The Wine Experience

The Wine Experience at Harvey’s Point has been enjoyed by many of our discerning guests over the years. Our wine list is carefully created by Jody, wine connoisseur extraordinare and Orhan our restaurant manager. Both share a passion for fine wines that taste well, are good value and unique. It’s not about the size of the list, it’s about the quality of wines on offer. Each wine has been tried and tasted to ensure that they meet with Jody and Orhan’s approval. Marc and I are always happy to assist whenever the wine list is being reviewed 🙂

We were delighted to be awarded the prestigious ‘Best Wine Experience’ at the ‘Hotel & Catering Review’ Gold Medal Awards last year. View our Wine List

“This innovative, comprehensive and stylishly presented wine list contains interesting and reasonably priced choices, and reflects knowledge, respect, enthusiasm and passion for the wines of the world.” Mary O’ Callaghan – Lecturer in Wine Studies at Dublin Institute of Technology.

Sundowner at La Petite Ferme Winery - Franschhoek

Sundowner at La Petite Ferme Winery – Franschhoek

 

A journey through South Africa’s stunning wine region

Earlier this year, while on holidays in South Africa, Marc and I were on a mission to visit a few wineries that feature on our wine list at Harvey’s Point. First stop ‘Rustenberg Wines’ – We met with Murray Barlow, grandson of Peter Barlow who bought and lovingly renovated the old Rustenberg winery in 1941. We were given a personalised tour of his family’s amazing vineyard. This beautiful estate on the lower slopes of Stellenbosch’s Simonsberg is one of the great names in Cape wine history. We walked among the vines, we tasted the grapes of the vines scheduled to be harvested at 5am the very next morning. We learned the story of the Five Soldiers – five trees standing tall and proud, protecting their beloved winery. Then we got to taste the amazing wine. Our favourite was their flagship ‘Peter Barlow’ 100% cabernet sauvignon – listed in the prestigious ‘Platters’ South African Wine Guide 2015.

Next stop Boekenhoutskloof Winery, spectacularly located in the Franschhoek Valley. We met with Jean – chief winemaker – I offered to be his chief winedrinker or even chief bottlewasher! Here we had the grand tour of how the wine is made, stage by stage. Fascinating to watch and listen to an expert sharing his wonderful world of winemaking.

This award winning winery is famous for their Boekenhoutskloof label, Porcupine Ridge and Wolftrap but our absolute favourite was the Chocolate Block – OMG – this is a wine with a big personality. Jean told us to expect aromas and flavours of cherry, blackberry, cocoa (of course), coriander, cedar, red currant, marzipan, black plum and raisin, maybe even a hint of turkish delight! Ok, I’m not going to pretend we ‘got’ all that but we enjoyed it immensely and we didn’t refuse when he offered us another taste!

The Chocolate Block is based on a varying blend of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Cinsault, and Viognier. The wine itself has a great story attached to it. Seemingly the name is not all about chocolate. According to Jean, the wine ‘has secrets to keep’ and has ‘inspired a graphic novel’. The quest to understand the name of this wine and the wine itself is now the stuff of legend. We’ll just have to go back again to get the full story!

 

“A meal without wine is like a life without love”

Meanwhile, Orhan has been hosting wine tasting demonstrations every week for Harvey’s Point residents over the past few months. Having trained with the ‘WSET’ (Wine and Spirit Education Trust) in both Dublin and Belfast, he is only too delighted to share his passion and knowledge of our fine wines and offer great advice on the different characteristics of the wines and suggestions on which food to pair them with. His tastings are informal, educational and fun. It’s a great opportunity for guests to meet each other and to share a pleasant hour on a rainy afternoon. Imagine sipping wine on the patio overlooking Lough Eske when the sun is shining ! Judging by the guests giggling following our wine tasting events, Orhan is fairly generous with the measures. And “wine” not?

 

Deirdre
July 2015

 

Orhan hosting a wine tasting in the Boathouse at Harvey's Point

Orhan hosting a wine tasting in the Boathouse at Harvey’s Point

 

“Drinking good wine with good food in good company is one of life’s more civilized pleasures”

Michael Broadent

 

 

1 reply
  1. Gill Marseilles
    Gill Marseilles says:

    As always a very interesting report, and I am so pleased to read of your very well deserved award xx

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