The Exciting Changes to De Grendel Restaurant's Menu

Are you ready for some food envy? Our restaurant team, Head Chef Ian Bergh and Sous Chef Garth Davids have been huddled in the kitchen for weeks dreaming up new dishes for our Winter Menu. We caught up with Garth to ask him to reveal what you can expect on your plate when you visit us. 

Why did you decide to launch a new menu?

We wanted to change the dishes to reflect the produce available with the new season. We've really looked hard at how we can incorporate local and organic produce. It's good for De Grendel and the local suppliers. We had some new ideas we wanted to try out. The dish creation process is also about uplifting our trainees – we want to teach them how to create new dishes and think out of the box. 

What are two of the new signature dishes?

We've brought in a lot of smoked meat into our dishes. For example, we've got a smoked lamb shoulder which we're doing with a sweet melon labneh. We're excited about the sweet and smokey combination. 

We've also created a pulled duck dish with polenta. It goes with pickled ceviche, a blue cheese velouté, dehydrated basil, red peppers and mixed herbs. 

What's a new concept you've brought to the menu?

We're working with a lot of cured meat. We've been experimenting with the method sous-vide. You first vacuum pack the meat and then submerge it in a water bath and cook it on a low heat for 12 hours. It seals in the flavour and prevents meat drying out.

Best dessert?

It would have to be the chocolate "Aero". We make a homemade Aero using an airation method on a beautiful French chocolate. We serve it with chocolate mousse, milk chocolate ice cream and dolce ganache. 

How does the menu work with De Grendel wines?

We always create dishes to combine well with our wines. Our wines are quite bold so we've brought in bold flavours to stand up to them. We also use many of our reds in our sauces – we love the spiciness of the Shiraz and the boldness of the Merlot. 

De Grendel Restaurant New Menu

One of our beautiful new dishes comes in the form of a cheese course: Crumbed brie, torched goat’s cheese, blue cheese custard, HuguenotTomato chutney, cashew nut chutney, blueberry preserve, pineapple, fig, pomegranate, apple
Marbled rye, lavash

Our menu is based on classic, locally sourced ingredients, served in creative flavour combinations and served with a an inventive, modern edge.

"We like to surprise our guests, that’s why you’ll find that our menu lists only the ingredients with no indication of how your meal will be prepared or which ingredients dominate, of course, if you ask, we’ll gladly tell you more," says De Grendel Chef Ian Bergh.

De Grendel Restaurant New Menu

As a family farm De Grendel Restaurant’s philosophy extends to sourcing all ingredients locally, from only the best suppliers. Along with the abundance of artisanal suppliers, the Cape has a unique culinary heritage, reflected on the menu. From our Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate dessert to Cured Impala, guests can experience local flavours, and innovative dishes never before seen on South African menus.

De Grendel Restaurant Decor

We took our creative cue from the family farm house, blending it with the present with touches of De Grendel’s past.

Click here to view the De Grendel Restaurant menu online and to make a booking please call 021 558 7035 or email restaurant@degrendel.co.za 

March 30, 2017 by De Grendel

De Grendel Wines Three Mundus Vini Medals

Three signature De Grendel wines have been awarded a MUNDUS VINI medal at the Spring Tasting of the Grand International Wine Award, held at the end of February. They are De Grendel Koetshuis Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (Gold), De Grendel Shiraz 2015 (Gold) and De Grendel Merlot 2015 (Silver).

De Grendel Wines Shiraz

Nearly 200 international wine experts judged almost 6,200 wines from more than 150 wine growing regions to select the winners. MUNDUS VINI is regarded as one of the leading competitions for sparkling, still and liqueur wines.

Says De Grendel cellarmaster Charles Hopkins of the De Grendel Koetshuis Sauvignon Blanc 2016 award:  “This is amazing news for a wine that’s made by a team effort – from vineyard managers, to me as the winemaker. It’s not been an easy 2016 vintage because of the challenging growing conditions which makes it even more special.”

The other Gold winner, De Grendel Shiraz 2015, has already won three local competitions in 2016 and did extremely well in some ratings on the local market. “For this wine to win a Gold award at Mundus Vini just gives the nod that this really is an exceptional wine,” says Hopkins.

De Grendel Wines Mundus Vini Awards

Regarding the Silver award for the De Grendel Merlot 2015, Hopkins says: “A lot of credit must go to our viticulture team for the very fine meticulous adjustments they made, such as leaf plugging, to ensure the ripe and sweet Merlot that’s been recognised by this competition.”

The De Grendel award-winning wines of the MUNDUS VINI Spring Tasting will now be presented to the trade audience at ProWein in Düsseldorf, 19-21 March 2017, at the MUNDUS VINI Tasting Area.

De Grendel’s award winning wines are available online at www.degrendel.co.za, at the De Grendel Tasting Room and at the De Grendel Restaurant.

March 22, 2017 by De Grendel

De Grendel is Big in Japan!

The Sakura Japan Women's Wine Awards, now in it's fourth year, is one of the biggest international wine competitions, hosted by women, in Japan. Receiving over 4,200 entries from 37 countries in 2017, the competition has seen tremendous growth compared to 2016's 3,543 entries.

De Grendel Wines Op Die Berg Pinot Noir Sakura Japan Womens Wine Awards

March 01, 2017 by De Grendel

De Grendel Op Die Berg Chardonnay One of the Best in the World

We’re celebrating our first award of 2017! The leading European drinks trade publication, The Drinks Business, named our Chardonnay as one of the best-performing Chardonnays under £20 in The Drinks Business Global Chardonnay Masters 2016. Winners included wines from Sicily, to Israel and Australia.

De Grendel Wines Op Die Berg Chardonnay

De Grendel Wines Price Increase 2017

Stock up on all your favourite De Grendel wines before Tuesday, 1 March 2017 to beat the price increase.

PLUS you get FREE SHIPPING on orders of 6 or more bottles throughout the Western Cape, and on 12 or more bottles for the rest of South Africa.

Our price increase will be effective from the 1st of March 2017. For a detailed list of our new pricing as of 1 March 2017, see below.

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WINE

PRICE LOYALTY CLUB PRICE NEW PRICE NEW LOYALTY CLUB PRICE
MCC Brut R170 R153 R185 R166
Sauvignon Blanc R85 R76.50 R95 R85
Koetshuis Sauvignon Blanc R125 R112.50 R150 R135
Viognier R85 R76.50 R95 R85
Chardonnay R165 R148.50 R175 R157
Rosé R60 R54 R65 R58
Pinot Noir R165 R148.50 R175 R157
Merlot R120 R108 R130 R117
Shiraz R135 R121.50 R145 R130
Rubaiyat R295 R265.50 R300 R270
Noble Late Harvest R120 R108 R130 R117
LOYALTY CLUB WINE
Amandelboord Pinotage N/A R165 N/A R175
Winifred N/A R125 N/A R135


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February 15, 2017 by De Grendel

3 Ways to Do Valentine's Day Differently with De Grendel

Whether you're a fan of Valentine's Day or not, there's something pretty heartwarming about taking some time out once a year to reflect on the people that mean the most to you. Our choice of course is to enjoy the 14th with De Grendel wines. Here are some (different) ways to do so:

Table Mountain Cafe

February 13, 2017 by De Grendel

Why We Loved 2016 at De Grendel

It was a tough year, overshadowed by drought, but our Durbanville farm still found much to celebrate.

De Grendel Restaurant Named Best Scenic Restaurant in SA

We are privileged to have the best views of Table Mountain. Sipping a glass of De Grendel wine as you watch a sunset, or the dramatic “table cloth” sweep down the slopes, is an unbeatable experience – and hundreds of visitors agree. That is why De Grendel Restaurant was awarded the title of Best Scenic Restaurant in the 2016 World Luxury Restaurant Awards. The restaurant was also awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, which was accounted for by the quality and quantity of reviews from visitors over the year. Thank you to all of those that shared their experience on TripAdvisor.

Read more by clicking here and here.

January 26, 2017 by De Grendel

De Grendel Takes Home an Array of Awards in 2016

Last summer’s weather conditions did not look promising for this year’s vintages, but Charles Hopkins, cellarmaster at De Grendel, says the challenging conditions have resulted in some of the most interesting wines to come out of the estate for years. This, along with a consistent approach to quality and personality of the wines, has resulted in a number of accolades for De Grendel in 2016.
December 01, 2016 by De Grendel

De Grendel Partners with Knysna Oyster Co.

What goes better together with a sparking glass of De Grendel MCC Brut than oysters? With this magical food pairing in mind, De Grendel wines has partnered with the Knysna Oyster Co to ensure the finest oysters are served with only the finest wines!

De Grendel Wines Knysna Oyster Company

The Knysna Oyster Co (www.oystersonline.co.za), specialise in fresh, cultivated, Pacific oysters, produced in the cool, clean waters of Nelson Mandela Bay and Namibia. “Our oysters adhere to the SA Shellfish Monitoring and Control Program and we test our oysters according to international standards. Our oysters are harvested daily and after cleaning and a purification period in tanks, they are hand inspected and packed into boxes,” says co-owner of the Knysna Oyster Co, Gavin Schapphoff.

The partnership, announced in October 2016, coincides with the Knysna Oyster Co’s launch of an oyster bar at the V&A Waterfront’s Food Market. The contemporary 40-square meter stall serves a range of fresh oysters to be enjoyed in various ways. These include Oysters Au Naturale (with lemon and tabasco), Oh So French! (a classic vinegar and shallot mignonette on an oyster) and Oysters Pili Pili (paw paw & mango with hints of cilantro & onion). “We also supply restaurants at the V&A Waterfront offering them a service to source only the freshest oysters,” says Schapphoff.

De Grendel has also introduced a new oyster dish to the menu at De Grendel Restaurant. This dish consists out of six oysters together with tabasco jelly, pickled cucumber and a Sauvignon Blanc jelly. “De Grendel Sauvignon Blanc 2016 was recently voted one of the Top 10 Sauvignon Blancs in South Africa at the FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 competition. We will be serving it with oysters from the Knysna Oyster Co, which is the perfect way to experience it,” says Sir De Villiers Graaff.

De Grendel Wines Knysna Oyster Company

While the oyster bar at the V&A Waterfront is still waiting for it’s liquor license, De Grendel MCC Brut, Sauvignon Blanc and Op Die Berg Chardonnay are available for purchase on site at the nearby wine store, making it easy to enjoy them with your oysters. “De Grendel is also only a 20-minute drive from the V&A Waterfront, so we invite visitors to the oyster bar to join us with their takeaway oysters at our Tasting Stoep, which has magnificent views of Table Mountain,” says Sir De Villiers Graaff.

November 14, 2016 by De Grendel

Introducing Winelates: Wine & Pilates Prove a Winning Combo

Join us on the De Grendel Tasting Stoep for a special wine and Pilates morning with Nic from NixPilates on the 19th of November.

De Grendel Wines Pilates

 

DATE: 19 November 2016
TIME:

9h30 - De Grendel MCC Brut arrival drink

10h00 to 11h00 - Pilates with Nic

11h00 to 12h00 - Wine tasting & canapes

WHERE:

De Grendel Wine Estate

Tasting Stoep

COST: R250 per person


We only have space for 25 people, so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment.

All bookings must be sent to Anzelle at club@degrendel.co.za or call 021 558 6280.

November 04, 2016 by De Grendel
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