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.