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Barrel Tasting at Dombeya Wines

Date: Tue, Jun 1, 2010 Winery Blogs

by Angie Tieling



Tasting barrel samples from the 2009 vintage in the cellar at Haskell Vineyards. Through this process we can begin to grade the quality of each barrel and identify which vineyards have performed best during this vintage.

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Wining in the Winelands

Date: Wed, May 19, 2010 Winery Blogs

by Grant Dodd



Those that visit this site regularly (and that's quite a few, so we thank everyone for taking the time to drop by for a read) will know that we've recently opened a new restaurant, Long Table.

It takes a bit of time to get these things up and running, but people have started to work out that we're here and serving good food. As a result we're already noticing return visits, which is about as good an affirmation of the product as you can get.

And we've already had a couple of get-togethers with Dombeya and Haskell mail club members, as well as a catch up on the weekend just passed with a group of South African wine lovers and bloggers that we've met along the way.

Amongst them were Anel and Jan, two innovative social media guru's who started Spit or Swallow, a website that rates South African cellar door experiences. They have also kicked off Wine Times which aggregates a lot of the news and blogging taking place in the SA wine industry.

Anel invited a bunch of people along, and we had a heck of a good afternoon. Some have blogged on it, including Brian at ZA Wino, Hennie at Batonage and Martin at ymartiny.

Hennie, Brian and Martin are excellent writers with their own personal style. The SA industry needs more people writing about wine and it is fantastic to see passionate guys like these two putting their words into print on the net. Keep your eye out for their stuff in the future.

As for the day, we had a blast. Tons of awesome food and some great wine, including a 1953 KWV Jerepigo which finished off the afternoon with an exclamation mark.

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A Long Table surprise

Date: Thu, May 13, 2010 Winery Blogs

by Grant Dodd



A year or so back, well, nearly two now, we decided to do something a bit different and import a few Australian and New Zealand wines into South Africa.

Now, all sorts of strange allusions have been made about such an idea, along the lines of inviting a rabbi to a mosque, but we've had a lot of fun with it and to be honest there has been a lot of interest in the wines we have chosen.

Given the paucity of choice in South Africa for NZ and Australian wines, we were lucky to be able to pretty much take our pick of producers, assuming that they wanted to work with us, of course.

And what a line-up we were able to get. Craggy Range,Felton Road and Lawsons Dry Hills from New Zealand, and Spinifex, Kalleske, Hoddles Creek and Voyager Estatefrom Australia.

They are now being sold in a number of good retailers throughout South Africa, and through our website www.phdwines.co.za, as well as at the Dombeya cellar door.

And of course, they will also be available at Long Table Restaurant and Cafe, adding a nice touch of difference to the typical winery restuarant experience for those interested in being a little adventurous or exploratory.

Check out the list below,

Sauvignon Blanc

Wild Rock 'The Infamous Goose' Sauvignon Blanc 2008 R130
Marlborough, New Zealand

'The palate is lively and juicy with well weighted mid palate and crisp fine acidity. A beautifully balanced and approachable Sauvignon with plenty of appeal.'
Sam Kim – Wine Orbit


Lawsons Dry Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2008 R135
Marlborough, New Zealand

Lives up to its glowing reputation, with rich flavours of grapefruit, gooseberries and lime, slightly minerally and dry. It's a more complex style than most, with real individuality- 5 Stars, Michael Cooper

Craggy Range 'Te Muna' Sauvignon Blanc 2008 R185
Martinborough, New Zealand

'... the 2008 Te Muna Road Sauvignon Blanc has a very well defined, very pure nose with just a touch of chalkiness... this Sauvignon is more about poise and freshness with subtle notes of green apple, lime and orange-blossom towards the finish. Excellent.
Neal Martin – Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate – Issue 184, 2009


Riesling

Felton Road Riesling 2008 R235
Central Otago, New Zealand

'This label (or a sister label) generally competes for top place in any Riesling tasting. Though classified as "sweet" it's really medium/dry thanks to exquisite mouth watering acidity. Mineral and citrus flavours with a lingering finish. Top wine. Bob Campbell MW

Gewurztraminer

Lawsons Dry Hills Gewurztraminer 2007 R150
Marlborough, New Zealand

It's hard to remember the last time Ross and Barbara Lawson's winery made a Gewrztraminer
that was less than outstanding.... Ravishingly flavoursome and extroverted- Cuisine Magazine, New Zealand

Pinot Noir

Lawsons Dry Hills Pinot Noir 2005 R190
Marlborough, New Zealand

The best vintage yet of this label. Fragrant and full coloured, sturdy and complex with cherry, plum and spice flavours, showing excellent ripeness and density.- Michael Cooper, Winestate Magazine

Wild Rock 'Cupids Arrow' Pinot Noir 2006 R160
Central Otago, New Zealand

This is their first Central Otago Pinot Noir and it has beautifully captured the essence of this famous region. The nose displays fragrant aromas of blackberries, smoked meat and savoury mushrooms. It's juicy and plump with a fleshy mid palate and nicely balanced acidity... It's immensely drinkable.' Sam Kim- Wine Orbit


Hoddles Creek Pinot Noir 2008 R210
Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia

Light on its feet, and full of beauty. Fresh, spicy, raspberried flavour with lots of stern, controlling tannin. Built to mature well over the next handful of years, at least. Lovely flavour and acidity here. Some reductive elements, but in a positive way. Spunk of a wine. , Campbell Mattinson-Winefront


Craggy Range 'Te Muna' Pinot Noir 2006 R400
Martinborough, New Zealand

'Pinot's- from anywhere- seldom get as good as this' Michael Lonsford, Houston Chronicle


Felton Road Pinot Noir 2007 R400
Central Otago, New Zealand

"...whenever there is a tasting designed to challenge the supremacy of Burgundy, it is usually a Felton Road that is ushered into the ring, floats like butterfly and out-classes its bloated Old World champions." Neal Martin, Robert Parker's "The Wine Advocate"

The 2007 Pinot Noirs are wines of unmatched concentration and rich complexity without losing any purity or finesse. They combine the ripeness of the 06's with the concentration of the 05's adding a certain extra magic that is unique to this vintage. In short we see them as landmark wines- Blair Walter-Winemaker



Shiraz/Syrah

Wild Rock 'The Underarm' Syrah 2006 R160
Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

'With a brilliantly lifted white pepper nose and a cool, long, refreshing black fruit coulis palate, this is a sensational Syrah with more than a nod to the French classics.'
Matthew Jukes & Tyson Stelzer – Taste Food & Wine Guide 2009

Pirathon by Kalleske Shiraz 2006 R235
Barossa Valley, Australia

Fabulous smelling wine packed with dark Barossan goodness and offering things like black fruit, dark chocolate, baking spices (nutmeg, cloves, allspice), roses, tar and a little menthol lift... It's smooth, ripe and long and enormously satisfying to drink. I think it's probably even better than the 2005... Regardless, I'd recommend getting onto and into a bit of this gear without reservation. 93 points, Gary Walsh, Winefront

Kalleske Greenock Shiraz 2006 R360
Barossa Valley, Australia

Deep magenta; deep fruited with great concentration and red and black fruits in abundance; hints of spice and a core of bright fruits lead to a long, full and harmonious finish. 94 points- James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion

Craggy Range Block 14 Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2005 R310
Barossa Valley, Australia

New Zealand is well known for its whites; it's now developing quite a reputation for its reds, such as this fantastic European-styled Syrah from the Hawkes Bay...it's a brilliantly vivid interpretation of the Syrah grape that would go very well with rare lamb or fillet steak. 92 points, Jamie Goode- Wine Anorak


Spinifex Shiraz/Viognier 2007 R435
Barossa Valley, Australia

Heavenly wine. Exactly what top-notch shiraz viognier should be. Elegant and spicy but in the most positive of ways – and not as an excuse for thin weediness...this is one tremendously vibrant wine. The folks at Spinifex are in the finest of forms.... If you're really going to splash out, please consider this. Campbell Mattinson- WINEFRONT

Rhone Blends

Kalleske Clarry's Grenache/Shiraz 2007 R185
Barossa Valley, Australia

In just a few short vintages, the Kalleske family have established themselves at the forefront of the Barossa Valley's new wave of wine producers. This overnight success has, of course, been 150 years in the making...there's heaps of ripe red fruit squashed between the layers of earthy, wholegrain, classic Barossa flavour. Max Allen, Gourmet Traveller Wine,

Spinifex Papillon (Grenache,Cinsault,Mataro,Shiraz) 2008 R210
Barossa Valley, Australia

'As far as I am concerned, Spinifex out- Torbreck's Torbreck'- James Halliday

Spinifex Esprit (Shiraz,Grenache,Mataro) 2007 R255
Barossa Valley, Australia

Last year's release was super, and this just edges it out – for quality. The value is striking too...Some folks reckon that Australian wine lacks sophistication, but they clearly haven't sat down to a glass of this. Brilliant wine. Campbell Mattinson-Winefront- Red Blend of the Year

Bordeaux Blends

Craggy Range 'Sophia' Merlot/Cabernet Franc 2005 R400
Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

'Incredibly dense blend of merlot and cabernet franc, with dark berries, exotic spice and subtle floral characters that will be full revealed in time. Characterised by a wonderful velvet texture and considerable length of flavour.' 96 points
Bob Campbell MW – Gourmet Traveller Wine – Apr/May 2007

Craggy Range 'The Quarry' Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2005 R475
Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

'A powerful and potentially long-lasting blend of cab sav, merlot and cab franc that needs some time before it will begin to express its savoury, berry, spice, coffee and cedar flavours. A heroic red from a challenging vintage.' 96 points
Bob Campbell MW – Gourmet Traveller Wine – Apr/May 2007

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Long Table Restaurant and Cafe'- Now Open

Date: Tue, Apr 27, 2010 Winery Blogs

by Grant Dodd



We're very excited, and with good cause. Our new restaurant and cafe', Long Table, is open for business. Breakfast and lunch only at this point, but in time the space will be available for other functions including weddings and corporate outings. Chef , Corli Els, has come up with a killer menu that is high on flavour and interest and low on pretension, and that is the way we'd like things to be at Long Table.

All the Dombeya and Haskell wines are available on the wine list, and there is also a selection of imported wines on offer for those looking to venture a little further left of field for their wine choices.

Check out the menu below, and don't forget also that we make a mean cup of coffee should you be in the mood for a soothing caffeine fix!

Breakfast


Fruit Platter- exotic fruits served with Superfood Smoothie

Breakfast Trifle- Layers of Home-made Granola,Bulgarian Yoghurt,
Fresh and stewed Fruit, Fynbos honey

Oats Porridge -With stewed apples and prunes, cinnamon butter, honey

Smoked Salmon and Scrambled Egg-On potato and poppyseed rosti,
Crispy capers, Rocket, Salmon roe and Crème Fraiche

Tunisian Adja-Two eggs poached in sauce of onion, tomato, garlic,
Peppers, Bacon and hint of chilli and North African spices, served in pan

Farmhouse- 2 Fried eggs, grilled tomato, Mushrooms, Bacon,
Sausage and biltong polenta

Eggs Benedict -English muffin, Black Forest Ham, 2 Poached eggs,
Hollandaise sauce and roma tomato confit

Eggs Long Table- Roasted Field Mushroom, wilted spinach, 1 poached egg,
Hollandaise, roma tomato confit

Mini Farmhouse- Fried egg, biltong polenta, grilled tomato and choice
of sausage or bacon


French Toast Pockets- Stuffed with black forest ham, Dijon mustard,
Mature Gruyere Cheese, with Canadian Maple Syrup and rocket

Chefs Breakfast Surprise- Just in case we feel like something different!

Muffin / Scone- Served with cheddar cheese and preserves


Lunch

Starters

Crunchy Caprese Parcel- with marinated olives, basil seed gelėe, balsamic drizzle and tomato oil.

Moroccan Shaved Beef- rocket, quinoa salad and spiced oil

Fresh Corn Soup- topped with roasted corn and avocado salsa

Duck, Ginger and Peanut Spring Rolls- with ginger, soy and honey dipping sauce

Long Table Super Foods Salad- quinoa, sprouts, mixed seeds, avo, broccoli and seasonal greens, beetroot, herbs and olive oil and lemon dressing

Papaya and Avo Salad- with Black Forest Ham & pine kernels

Light Meals & Main Courses

*Crispy Chicken Salad- salad greens, roast veg, avo, peppadew, sesame-crusted chicken strips with secret dressing

*Long Table Beef Burger- Hand chopped sirloin pattie, bone marrow, wild mushrooms, prosciutto, onion confit and mustard béarnaise, on homemade ciabatta with potato rounds

*Beef Strips- marinated in herbs, spices and garlic, with sour cream and potato rounds

*Cajun Chicken Sandwich- open sandwich with spiced chicken fillet, salad greens, avo, tomato and peppadew mayo on homemade seed loaf

Farfalle Pasta- with sun dried tomatoes, spinach, smoked Mozzarella & exotic mushrooms


Lamb Medallions- with caramelised cumin jus, crushed baby potatoes, veg

Duck Breast- crusted with honeyed nuts, coffee infusion, sweet potato gorgonzola bake

Spiced Quail- potato, coriander and sweetcorn fritter, rocket salad, honey mustard dressing

Fresh Linefish- butter poached prawn, potato and spring onion cake, prawn bisque

Grilled Grainfed Sirloin Steak- with grilled biltong polenta cake, mushroom nage, veg

DESSERT

Dark Chololate Fondant- with white chocolate and coconut centre

Pecan Nut Praline Cheesecake- very much a signature dish, the best in the winelands!

Pear Panna Cotta with Port wine gelee- port syrup and pear compote

Confit Apple tart- served warm, with Pistachio cream and vanilla ice cream

Crème Brulee- timeless classic!

Ask your waitron about our freshly baked cakes, muffins , scones and tarts of the day.

Kidz Menu

Pasta with home made meat ball sauce

Kidz beef burger with potato rounds
Kidz Chicken Burger with potato rounds
Grilled Fish and potato rounds

Vanilla ice cream with home made
Yummy chocolate sauce

Waffles with vanilla ice cream
And maple syrup




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Dombeya/Haskell Vineyards rated most promising winery In SA

Date: Thu, Apr 22, 2010 Winery Blogs

by Grant Dodd



An interesting survey taken recently amongst South Africa's leading wine writers, commentators and retailers came up with a list of the country's top 20 producers and best wines.

Such lists are always subjective, but few would argue with the assertion that Sadie,Kanonkop and Boekenhootskloof rightfully occupy the top echelon.

Another question was asked, that being which producers are on the cusp of cracking the Top 20 in years to come. We were pleased to see that Dombeya/Haskell Vineyards was ranked at the top of this list.

There is an old saying in the wine game that it takes a decade to become an overnight success. We've still got a long way to go, but sometimes we have to remind ourselves that it was only five years ago that we started in earnest with our first wines in bottle.

The mantra's of growth and profit that are extolled by public companies to their shareholders create the impression that the same business principles can be applied to the wine industry. Some can, but in most cases the laws of agriculture with their unpredictable and often cruelly capricious outcomes override all else.

And in the case of the wine industry, you can add funereal time frames and stock holding practices to your business plan that make this game like no other in the 'food' production industry.

Nonetheless, we love it, warts and all. We've taken no shortcuts along the way, practices that have hurt the bottom line but which have been in no small part responsible for the recognition that we are now receiving.

We'll keep doing it the same way. Don't fix what ain't broke- a simple mantra but spoken by a wise man, we thinks.

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Kajsa Wines to distribute Dombeya in Sweden

Date: Sun, Apr 18, 2010 Winery Blogs

by Grant Dodd



We've mentioned it before in passing, but we can now confirm that we have a distributor in Sweden.

Kajsa Wines, owened and operated by Swedish sporting legend Kajsa Bergqvist, are now the exclusive importer and distributor for Dombeya ( and our sister brand, Haskell Vineyards) in Sweden.

Sweden is a serious market for South African wines, and one that we have been keen to break into for some time. Kajsa came out to the Cape and tasted our wines at the start of the year, then tasted them again at Prowein in Germany last month. We received an order soon after and both Dombeya and Haskell should be available for sale in Sweden by the middle of the year.

Kajsa is seriously into her wines and probably the coolest wine sales rep on the planet. We're very excited to be hitching our wagon to the Kajsa Wines horse.



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Kajsa Wines to distribute Dombeya in Sweden

Date: Sun, Apr 18, 2010 Winery Blogs

by Grant Dodd



We've mentioned it before in passing, but we can now confirm that we have a distributor in Sweden.

Kajsa Wines, owened and operated by Swedish sporting legend Kajsa Bergqvist, are now the exclusive importer and distributor for Dombeya ( and our sister brand, Haskell Vineyards) in Sweden.

Sweden is a serious market for South African wines, and one that we have been keen to break into for some time. Kajsa came out to the Cape and tasted our wines at the start of the year, then tasted them again at Prowein in Germany last month. We received an order soon after and both Dombeya and Haskell should be available for sale in Sweden by the middle of the year.

Kajsa is seriously into her wines and probably the coolest wine sales rep on the planet. We're very excited to be hitching our wagon to the Kajsa Wines horse.



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WINE Magazine rates Dombeya Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 equal first in South Africa

Date: Wed, Apr 14, 2010 Winery Blogs

by Angie Tieling



If you are reading the latest copy of WINE Magazine, we encourage you to take a look at the massive Cabernet Sauvignon ratings section.

If you don't have the edition, then we'll just let you know what's in there anyway!

After tasting over 180 South African Cabernet's, WINE magazine rated the Dombeya Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 as the equal best Cab in South Africa.

What's more, it was also the best value for money wine amongst the five candidates awarded 4.5 stars, the highest rating given to any wine in this tasting.

And to put one final exclamation mark on the matter, it only costs 85 rand from cellar door, or from the Dombeya website.

This recognition continues the outstanding form of Dombeya wines when being independently assessed at wine shows and by leading publications and critics. For a full account of the individual accolades of each wine, check out the 'Wines' section of the Dombeya website.

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WINE Magazine rates Dombeya Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 equal first in South Africa

Date: Wed, Apr 14, 2010 Winery Blogs

by Angie Tieling



If you are reading the latest copy of WINE Magazine, we encourage you to take a look at the massive Cabernet Sauvignon ratings section.

If you don't have the edition, then we'll just let you know what's in there anyway!

After tasting over 180 South African Cabernet's, WINE magazine rated the Dombeya Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 as the equal best Cab in South Africa.

What's more, it was also the best value for money wine amongst the five candidates awarded 4.5 stars, the highest rating given to any wine in this tasting.

And to put one final exclamation mark on the matter, it only costs 85 rand from cellar door, or from the Dombeya website.

This recognition continues the outstanding form of Dombeya wines when being independently assessed at wine shows and by leading publications and critics. For a full account of the individual accolades of each wine, check out the 'Wines' section of the Dombeya website.

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Come one, come all- Dombeya Cellar Door now open

Date: Sat, Apr 10, 2010 Winery Blogs

by Grant Dodd



It has had the gestation period of an elephant, but worth waiting for. The new Dombeya Cellar door is now open- well, it is new, but the building is old, and that is part of the intrinsic charm of the place.

We'll also be opening our restaurant, 'Long Table' in the next few days as well, which features the food of well known chef, Corli Els. Initially we'll be open for breakfast and lunch only, but stay tuned for further developments on this including weekend and wedding functions.

Check out the menu below,

Breakfast


Fruit Platter- exotic fruits served with Superfood Smoothie

Breakfast Trifle- Layers of Home-made Granola,Bulgarian Yoghurt,
Fresh and stewed Fruit, Fynbos honey

Oats Porridge -With stewed apples and prunes, cinnamon butter, honey

Smoked Salmon and Scrambled Egg-On potato and poppyseed rosti,
Crispy capers, Rocket, Salmon roe and Crème Fraiche

Tunisian Adja-Two eggs poached in sauce of onion, tomato, garlic,
Peppers, Bacon and hint of chilli and North African spices, served in pan

Farmhouse- 2 Fried eggs, grilled tomato, Mushrooms, Bacon,
Sausage and biltong polenta

Eggs Benedict -English muffin, Black Forest Ham, 2 Poached eggs,
Hollandaise sauce and roma tomato confit

Eggs Long Table- Roasted Field Mushroom, wilted spinach, 1 poached egg,
Hollandaise, roma tomato confit

Mini Farmhouse- Fried egg, biltong polenta, grilled tomato and choice
of sausage or bacon


French Toast Pockets- Stuffed with black forest ham, Dijon mustard,
Mature Gruyere Cheese, with Canadian Maple Syrup and rocket

Chefs Breakfast Surprise- Just in case we feel like something different!

Muffin / Scone- Served with cheddar cheese and preserves



Lunch

Starters

Crunchy Caprese Parcel- with marinated olives, basil seed gelėe, balsamic drizzle and tomato oil.

Moroccan Shaved Beef- rocket, quinoa salad and spiced oil

Fresh Corn Soup- topped with roasted corn and avocado salsa

Duck, Ginger and Peanut Spring Rolls- with ginger, soy and honey dipping sauce

Long Table Super Foods Salad- quinoa, sprouts, mixed seeds, avo, broccoli and seasonal greens, beetroot, herbs and olive oil and lemon dressing

Papaya and Avo Salad- with Black Forest Ham & pine kernels

Light Meals & Main Courses

*Crispy Chicken Salad- salad greens, roast veg, avo, peppadew, sesame-crusted chicken strips with secret dressing

*Long Table Beef Burger- Hand chopped sirloin pattie, bone marrow, wild mushrooms, prosciutto, onion confit and mustard béarnaise, on homemade ciabatta with potato rounds

*Beef Strips- marinated in herbs, spices and garlic, with sour cream and potato rounds

*Cajun Chicken Sandwich- open sandwich with spiced chicken fillet, salad greens, avo, tomato and peppadew mayo on homemade seed loaf

Farfalle Pasta- with sun dried tomatoes, spinach, smoked Mozzarella & exotic mushrooms


Lamb Medallions- with caramelised cumin jus, crushed baby potatoes, veg

Duck Breast- crusted with honeyed nuts, coffee infusion, sweet potato gorgonzola bake

Spiced Quail- potato, coriander and sweetcorn fritter, rocket salad, honey mustard dressing

Fresh Linefish- butter poached prawn, potato and spring onion cake, prawn bisque

Grilled Grainfed Sirloin Steak- with grilled biltong polenta cake, mushroom nage, veg


DESSERT

Dark Chololate Fondant- with white chocolate and coconut centre

Pecan Nut Praline Cheesecake- very much a signature dish, the best in the winelands!

Pear Panna Cotta with Port wine gelee- port syrup and pear compote

Confit Apple tart- served warm, with Pistachio cream and vanilla ice cream

Crème Brulee- timeless classic!


Ask your waitron about our freshly baked cakes, muffins , scones and tarts of the day.

Kidz Menu

Pasta with home made meat ball sauce

Kidz beef burger with potato rounds
Kidz Chicken Burger with potato rounds
Grilled Fish and potato rounds

Vanilla ice cream with home made
Yummy chocolate sauce

Waffles with vanilla ice cream
And maple syrup


Mediterranean Sunday Lunch Buffet


Roasted Roma Tomato soup with basil cream – served at the table with fresh baked bread, pate and olives
********
Rocket, Orange, Avo salad with toasted pine kernels & parmesan shavings
**
Potato Salad with Bacon and Barbecue Sauce
**
Quinoa Salad with herbs, feta, seeds and sprouts
**
Dukkah Eggplant with Roasted tomato and chickpea salad
**
Roasted Beetroot Salad with Lemon Crème Fraiche
**
Roasted Vegetables with couscous salad
**
Sweet Potato and Gorgonzola Bake
********

Rolled Breast of Lamb stuffed with onion and oregano
Lemon Potatoes
**
Moroccan Lemon chicken with Saffron and Coriander Sauce
**
Roast Chalmar Beef with Bearnaise Sauce
**
Sticky Pork with sesame peanut Noodle salad

*****

Dessert not included. A la carte options available





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Come one, come all- Dombeya Cellar Door now open

Date: Sat, Apr 10, 2010 Winery Blogs

by Grant Dodd



It has had the gestation period of an elephant, but worth waiting for. The new Dombeya Cellar door is now open- well, it is new, but the building is old, and that is part of the intrinsic charm of the place.

We have also bought a new face on board to manage things for us. Werner Els is the Dombeya cellar door manager, and comes to us after many years in the hospitality game in the Western Cape.

We'll also be opening our restaurant, 'Long Table' in the next few days as well, which features the food of well known chef, Corli Els. Initially we'll be open for breakfast and lunch only, but stay tuned for further developments on this including weekend and wedding functions plus special events.

Check out the menu below,

Breakfast


Fruit Platter- exotic fruits served with Superfood Smoothie

Breakfast Trifle- Layers of Home-made Granola,Bulgarian Yoghurt,
Fresh and stewed Fruit, Fynbos honey

Oats Porridge -With stewed apples and prunes, cinnamon butter, honey

Smoked Salmon and Scrambled Egg-On potato and poppyseed rosti,
Crispy capers, Rocket, Salmon roe and Crème Fraiche

Tunisian Adja-Two eggs poached in sauce of onion, tomato, garlic,
Peppers, Bacon and hint of chilli and North African spices, served in pan

Farmhouse- 2 Fried eggs, grilled tomato, Mushrooms, Bacon,
Sausage and biltong polenta

Eggs Benedict -English muffin, Black Forest Ham, 2 Poached eggs,
Hollandaise sauce and roma tomato confit

Eggs Long Table- Roasted Field Mushroom, wilted spinach, 1 poached egg,
Hollandaise, roma tomato confit

Mini Farmhouse- Fried egg, biltong polenta, grilled tomato and choice
of sausage or bacon


French Toast Pockets- Stuffed with black forest ham, Dijon mustard,
Mature Gruyere Cheese, with Canadian Maple Syrup and rocket

Chefs Breakfast Surprise- Just in case we feel like something different!

Muffin / Scone- Served with cheddar cheese and preserves



Lunch

Starters

Crunchy Caprese Parcel- with marinated olives, basil seed gelėe, balsamic drizzle and tomato oil.

Moroccan Shaved Beef- rocket, quinoa salad and spiced oil

Fresh Corn Soup- topped with roasted corn and avocado salsa

Duck, Ginger and Peanut Spring Rolls- with ginger, soy and honey dipping sauce

Long Table Super Foods Salad- quinoa, sprouts, mixed seeds, avo, broccoli and seasonal greens, beetroot, herbs and olive oil and lemon dressing

Papaya and Avo Salad- with Black Forest Ham & pine kernels

Light Meals & Main Courses

*Crispy Chicken Salad- salad greens, roast veg, avo, peppadew, sesame-crusted chicken strips with secret dressing

*Long Table Beef Burger- Hand chopped sirloin pattie, bone marrow, wild mushrooms, prosciutto, onion confit and mustard béarnaise, on homemade ciabatta with potato rounds

*Beef Strips- marinated in herbs, spices and garlic, with sour cream and potato rounds

*Cajun Chicken Sandwich- open sandwich with spiced chicken fillet, salad greens, avo, tomato and peppadew mayo on homemade seed loaf

Farfalle Pasta- with sun dried tomatoes, spinach, smoked Mozzarella & exotic mushrooms


Lamb Medallions- with caramelised cumin jus, crushed baby potatoes, veg

Duck Breast- crusted with honeyed nuts, coffee infusion, sweet potato gorgonzola bake

Spiced Quail- potato, coriander and sweetcorn fritter, rocket salad, honey mustard dressing

Fresh Linefish- butter poached prawn, potato and spring onion cake, prawn bisque

Grilled Grainfed Sirloin Steak- with grilled biltong polenta cake, mushroom nage, veg


DESSERT

Dark Chololate Fondant- with white chocolate and coconut centre

Pecan Nut Praline Cheesecake- very much a signature dish, the best in the winelands!

Pear Panna Cotta with Port wine gelee- port syrup and pear compote

Confit Apple tart- served warm, with Pistachio cream and vanilla ice cream

Crème Brulee- timeless classic!


Ask your waitron about our freshly baked cakes, muffins , scones and tarts of the day.

Kidz Menu

Pasta with home made meat ball sauce

Kidz beef burger with potato rounds
Kidz Chicken Burger with potato rounds
Grilled Fish and potato rounds

Vanilla ice cream with home made
Yummy chocolate sauce

Waffles with vanilla ice cream
And maple syrup


Mediterranean Sunday Lunch Buffet


Roasted Roma Tomato soup with basil cream – served at the table with fresh baked bread, pate and olives
********
Rocket, Orange, Avo salad with toasted pine kernels & parmesan shavings
**
Potato Salad with Bacon and Barbecue Sauce
**
Quinoa Salad with herbs, feta, seeds and sprouts
**
Dukkah Eggplant with Roasted tomato and chickpea salad
**
Roasted Beetroot Salad with Lemon Crème Fraiche
**
Roasted Vegetables with couscous salad
**
Sweet Potato and Gorgonzola Bake
********

Rolled Breast of Lamb stuffed with onion and oregano
Lemon Potatoes
**
Moroccan Lemon chicken with Saffron and Coriander Sauce
**
Roast Chalmar Beef with Bearnaise Sauce
**
Sticky Pork with sesame peanut Noodle salad

*****

Dessert not included. A la carte options available





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On the Road with Dombeya- Prowein Days 2 & 3

Date: Tue, Apr 6, 2010 Winery Blogs

by Grant Dodd



It has been raining steadily since I've been here, just misty style rain but constant. Fortunately, it hasn't been cold at all, with temperatures hovering between 10 and 14 degrees. I expected something much cooler, and prepared accordingly. All I ended up with was a bag of clothes that didn't get worn.

Took the opportunity to check out a couple of halls, namely the French and German offerings. The German hall was very classy, well laid out, with the sub regions grouped together and access fairly easy despite the crowds. Tasted some wonderful Kabinett and Spatlese wines from the 2009 vintage, the Maximim Grunhauser wines particularly impressive.

Then it was back to the French hall for a quick look, and on to Hall 6 to start the day. The best looking section in our hall was definitely that of the Portugese. Stylish, well appointed booth's, good lighting; a lot of thought had gone into it and on a quick tasting the wines, especially the dry reds from the Douro, were impressive.

Half way through the second day, Kajsa Bergqvist came by to taste. Kajsa is a legendary Swedish high jumper, a real icon who has now moved onto a new love- wine. She has started a wine import business in Sweden and fingers crossed, will be also distributing Dombeya and Haskell there in the near future. She digs our wines and even though she had tasted them with Rianie in South Africa recently, she came back for a second helping to confirm her previous thoughts. Stand by for more news on when our wines will be available in Sweden.

The other market that looks like it will open up for us is Holland. We met a couple of importers who were keen on the wines, but these decisions take time and in this game you need to be patient. We have high hopes though, and like Sweden, we'll let everyone know when the dotted line has a signature on it.

Pictured are our German importers, Stephanie and Gerhard Kloos (of Kloos and Kloos).

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On the Road with Dombeya- Prowein Days 2 & 3

Date: Tue, Apr 6, 2010 Winery Blogs

by Grant Dodd



It has been raining steadily since I've been here, just misty style rain but constant. Fortunately, it hasn't been cold at all, with temperatures hovering between 10 and 14 degrees. I expected something much cooler, and prepared accordingly. All I ended up with was a bag of clothes that didn't get worn.

Took the opportunity to check out a couple of halls, namely the French and German offerings. The German hall was very classy, well laid out, with the sub regions grouped together and access fairly easy despite the crowds. Tasted some wonderful Kabinett and Spatlese wines from the 2009 vintage, the Maximim Grunhauser wines particularly impressive.

Then it was back to the French hall for a quick look, and on to Hall 6 to start the day. The best looking section in our hall was definitely that of the Portugese. Stylish, well appointed booth's, good lighting; a lot of thought had gone into it and on a quick tasting the wines, especially the dry reds from the Douro, were impressive.

Half way through the second day, Kajsa Bergqvist came by to taste. Kajsa is a legendary Swedish high jumper, a real icon who has now moved onto a new love- wine. She has started a wine import business in Sweden and fingers crossed, will be also distributing Dombeya and Haskell there in the near future. She digs our wines and even though she had tasted them with Rianie in South Africa recently, she came back for a second helping to confirm her previous thoughts. Stand by for more news on when our wines will be available in Sweden.

The other market that looks like it will open up for us is Holland. We met a couple of importers who were keen on the wines, but these decisions take time and in this game you need to be patient. We have high hopes though, and like Sweden, we'll let everyone know when the dotted line has a signature on it.

Pictured are our German importers, Stephanie and Gerhard Kloos (of Kloos and Kloos).

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On the Road with Dombeya- Prowein Day 1

Date: Tue, Apr 6, 2010 Winery Blogs

by Grant Dodd



The first thing you notice about Prowein is just how huge it is. Seven massive halls, all packed to the walls with wine producers looking to sell their wares to the world.

As a producer, it is easy to have a somewhat insular view of your importance to the wine world. Rightly, you view your brand as having cache', and hold a glossy view of its place in the order of things. Only when you come to a show such as this do you have the opportunity however to fully realise just how massive an industry this is, and just how many people are in exactly the same boat as you.

The South African stand is in Hall 6, and with most people entering at Hall 1, it takes a while for the crowd to start filtering down to where we are situated. Once they do, it is fairly constant action for most of the day, one that starts at 9am and goes through till 6pm. Lots of tasting, lots of talking, lots of trying to make eye contact with important looking people who seem to be making decisions whilst tasting with other wineries. There's no point in standing there like a statue- Darwinist theory rules supreme in the wine industry, so you need to make yourself noticed, and heard. The rule of the four B's- be seen, be heard, be read, and befriend- are paramount in this game. Ignore them at your peril.

Some good prospects, and a lot of interest from German restaurants and hotels, so hopefully we will sell some more wine this year through our German importer Kloos and Kloos. A few more appointments tomorrow, so off to bed for a jet-lagged sleep and back at it tomorrow.

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