So last week we set off on what we decided is going to become an annual event – a mini break in Franschhoek in the stunning Winelands. B&B booked, restaurant for dinner carefully chosen and off we headed.
As we meandered our way there with the scenery getting more and more beautiful, the inevitable hunger pangs started. And there in front of us was the perfect sign advertising food and wine tasting at a vineyard called Noble Hill. To say that you pass a lot of these sort of signs in this area is understating it, but for some reason instinct told us we needed to take a detour right there.
As luck would have it, Noble Hill was the perfect choice. In a truly beautiful setting, the Cosecha restaurant is Latin-inspired so we found ourselves looking at a lovely tapas menu. Bearing in mind that dinner was going to be gourmet we happily settled ourselves down for a tasty snack.
First on the agenda – wine. Oh, I should say, the Winelands can get exceedingly hot and it was over 40 degrees as we sat down in the shade. Only one thing for it, a chilled rose. The Noble Hill Mourvedre Rose 2012 is described as having tastes of strawberries, watermelon and rosewater. Beautifully, light, aromatic and flavoursome.
As we sipped our wine, a plate of the freshest, lightest tortillas I’ve encountered for a long time were delivered with a delicious chunky hummus dip.
I ordered from the ceviche section – seafood in citrus, in this case prawn and avocado. Plump prawns, rich avocado, crispy leaves and a zesty dressing.
Terry went for the special of the day which was patatas bravas served with prawn pincho (skewer). The bravas sauce was beautifully silken and rich, and the prawns juicy and garlicky.
Simply the perfect way to start our visit to the beautiful Winelands. Oh and there’s plenty more to be tried on the menu when we’re in the market for a more substantial lunch. I’ll also have to return soon and stock up on some of that irresistible rose. Cheers.