed granite soils and unique Helderberg terroir with natural light and low yielding vineyards. This classic style of fruit expression with elegant ageing potential renders award-winning wines of the highest calibre. 
The Webersburg focus is on a limited production of premium wines. Careful attention to detail is paid to the vineyard, grape selection and winemaking methods allowing the wines to express specific grape flavour characteristics and provide a quality framework. Minimal intervention during barrel maturation for 18 to 22 months and an unhurried ageing philosophy allows the wines to mature in bottle for a further 2-4 years before release.
Five decadent courses were served, each accompanied by distinguished Webersburg cultivars. The Sauvignon Blanc opened the show with a starter of Asparagus and poached egg, followed by the steak tartar presented with the 15 year old Cabernet Sauvignon (2000). The third course introduced an ensemble of seared tuna with spicy peanut satay together with the Webersburg Cabernet Sauvignon 2013. The flagship Red Blend went well with the lamb rack, and rounding off on a succulently sweet note - yet not overpoweringly so - was the Berry Pavlova paired perfectly with the Webersburg Brut Rose Method Cap du Classic.
The vibrant hum of energy which filled the room, captivating guests in their journey back in time to an era of opulence, finally wound down and guests retired to their five star suites. The extensive grounds cater beautifully for in and outdoor wedding functions, with a state of the art ceremony hall that opens up onto a well maintained lake, and the majestic Helderberg forming the backdrop. The bistro cuisine caters seasonal dishes made up of freshly sourced local ingredients, with indoor fireside or alfresco dining options overlooking the lake. Guests can also take advantage of the rolling lawns for relaxed picnics beneath the age-old oaks.
Additional features include tennis court and swimming pool, 24 hour security, ample parking, wine tastings and pairings, cellar tours, cellar room dining, wineland tours and activities, team building workshops and nature walks.
To stay updated with the exciting new developments at Webersburg, visit their new website, Facebook page, or follow them on Twitter and Instagram @Webersburg. To make a reservation or restaurant booking contact (0)21 881 3636 or email Webersburg at info@webersburg.co.za. 
Selected photos by Julia Janse van Vuuren

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