Intimate Dinner in the Webersburg Hidden Cellar

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Historic 18th Century heritage estate, Webersburg, set against the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain, recently welcomed a consortium of elite guests to an elegant evening of dinner and wine. The celebration of award-winning cultivars and delicate cuisine served as an introductory showcasing of the estates’ recently appointed Chef, John Easingwood.

Set in the cellar dining room, the evening of opulence and grandeur was accompanied with well-known personalities including former SA MasterChef contestant and model Ilse Fourie and renowned TV show host, Mark Bayly. Candelabras and moss kissed walls, high ceilings with low lying chandeliers, the ambient room dressed with authentic 18th century relics and a king size table set the scene for the dining soiree.

Leading the evening was multi-award winning Webersburg winemaker, Matthew Van Heerden, known for his World’s Best Chardonnay award as well as his top ten nomination in the International Wine and Spirits Competition in London along with being named the South African Diners Club Young Winemaker of the year for 2011.

Five decadent courses were served, each accompanied by distinguished Webersburg cultivars. The Sauvignon Blanc opened the show with a starter of Asparagus and poached egg, followed by the steak tartar presented with the 15 year old Cabernet Sauvignon (2000). The third course introduced an ensemble of seared tuna with spicy peanut satay together with the Webersburg Cabernet Sauvignon 2013. The flagship Red Blend went well with the lamb rack, and rounding off on a succulently sweet note – yet not overpoweringly so – was the Berry Pavlova paired perfectly with the Webersburg Brut Rose Method Cap du Classic.

The vibrant hum of energy which filled the room, captivating guests in their journey back in time to an era of opulence, finally wound down and guests retired to their five star suites.

To book your sensory experience stay at Webersburg or to make a restaurant booking, contact (0)21 881 3636 or email Webersburg at info@webersburg.co.za, or for more information go to their website, Facebook page, or follow them on Twitter and Instagram @Webersburg.

Photos by Julia Janse van Vuuren

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