Hemel-en-Aarde Saturdays #capewhalecoast

Weekends can go one of two ways.  I like both equally.  It’s either lazy days of lounging or a hectic fun-packed blur.  An early rise to meet Timothy of Hiking Cape Town and family had me walking through Hermanus vineyards on a sunny Saturday morning.  From Hamilton Russell Vineyards to Bouchard Finlayson and onwards to Newton Johnson.  At Newton Johnson a freshly opened bottle of Southend Chardonnay waited.  The appropriate end to a hike that continued through Hemel-en-Aarde vineyards and lasted just under two hours.

Returning to pick up my Mini Cooper we had a quick taste of Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay and was fortunate to get a glimpse of Anthony Hamilton Russell treating visitors to a private tasting.  Next up… Creation for lunch.  Having done the educational tasting pairings I was ready to try the daily menu offering a choice between two starters, two mains and two desserts.  I ordered the fried squid.  It was superb. Every mouthful was accompanied by a Creation wine.  My glass was always half full.

How do you put the final touches to a perfect day?  A braai with friends of course.  A fillet on the fire and Newton Johnson’s red blend Full Stop Rock was a sensational end to Saturday.  This is how we do tourism on the Cape Whale Coast.

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