Re-discover the quintessential cheese and wine pairing at Stellenbosch Hills as the winery teams up with Stonehouse cheese for a Cape winter experience.
Stellenbosch Hills is located in the heartland of South Africa’s most famous wine region, and over time, has made a speciality of pairing experiences – these include wine with biltong and even popcorn.
Now the winery returns to the roots of the tradition, confirming that cheese can actually improve the experience of wine. They will showcase this from June to July and August, 2021. Tastings are available at R75pp.
Offerings include the Stellenbosch Hills Shiraz 2018, which won Double Platinum and title of Top 100 South African wine at the National Wine Challenge; the Muscat de Hambourg, that won Double Silver at the same competition as well as a four-star rating from Platter’s South African wine guide; and the Cabernet Sauvignon that was awarded a Gold Wine Award last year.
Completing the line-up are various highly-rated artisan cheeses from Stanford-based producer, Stonehouse. Prepare to brie enchanted by these ridiculously good combinations:
Sauvignon Blanc & semi-soft cheese flavoured with garlic and chives
Crisp and zesty, the wine is an ideal partner to the cheese in this experience that delightfully entwines fruitiness with savoury notes.
Shiraz & semi-soft cheese with Cajun spice
The wine shows classic notes of red fruit, oak spice and hints of black pepper – elements that meet the fullness of the Cajun spice and dance on the palate.
Cabernet Sauvignon & hard Boerenkaas cheese flavoured with cumin
Two powerhouses meet in this combination. The wine is bold with the complexity of ripe fruit, oak spice and notes of cedar wood. The cheese is just as expressive, matching every step of the wine in flavour and intensity.
Muscat de Hambourg & Camembert
They say opposites attract and this is certainly true of this pairing. The wine is fragrant with notes of candyfloss, boiled sweets, rose petals and violets. It goes beautifully with the young, slightly sharp and salty cheese.
With each Wine & Cheese experience, Stellenbosch Hills’ wine ambassadors provide a short introduction before leaving tasters to navigate the pairings in their own time.
Be sure to say “cheese’ and tag Stellenbosch Hills at https://www.facebook.com/StellenboschHills/, Twitter @STBHills and Instagram @stellenbosch_hills.
The Stellenbosch Hills tasting room opening hours are Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm and Saturday, 10am to 3pm. Closed on Sundays and public holidays.
What: Stellenbosch Hills
When: Stellenbosch Hills wine and cheese pairings
Info: www.stellenbosch-hills.co.za, email@example.com, 021 881 3828/9
Where: R310/Vlottenburg Road, Stellenbosch, Cape