My first experience at Idiom Wine Estate

Restaurant at Idiom Wine Estate

As we entered the grounds of Idiom wine estate, the striking architecture captivated me at once. The architecture is inspired by old world arches combined with a new world modern twist. Idiom wine estate is situated close to Sir Lowry’s Pass. Consequently it is considered to be one of the southern-most vineyards in Stellenbosch, with 180 degree panoramic views of both sea and mountain.

Idiom Restaurant Architecture at Idiom Wine Estate

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Idiom Restaurant Exterior at Idiom Wine Estate

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Besotted with the location of Idiom wine estate, I instantly fell in love with the garden, architecture and views. The clouds and mist could not distract me from its beauty.

As we entered the restaurant with a glass of MCC in hand, a delicious spread of canapés awaited us. The restaurant forms part of the establishment, made up of 2 tasting rooms, a deli, pizzeria and a conference centre at the bottom. Most noteworthy, the conference centre doubles up as a wedding venue for groups up to 110 people. The interior of the restaurant is modern and warm, with breath-taking views from every angle. The Helderberg Basin and Cape Peninsula across False Bay can be seen in its different moods.

Food and Wine at Idiom Wine Estate

Headed by Chef Calum Anderson, the restaurant at Idiom wine estate offers a fusion of Italian and South African cuisine and flavours. “Our focus is on contemporary cuisine bringing to life a fusion of our family’s Italian heritage as well as modern flavours and textures of the­ Cape. We have seventeen different grapes varieties from all over the world planted at Idiom, giving us plenty of scope for inspiration”, notes Roberto Bottega, who has headed up the project of developing the signature Idiom Tasting Centre. “Over the last two years, we have been working to establish the identity and desired direction of our Restaurant and Tasting Centre. Our main trading window is lunch, to take advantage of the views. Our primary goal is to create a top class food offering to match the scenery and complement and showcase our Idiom wines. We offer a ‘Contemporary Dining’ experience, which is a 2- and 3-course seasonal menu, with a recommended wine pairing for each dish. We want customers to have a memorable visit to Idiom.”

After a short tour and introduction to Idiom, we sat down in the restaurant for a 3-course lunch.

Starter at Idiom Wine Estate

Eating at Idiom Wine Estate

Poached stone fruit, burnt cashew, coconut yogurt, and shaved beetroot.

A refreshing and light salad perfect for Summer! I really loved the sweet and tart flavours of the fruits paired with the beetroot. Everything on this plate was perfectly balanced and paired really well with the Viognier 2015. The Viognier has fruity notes forthcoming on the palate, with a buttery finish.

Wine Pairing: Idiom Viognier 2015

Main Course at Idiom Wine Estate

Food at Idiom Wine Estate

Chalmar beef fillet, fried chickpeas, glazed carrots, tomato preserve, smoked olive jus.

Before we get to the description, I have to emphasize the lightness and crispiness of the chickpeas. I spent roughly 5 minutes admiring the craftsmanship (I’ve never tasted such delicious and light chickpeas before). All the flavours from the sweet carrots, to the savoury preserve and olive jus created the perfection fusion of flavours. The beef fillet almost melted in my mouth and paired well with the robust Rhone Blend 2011. A full bodied wine with smooth velvety tannins and raspberries flavours forthcoming on my palate.

Wine Pairing: Idiom Rhone Blend 2011

Dessert at Idiom Wine Estate

Dessert at Idiom Wine Estate

Dark chocolate dome, hazelnut anglaise, rose ice cream, raspberry sauce.

This indulgent chocolatey dessert was the perfect ending to our meal. Each bite was seamless and decadent which paired well with the Imperium Black Gold Merlot.

Wine Pairing: Imperium Black Gold Merlot

The food and wine experience at Idiom wine estate was absolutely superb! Guests can request older vintages from Idiom’s library, and enjoy wines at close to cellar door prices. This season’s 2-course menu is priced at R315 per person and the 3-course is R390. Wine pairings range from R30 – R90 per course depending on the wine.

Love and light,


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2 Discussion to this post

  1. Lalannie Knoll says:

    This estate is beautiful!! Love the sunset pic.
    I always love how you describe the food as it always makes my mouth water. That starter looks and sounds delicious. The dessert… I may or may not have licked my screen or rather the drool from my chin!

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