Having worked up quite an appetite during the tour and wine tasting we were welcomed to the Red Table by Roy the friendly day manager, who promptly brought us the head chef Edmore Ruzoza for an introduction and a run through of the menu. Chef Edmore has that glint in his eye that true foodies have, people that can talk excitedly about something like mushrooms for hours. He crafts his meals with joy and honesty, bringing the best out of fresh seasonal ingredients. We listened to all his recommendations and had the following:
For starters, we had the Harrisa Prawn Salad with Avo and mixed greens, the prawns were infused and cooked perfectly, and the portioning was ideal. We also had the Pumpkin & Parmesan Fritters with crispy bacon and brown butter, an item that feels like a bit of dessert, and a lot of delicious.
Mains were the braised pork belly, with a deliciously smooth celeriac puree, caramelised red cabbage and sweet roasted pear. Also, we had the line fish (kingklip on the day) which was succulent and fresh, with greens and roast new potatoes.
The view from the front of the manor house is incomparable and we wouldn’t trade that moment in the sun, with a full belly, wine in hand, for anything in the world.
Once again, Annetjie Hopkins proved to be a most able and charming ambassador for Nederburg, taking our hands and guiding us through the intricacies of the selection in front of us. The tasting was conducted in a warm and conversational style, and our host discussed the wines with us, never lecturing, which definitely added to the experience.
Having a preference for reds, the stand out wines we tasted were “The Brewmaster” from the Heritage Heroes range and the Ingenuity Italian blend, both of which delivered tons of flavour and body, pungent and muscular wines which entertain from beginning to end.
The white wines didn’t disappoint either, we tasted a sublime The Winemasters Sauvignon Blanc with a hint of gooseberry and a Nobel Late Harvest dessert wine that revolutionised the category and created an international auction.
One thing that is consistent, and that reflects in all of the wines is the touch of Andrea Freeborough, the Cellarmaster. Andrea has a playful, innovative approach to wine, always keen to explore new ways to do old things, and her experience and skill is evident in everything Nederburg produces.
Most of the wines we tasted were available to order for selected international locations
Camps Bay is the trendy heart of the Atlantic seaboard, the palm-line, white-sand beach with an abundance of vibey restaurants and classy eateries complete the picture postcard setting. Against the backdrop of the twelve apostles along the length of Table Mountain and its pristine beaches, this gem has been cherished by locals and travellers alike from as far back as 1786, when The Roundhouse was first established as a guard post by the Dutch East India Company.