Cavalli Estate

Cavalli Estate

Cavalli Estate in the Stellenbosch winelands is a versatile lifestyle destination deftly combining food, wine and art.

Whilst the talented chef and sommelier have elevated Cavalli Restaurant to one of the finest in the winelands, winemaker Craig Barnard is doing the same for the focused range of estate wines.

Barnard has headed up the winemaking at Cavalli Estate since 2014, establishing the estate as one of the most dynamic young producers in the acclaimed ‘Golden Triangle’ of the Stellenbosch winelands. With his fifth harvest safely in the cellar, Barnard’s focus is firmly on Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon.

The Flagship range is where the interplay of terroir and winemaker really strut their stuff. The Cremello – a striking blend led by Chenin Blanc, with smaller portions of Chardonnay and Verdelho – has garnered both awards and critics’ praise, while the ‘Warlord’ is a richly elegant Bordeaux-style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petit Verdot. The focus is equally evident in the upmarket Premium Range, with the single-varietal Chenin Blanc ‘Filly’, and the ‘Colt’ Cabernet Sauvignon. A perfect partner to the Premium pair is the trio of wines in the ‘Passions’ portfolio that is crafted for everyday enjoyment.

Under the limited-release range known as ‘The Foal’, Barnard has crafted a remarkable 100% Verdelho, a portion fermented in concrete eggs to retain freshness and aromatics. Alongside it is a remarkable Chardonnay, barrel-fermented for complexity and richness, and aged on the lees for 18 months. Bold yet structured, The Foal Chardonnay is bottled unfiltered and unfined for improved maturation up to a decade after vintage. Rounding out the trio is the ‘Capriole’ Méthode Cap Classique, a stunning blanc de blanc from Chardonnay.

Across the portfolio, a common thread of fruit-primacy, minerality and freshness are hallmarks of Barnard’s winemaking style. The quality of the current releases is made all the more impressive by the fact that these wines are largely crafted from young vines, many just seven years old.

Wine tasting is offered from Wednesday to Sunday, 10am-6pm. Tasting fee of R60 for five premium wines, R40 for 'Passions' wines. Cavalli Restaurant also offers a dinner-only tasting menu; a 10-course degustation paired with wines from the estate. Cavalli Restaurant is open from Wednesday to Saturday for lunch and dinner, as well as Sundays for lunch only.

Address Cavalli Estate is situated at R44 Highway (Strand Road), Somerset West
Contact Number 021 855 3218
Email address info@cavalliestate.com
Website cavalliestate.com