When you think of Plettenberg Bay – you think of beaches, forests, elephants, polo, matric rage… normally you don’t associate Plett with wine farms… However Plettenberg Bay is actually South Africa’s smallest wine-growing region, with only 58 hectares of the 100 000 hectares planted countrywide. This wine region is the country’s most easterly wine route. Plett’s first vineyard, Bramon, was born in 2000, and today there are 16 well-established vineyards on this picturesque strip of the Garden Route.
Yesterday we discovered the quite charming Newstead Winery and Restaurant (thank you for the exquisite recommendation @seth_shezi). And we didn’t want to leave. It’s al fresco restaurant with roaring fires in winter is infused with rustic elegance. The basic, yet drool inducing menu consists of some charcuterie, the most delicious salmon pâté, rustic pizzas and the roast of the day. Everything was just perfect. We started with a glass of Newstead MCC 🥂 >> 100% Chardonnay. 2014. 24 months on the lees. W.O PLETTENBERG BAY 😎>> it was fresh and had a vibrant elegance and as much charm as our surroundings. It was also the first wine in the region to win a double gold Michelangelo award. 🍾 As our rustic roast chicken and deliciously crisp pizzas arrived we opened a bottle of unwooded Chardonnay. Despite never seeing oak it still had a beautiful creamy mouthfeel complemented by a fresh citrus line. It invited you to spend the rest of the Day day-dreaming glass in hand. If it wasn’t for our over tired toddler and the rain which kept him indoors we would have stayed there feasting and falling more in love with our surrounds for the rest of the daylight and into the night.
I can’t wait to return and try the new releases of the sold out highly acclaimed Brut Rosé MCC and apparently astonishing Pinot Noir… until next time Newstead- we shall miss you 😘