The wines, which are included on the estate’s award-winning wine list, were well received by guests and when the stock was finished, hotel manager Chris Schutte decided to repeat the process. “Our new Sauvignon Blanc is made from a selection of grapes grown in the Elgin Valley and is described as ‘a fruity wine for all occasions’. It’s delicious served with seafood, poultry dishes and pastas,” says Schutte.
The Grand Rouge is a blend of Merlot (60%) and Pinotage (40%) made from grapes cultivated in Stellenbosch. “It has a subtle bouquet, balance and fruity aromas, and is an elegant wine boasting depth and complexity, which will be delicious with roasted meat dishes, lamb casseroles and mild Malay curries.” Both wines are available by the glass or bottle in Kievits Kroon’s fine dining restaurant Granita and other venues on the estate.
Says Schutte: “It’s important for us to have an affordable, drinkable house wine which guests can order with confidence, knowing that they are going to get good value for their money. Both these wines are a good reflection of the Kievits Kroon brand, which our guests have come to trust. After all, when guests order the house wine, they are placing their trust in our taste.”
Known as the ‘Winelands of Gauteng’ because of the beautiful Cape Dutch-style architecture on the estate, Kievits Kroon has carried this theme through to the gourmet cuisine of its fine dining restaurant Granita @ Kievits Kroon which offers an a la carte menu, as well as a gourmet menu with wine pairing.
“Our brand is synonymous with good food and wine, and it’s encouraging that our wine list has been recognised with a number of awards, the most recent being the inaugural Food24 Wine List of the Year Awards, which awarded us the highest accolade of 3 Flutes for our Long Wine List. Three Flutes are given to wine lists which score higher 86% or higher,” says Schutte.