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"May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through!"
- Author Unknown -

   

A word from Lars

 

“Our winter was dry and warm, which was a bit of a worry, but the unseasonably cold and wet spring seems to have made up for it. The vines are looking great, flowering was successful and the fruit is developing nice and slow.
  
The entire year of vineyard nurturing and grooming is coming to an end now and we are looking forward to the upcoming harvest. Christmas and New Year will give our team the break they deserve to gather strength for the main season.
  
Wishing you all a relaxing and blessed Christmas season as well as a happy New Year.”

 

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The Restaurant ~ Epicureans looking for excellence in a dining experience need look no further than this gourmet restaurant.
  
Light and airy, dressed in shades of cream and surrounded by exquisite artwork, one is immediately filled with a sense of anticipation of finer things to come. This restaurant exudes style.
  
Views onto the vineyards and the Constantia Valley are breathtaking.
  
Chef Patron Edgar Osojnik’s cuisine is a delicious mix of the innovative and the traditional one of a few gifted, creative chefs in the Cape. He uses free range and organic produce wherever possible.
  
The Courtyard is the informal garden restaurant ~ in an idyllic setting with an attractive fountain to add to the serenity this is an enchanting place to spend an afternoon ~ a light menu is offered as well as tapas.
  
Buitenverwachting Restaurant is delighted to introduce Restaurant Manager, Cecil Monk an experienced Restaurateur you will find him most obliging. More on him in our next newsletter.

    

Hot off the press ...

  
Edgar is introducing his new concept Dinner Menu on Saturday 17th December.
   
A wide selection of dishes prepared with exciting new methods and techniques; at the same time the traditional, which is very much in vogue. Waitrons have been intensively trained and they will elaborate on options and explain fully exactly how each plate of superb cuisine is to be presented and what diners can expect as an accompaniment.
  
Edgar says, “My waitrons are my menu!”
  
A brand new idea in South Africa but a concept that is catching on fast overseas.

  

    
    
Example:
Crayfish
  • Thermidor
               • Ricotta Citrus Ravioli
               • Grilled Melon

  

Festive ...

  

Christmas Eve ~ Christmas Lunch ~ New Year’s Eve

 
Although every day is a celebration of life and all its good things at Buiten, Edgar has carefully planned scrumptious feasts for these special days!
  
On arrival guests will be met with canapés and a festive punch to be followed by Five scrumptious courses and finishing with superb coffee and petit fours. For more detail and prices please click here and press the menu button.
  
Please remember the need to book early!
Telephone 021 794 35 22 for more information or to book.

 
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Wine ...
  

Winemaker Brad Paton recently had a whistle stop trip to America. Meeting people, doing wine tastings and spreading the word about Buitenverwachting’s great wines.
  
He spent most of his time in Boston and New York City and State and loved it he found the market fascinating with loads of diversity and loads of potential for their wines.

  

The Americans had great difficulty pronouncing 'Buitenverwachting' but loved the wine! He returned full of enthusiasm and inspiration... rarin’ to go.

     
After a couple of weeks in the Cellar, it was off to Durban for the Mercury Wine Week where Nicola Jenvey had this to say...

   
Independent On Line Natal Mercury 29.11.11
The Buitenverwachting G 2010 (double gold) impressed during this year’s Mercury Wine Week and is another one that will break down boundaries for its varietal, namely gewürztraminer. A wooded wine, it also bursts with honeysuckle and blossoms, but has been fermented bone-dry for an intensity that will leave the senses reeling.

  
We all love Brad’s Blends and he loves making them!
He won Double Gold at Veritas for his Red Blend Rough Diamond 06 and his G 2010.
Maximus, G and the very popular Batavia are all available at the Cellar.

     
Word is that he has been making a new white blend which is as yet unnamed... It is a Chenin and Semillon blend; fermented and matured for a 15 months in French Oak. It was bottled in May and is maturing in the Bottle Maturation Cellar along with the Hussey’s Vlei Sauvignon Blanc 2011.

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Functions ...
  

Yolanda Osojnik has been very busy organising impressive year end functions for Cape Town’s business people. She has a flair for arranging stylish functions with panache.
  
Weddings, Birthdays, Anniversaries and any other special day are her forte. These special celebrations have become a popular feature at Buitenverwachting.
  
Yolanda goes the extra mile to make your unique day memorable.
  
You can call her on 021 794 3522.

 
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Meet the staff ...
  

Elsie Meyer is a widow, she was born in Wellington and grew up in Stellenbosch; her first job was in Cape Town where she met her husband. She has 2 daughters and 3 grandchildren.
  
She started her career at Buitenverwachting working as Assistant Housekeeper in the Manor House which at that time was the home of the Farm Manager. It wasn’t long before her potential was realized and she joined the staff at the Restaurant as a Bartender; twenty three years later, she rules the roost in the restaurant and is the Bar Manager a position she fills with aplomb. She has done a course as a Barista and definitely makes the best coffee in town.

   
An extraordinary, loyal and warm hearted person, Elsie has worked for Buitenverwachting since 1988... When asked if she has received the gold watch yet, she just giggles.
   
Chatting to her, it soon becomes obvious that Buitenverwachting is her life. She absolutely adores Chef/Patron Edgar Osojnik, her respect for him is tangible, Elsie says, “I love my job, if I didn’t love it, I wouldn’t still be here. This is my place!” She lives in the Village on the farm during the week and goes home to her house in Eerste River when she has 2 days off.
  
Her memories are of milestones in the lives of Edgar and owner Lars Maack. She feels she belongs and certainly knows the history of the farm as well as the restaurant. She is loved by staff and guests alike, her twinkling eyes are an indication of her keen sense of humour.
  
Elsie is a testament to the amazing ‘work ethic’ at Buitenverwachting.
 

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Ilze’s Cellar Door News ...
   

Ilze Renz the Cellar Door Manager at Buitenverwachting is a qualified winemaker and as you can imagine, extremely knowledgeable. Her team is friendly and informative and wine tastings are free at this beautiful Estate.
   
Wine Tastings are from 10 a.m. six days per week (“Never on a Sunday”)
    
She loves her job and says, “I thoroughly enjoy people and know and love the Buitenverwchting wines.”
    
After nearly four years of marriage, she and hubby Richard are delighted that a new member of the family will be arriving in mid March!
    
A new experience for Ilze is that she is managing the farm’s social media.
    
It’s the festive season and Ilze says you would go a long way to beat Buiten’s Brut @ R100 a bottle.

  

New Vintages:
  
Cabernet Franc 2007
Offers strong characters reminiscent of dark chocolate, tobacco and ripe red pepper as well as cigar-box. Matches well to red meats.
  
Christine 2008
This classic Bordeaux style blend consists of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot. The wine offers rich red fruit characters reminiscent of ripe cherry and black currant with dark chocolate and tobacco undertones. Great with Entrecote and Game.

The popular Winzer Platters are available at the Tasting Room. It consists of Breads, imported Cold Meats, Cheeses and Grapes and is a bargain at R75.

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Gift ideas ...
  

  
• An exquisite piece of Jewellery from bespoke Jewellers
  Maack and Martin - on display in the Tasting Room.
 
• A bottle of award winning wine.
  
• Dinner for two.
  
• Picnic for two.

   

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THE CELLAR - 021 794 5190 FOR WINE TASTINGS OR PICNICS
 
THE RESTAURANT - 021 794 3522 FOR INFORMATION OR TO BOOK

 

Buitenverwachting, Klein Constantia Road, Constantia, Cape Town, South Africa
Telephone: +27 (0) 21 794 5190  |  Facsimile: +27 (0) 21 794 1351  |  Restaurant: +27 (0) 21 794 3522
Email: restaurant@buitenverwachting.com  |  Website: www.buitenverwachting.co.za