Saturday, December 3, 2011

Cape Town revisited, Day 2

What a city .. 

Back to the Promenade, for the same salmon trout, and for some planning on where to head today. Unanimous decision taken to go Stelenbosch, or rather to La Motte in Franschoek - next door, thanks to Wayne's timely call.

First one, a wonderful wine estate nested in the mountains, some ~60km away from Sea Point / Cape Town - called La Motte. Owned by the Rupert family. Excellent garden restaurant amidst huge trees, excellent cuisine, and wine to match.

Here, a beautiful and different private Pierneef collection awaited us in a gallery. 

Next down the road to Stelenbosch came the old favorite - Tokara. Nothing has changed here, besides the vines on the hill in front of the restaurant - all gone. A great disappointment to see the red soil screaming outside the glass pane with no trace of the vine leaves

Finally - the instantly unforgettable Delair Graaf ! So much artist and architect thought has gone in there .. Surely the most magnificent views from any table in the few restaurants, all facing the valley below and amphitheatrically surrounding hills. The spa there and the overflowing pool. A place in the middle of Heaven.

And large and beautiful original Robert Hodgins was hanging in the tasting room, high on a wall

It was getting to much for one day, too much wine tasted. 

End of day 2 ..

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