Bartho Eksteen Wines, Hemel-en-Aarde Hermanus

Hermanus winemaker Bartho Eksteen is known for his love of Sauvignon Blanc, the sea, his close-knit family and for incorporating Afrikaans in his wine works. He is quirky and perhaps a little eccentric. He has travelled to New Zealand and France to appreciate white Bordeaux – Sauvignon Blanc – as best he could. The lessons learnt… Read More Bartho Eksteen Wines, Hemel-en-Aarde Hermanus

Lunch at Newton Johnson, Hemel-en-Aarde, Hermanus

Newton Johnson remains a favourite stop on the Hemel-en-Aarde road just outside Hermanus.  Good news is that the restaurant is back in business.  A wine tasting here has once again the potential to progress to lunch.  Anton Verhoogt from the local Fisherman’s Cottage consulted Newton Johnson on the menu and you might still find this bright… Read More Lunch at Newton Johnson, Hemel-en-Aarde, Hermanus

Classic Chardonnay Celebration – An early Christmas?

My idea of a great time is sipping slowly on a Riedel montrachet glass filled with chilled velvety pale gold Chardonnay.  A full mouthfeel that whispers sweet little nothings to my palate long after the liquid has disappeared.  This is exactly what I did at the Hemel-en-Aarde Classic Chardonnay Celebration.  After three Pinot Noir Celebrations today was the first Chardonnay version.  Pinot… Read More Classic Chardonnay Celebration – An early Christmas?

All new Origins at The Marine, Hermanus #letsfeast

What a surprise to walk in at The Marine Hotel after doing the Hermanus First Friday Art Walk. Things were different. Things have changed. Seafood at The Marine has been replaced with Origins at The Marine and it was looking good. The change extends to the addition of a number of new and friendly faces. Executive Chef… Read More All new Origins at The Marine, Hermanus #letsfeast