If you follow me on social media you may have noticed that I had been posting a lot about Kunjani Wines. This is one of the newest wine estates in the country and I was invited to their launch on 16 November 2017.
Kunjani Wines was conceptualised in 2011 by a German Entrepreneur (Paul Barth) and a South African Businesswoman (Pia Watermeyer) with a vision of creating a cross-continental wine.
“Kunjani” means “Hi, how are you?” In the South African Nguni languages and that is exactly how great relationships start. A simple greeting and a great glass of wine between new friends.
When you arrive at the entrance of this wine estate you immediately feel like royalty , welcomed by great concierge.
Kunjani Wines’ interior was created by Pia Watermeyer and the iconic Haldane Martin. It’s modern design is an emergence of a new South African design language and identity. The design represents an innovative, stylish and soulful interior with a unique character. This includes custom fittings, luxurious finishes and custom-made furniture paired with selected artworks by local artists, Krisjan Rossouw and Peter Pharoah.
Kunjani opened its doors with a selection of great-tasting and carefully crafted wines, which I had the pleasure of tasting, including:
2017 Sauvignon Blanc with beautiful & enticing summer expression that exhibits passion fruit, cut cucumber and freshly picked coriander, kept fresh with a dollop of lime zest.
2017 Chenin Blanc with a tropical and a fusion of ripe papaya fruit served with a squeeze of lime on a biscuit crust
2015 Red Blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec. Expect ripe, red cherries and tobacco notes with a lush mid-palate.
2015 Dry Riesling with tasting notes to follow.
2014 Shiraz that can only be described as spicy, meaty, with notes of blackberries and ripe plum.
2017 Pia Noir, also known as The Stolen Chicken. Perhaps a personal favourite amongst the staff, this wine was crafted in honour of James and his mom, Pia. It encapsulates the story of the boy who stole the chicken, but tried to convince his mother that he had found them. Who leaves chickens on the side of the road? Imagine a bowl of beautifully ripe straw and raspberries served with a sinful drop of toffee apple syrup.
What is wine without some pairings?
Kunjani’s delicious wines and breathtakingly beautiful interior is best paired with their carefully curated menu – designed to be a FUN dining experience. You will enjoy a variety of dishes and tapas on their set menu, including the Asian Braised Crispy Pork Belly; served with baby onions, apple puree, baby carrots and a red wine dressing.
Another favourite is the Mushroom Ravioli, with pan seared spinach in a tomato and basil sauce topped with parmesan shavings. There are a variety of pizzas, burgers, platters and desserts to choose from. The prices range from R85.00 – R160.00 per dish, and Wine Tastings are R75.00 per person, which includes a selection of 5 wines.
In case you thought that was it, Kunjani also offers elegant and luxurious cottages on their estate. The cottages all feature a patio with a view over the Kunjani vineyards and Stellenbosch mountains. The four self-catering cottages are aptly named: Shiraz (sleeps 4), Merlot (sleeps 2), Cabernet (sleeps 2) and Stolen Chicken (sleeps 4). Prices range from R1900.00 – R3500.00 per cottage, per night.
Now you have no excuses of not extending your stay at this beautiful estate.
You can find Kunjani at Farm 90/20, Blumberg Drive, Devonvale, Stellenbosch. Tel: +27 87 630 0407
Enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org. Wine Sales: email@example.com.
Social Media: @KunjaniWines and #KunjaniWines on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.