Wine with dinner – Oak Valley & Leopard’s Leap

We met some friends at one of our favourite spots in Paarl the other night – Noop!  I must say, everytime I go I am more impressed with their food, service and whole atmosphere.  We sat outside on the stoep and brought a few bottles of wine of our own.

The food as usual was fantastic, there were a few pork bellies ordered, my other half had the prawn and chicken curry which was full of flavour and I had the line fish with sweet potato and carrot mash, tarragon cream, some greens and a beetroot and ginger puree – fantastic!  And just because I can, I ordered a Frangelico creme brulee for dessert, which of course everyone had a taste of.  Just look how delicious it looks.  An absolutely lovely evening of good friends, food and wine.

We took a bottle of Leopard’s Leap Shiraz Grenache 2010 which we bought the last time we did a tasting at the farm.

JD arrived with one of his birthday presents which was a 2005 Oak Valley Red Blend who’s dusty label gave away its age and prestige.  A beautiful blend of 69% Merlot, Cab Franc and Cab Sav which has smoothed out incredibly with time, what a treat!  Oak Valley have the most beautiful farm out in Elgin with mountain biking trails, wine tasting, the chic new poolside bistro, row upon row of fruit trees and amazing greenhouses filled with beautiful flowers (our wedding flowers came from them).

Both fantastic wines and wine farms to visit.


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