One of Cape Town’s Best Kept Secrets

Hidden off Tygerberg Valley Road in Durbanville is one of Cape Town’s best kept secrets – Klein Roosboom Boutique Winery. Probably one of the coolest settings to have a wine tasting is Klein Roosboom’s “caves” or old concrete wine tanks. Like geniuses, we didn’t book one of these caves to do our tasting and had to opt for the relaxed outside setting. Not that we minded, Durbanville does tend to rank on the cooking hot scale and our table was under an umbrella so no problemo 🙂 Klein Roosboom offers two tastings: one white wine tasting and one red wine tasting. We decided that we would share the tastings instead of each of us doing a red and a white. The whites consisted of the Bandana Blanc, Jéan Sauvignon Blanc, Dear Diary Chardonnay, the Klein Roosboom Reserve Sauvignon Blanc and the Marianna Rosé while the reds consisted of the Janét Shiraz, Nicol Merlot and Johan Cabernet Sauvignon.

One of the Klein Roosboom Wine Tasting Caves
Klein Roosboom Wine Tasting Caves

In the moments while we waited for our tasting to begin, we mulled around the property. Taking pictures and thinking how damn cool those caves are and how dumb we were for not booking one, asking questions and finding out the restaurant will be opening up in 2019 – so we’ll be back in 2019 for that 😉 When we were signalled to return to our table, the red tasting began. Naturally, I opted for red and he opted for white and then we’d swop. Tasting the Janét, we picked up hints of sweet spice and cloves, cinnamon and pepper. Described as a delicately elegant Shiraz ideal for cooler climates, we felt that the Janét was gently balanced in its fruitiness and in French oak. Always good news when we’re off to a tasty start. Then we tried the Johan Cabernet Sauvignon. This Cab Sav. was smokey and vibrant with hints of blackberries and blackcurrants. A flavourful Cab Sav indeed. The last red on the menu was the Nicol Merlot. Definitely our favourite of the three reds, the Nicol had hints of berries, dark chocolate, Turkish Delights and Eucalyptus. Delicious. The perfect blend of berries, spices and flavourful aromas.

Our table
KR Sauvignon Blanc Reserve, Jean Sauvignon Blanc and the Bandana Blanc

We then moved onto the white wines and Marianna Rosé. We started off with the Bandana Blanc. Definitely another easy drinking wine. With hints of tropical fruits and citrus. gooseberries and guava, the Bandana Blanc is one of those lovely summer wines. Next on the list was the Jéan Sauvignon Blanc. A more full bodied Sauvignon Blanc, the Jéan is filled with hints of tropical fruits, grapefruit and citrus. Our second last white wine was the Dear Diary Chardonnay. A more clean and crisp Chardonnay than we would normally drink. Dear Diary had hints of pear, apples, lime and various herbs. A lovely wine but not our favourite unfortunately. Our last white wine was the Klein Roosboom Sauvignon Blanc Reserve. We’ve had an enormous amount of Sauvignon Blanc Reserves over the years. Klein Roosboom’s was fruity but well-balanced. Showing it’s nature leagues above the rest.

White Wines of Klein Roosboom

Our very last wine from this estate was the Marianna Rosé. We’ve confessed before that we aren’t huge Rosé fans but as with everything in life – don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. Consisting of 40% Sauvignon Blanc and 60% Merlot, the Marianna was delicate but fruity and zesty as well. With hints of rasberries, strawberries and cream, the Marianna is a fun and flavourful Rosé – making it easy to see why it’s one of their most popular wines.

Having only heard of this estate a week earlier, it definitely is one of Cape Town’s best secrets and worth a visit. If not for their charismatic wine tasting rooms then for the rolling hills setting and their wholesome wines. We’ll definitely be back to have one of the tastings in their caves and to try out their brand new restaurant – just be sure to book 😉

The Marianna Rose

Klein Roosboom is open Tuesdays through Sundays 10h00 – 16h30 :

060 877 2678 / / M13 (Tygerberg Valley Road), Durbanville, Western Cape, South Africa

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