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From monthly archives: July 2014

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Highlands Road Café Menu Update (July 2014-October 2014)



Thank you for joining us, we hope you enjoy your meal…


Wood-Fired Pizza

Aon                                                                                                                              R85

Tomato base; Black Forest Ham; Mushrooms; Caramelized onions; Blue cheese; Fresh Rocket

Dhá                                                                                                                             R90

Tomato base; Mozzarella; Salami; Roasted peppers; Kalamata olives; Brie cheese

Trì                                                                                                                               R70

Margarita (tomato base; Mozzarella)

Ceithir                                                                                                                         R80

Tomato base; Mozzarella; Bacon; Mushrooms; Feta cheese

Còig                                                                                                                             R85

Tomato Base; Mozzarella; Salami; Feta; Peppadews; Caramelized onions

Sia                                                                                                                               R85

Tomato Base; Mozzarella; Black Forest ham; Camembert cheese; Preserved Figs

Seachd                                                                                                                         R80

Tomato Base; Mozzarella; Bacon; Pineapple; Peppadews; Feta cheese

Ochd                                                                                                                           R85

(V)Tomato Base; Mozzarella; Mushrooms; Kalamata Olives; Roasted peppers; Caramelized onions; Brie cheese

Naoi                                                                                                                            R90

(V) Tomato Base; Mozzarella; Blue Cheese; Brie; Feta; Mushrooms; Basil pesto dressing

Deich                                                                                                                           R80

Tomato Base; Mozzarella; Avocado; Bacon; Feta cheese (seasonal)




Design your own pizza- R70

Brie/Camembert Cheese R15                                         Blue Cheese R20

Feta R12                                                                       Parmesan Shavings R20

Bacon R20                                                                    Fresh Rocket R10                     

Salami R15                                                                    Black Forest Ham R15              

Roasted Peppers R18                                                     Peppadews R15

Kalamata Olives R10                                                      Anchovies R15 

Caramelized Onions R15                                               Mushrooms R12                                  

Pineapple R10                                                               Preserved Figs R15

Avocado (seasonal) R15





Wood-fired flatbreads with a selection of fresh toppings

Aon Deug                                                                                                        R60

Olive Oil; Salt; Pepper; Oregano; Garlic; Parmesan shavings

Dhà Deug                                                                                                        R70

Blue Cheese; Bacon; Fresh Tomato & Onion; Fresh Rocket; Balsamic Reduction; Parmesan shavings

Tri Deug                                                                                                          R65

Cream Cheese; Bacon; Sweet Chilli Sauce

Ceithir Deug                                                                                                    R70

Olive Oil; Black Forest ham; Parmesan Shavings; Fresh Rocket






Sweet Endings

Decadent Dark Chocolate Torte with Vanilla Ice Cream                                                 R55

White Chocolate Panna Cotta with Berries and Homemade Shortbread                             R50

Homemade Malva Pudding with vanilla ice cream                                                                        R45



Grub for little tummies


Margarita Pizza                                                                                                           R60

Margarita with Bacon                                                                                                 R65

Hawaiian (Bacon & Pineapple)                                                                                  R65


Vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce                                                                       R45

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Highlands Road Update

Highlands Road Update…

Whats been going on at Highlands Road Estate?

We’re already halfway through 2014 Wow! How time has flown- It seems like it’s a sip, swirl and taste and all of a sudden you’re 3 bottles of red down and talking to a rock about your philosophy on economic empowerment. Yes.

Needless to say, this has been a whirlwind year for Highlands Road Estate, full of new and exciting ventures. Our first harvest with our new winemaker, Jacques Maree (the end product of which we are BEYOND excited to taste), our first Cool Wine and Country event with our new team (a great success!) and many other private functions,  not to mention the wrath of the cold Elgin winter, something none of us Elgin-newbies were prepared for! To arrive at the estate in the morning to find our outside tables covered in a layer of solid ice is no joke, I can tell you that much! Thank goodness for our fantastic tasting room fire place!

We received rave reviews for our much anticipated 2013 Rosé, bottled earlier in the year, and our proudest moment came when owner Michael White stepped up to accept the Trophy for Best Unwooded Sauvignon Blanc in the Museum Category. We are honoured to be sharing the win with the great wines who won before us. We are expecting our 2010 vintage to also start making waves soon- watch this space! With our Old-Mutual Trophy Win, we had the opportunity to go on a roadshow across SA, meeting some wonderful people along the way

We were also very fortunate to be able to participate in the Graff-Reiniet “Stoep tasting” weekend, where this sleepy little Karoo town sprang to life, fueled by good people, great wines, and an unforgettable air of small-town hospitality!

With the changing season and removal of some unwelcome dogs, we have also seen the return of the Highlands Road otter(s), which have playfully bobbed their heads up from the dam waters in the early hours of the morning and the start of nightfall.

We also had the addition of two fantastic staff members, assisting us in the tasting room and in the kitchen. And lest we forget the addition of our little girl who was born in February, who has been entertaining us all here at Highlands Road and who has already taken an interest in wine, judging by her fascination with wine glasses and barrels!

Gosh- and we still have 5 months to go! We are all gearing up for the busy summer months to come and can’t wait for the Elgin Valley to spring back into life with the hustle and bustle of customers! Bring it on!

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Cool Climate Wines

Here in Elgin, we’re famous for our outstanding “cool climate wines”, but what does that really mean? No, it does not mean that our wines can only be enjoyed on cooler days (thank goodness for that) but refers to the micro-climate in which the grapes are grown. Now, if you’ve visited our beautiful Valley before (particularly between May-November) you would have likely experienced the lovely chill that embraces you as you approach Grabouw.

Scientifically speaking, grapes don’t like temperatures that drop below 10°C and the vines will lay dormant until temperatures rise above this mark, reserving all their energy for the warmer times to follow, and because our climate tends to wean off winter much later than other wine routes (such as Stellenbosch) the vines get a much later and slower start when it comes to growing and maturing berries. The best description for this whole process and the consequences thereof is with using the comparison of growing tomatoes-

“ Imagine trying to ripen tomatoes on your patio if you live where it’s foggy daily in the summertime, and temperatures rarely rise above 30°C. Unless you’re really lucky, those are going to be some tart, green tomatoes that don’t have much flavor, right?  They start out with high levels of acid, low levels of sugar and vegetative flavors. As the weeks go by the sweetness increases and the tomatoey flavor develops, providing they get enough heat and sun. So, depending upon where they’re grown they’ll ripen slowly or quickly. In a cool-climate situation there’s a risk that they never get really ripe – they’re on the tart side. In a warm climate situation there’s little difficulty getting them nice and sweet and you need to pick them before they start to get mooshy and over ripe.” (The Tasting Group Blog)

 Although this might sound like bad news for vines growing in cooler areas, it makes for very interesting and unique range of flavours and aromas in the final product vastly different to its warmer climate counterpart, as well as wines that age extremely well due to the high levels of acid naturally found in the wine. As they age, the true flavour of the wine unfolds to make it complex  and balanced whilst keeping their crisp freshness.

A key example of this process is of course our 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, which has become much fuller and softer whilst maintaining its typical cool-climate minerality, and which has gained many accolades to its name in recent years. Most notably the 2014 Old Mutual Trophy Award in the Museum Class (yes, we LOVE talking about this one!).

Varietals that do well in this sort of climate range from Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Gamay Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Syrah and Cabernet Franc. 

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