From the dining tables of Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve to the Paardeberg valley of Paarl, where the Oude Denneboom wine-making traditions herald; two crowd-favourite wines from the region have been awarded Michelangelo Awards for 2020. While the Kagga Kamma chef serves up delectable meals, the wine selection at the Restaurant offers elegant conversation through exquisite pairings.
The Oude Denneboom 2020 Chenin Blanc was awarded a Michelangelo Platinum Medal; an award bestowed on the top 1% of all entries. This wine sparks tropical fruits, such as yellow apple and pineapple, on the nose and is complemented with a positive mineral aftertaste and long finish. The perfect pairing to creamy cow’s milk cheeses and balmy summer afternoons makes this Chenin a classic accompaniment to lunch on the terrace at Kagga Kamma, overlooking the intriguing rock formations.
For those who prefer to indulge in velvety reds, the Oude Denneboom 2019 Black Harrier Shiraz was awarded a Michelangelo Gold Medal, placing in the top 10% of all wine entries. Characteristically of the Shiraz cultivar, the Black Harrier is a deeply intense red with complex berry and violet aromas. This is supported by lush fruit on the mid-palate and a well-rounded aftertaste with a good tannin structure. The Oude Denneboom Shiraz completes an evening under the Milky Way in the Kagga Kamma Open Air Boma, as a fire crackles and casts a warm glow onto a table-top feast.
Wining and dining at Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve breathes relaxation back into existence. Whether a meal is enjoyed on the patio, shaded from the heat of the day, with a cool glass of liquid gold in-hand; or relished in under the deep, Cederberg skies, surrounded by loved ones and a bottle of pure indulgence – each dining experience should be stained into memory, just as the age-old vines which produce these fine wines, and the historical rock art paintings left behind.