Typing Paserene into Google Maps would pretty much leave even Siri asking if you are sure you know where you are going. The brand new Hot Spot to hit Franschhoek is so new its website and location pin are yet to be established but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be apart of the grand unveiling of the gorgeous Paserene Tasting Room.
Situated along the iconic R45 road leading into the beloved Franschhoek wine country, you are met with a gorgeous structure that intrigues the eye from the road and captures you before being surprised by your first sip of their signature wines.
Breaking the traditional old world feeling of the colonial Franschhoek, you are met with a modern structure symbolising a swallows nest, the gorgeous Tasting Room. Once entering you are encapsulated with comfortable leather seating, an exquisite view over surrounding rolling mountains, brass knee high tables and large seating areas across the deck that form the perfect equation for a relaxing day spent out in wine country. To top it off, their wines are a worldly blend too.
Upon arrival we were met with the Franschhoek Valley’s symbol, crisp MCC as the purple ribbon was cut and we all welcomed this iconic landmark into the wine world. We then made our way back up to the tasting room where we tasted three of the Paserene labels.
The wines have been carefully curated by ‘swallow’ winemaker Martin Smith, who was proudly talking us through his idea behind each of the labels. “When tasting the three wines – a Chardonnay and two red blends respectively called Union and Marathon, we swear we could almost taste the Californian precision, however with distinctly South African terroir.” says the girls from Glou Glou
Union and the coming together of friends, loved ones and wine enthusiast are at the forefront of what Martin and his business partner Ndabe Mareda had in mind when thinking about what legacy Paserene would have.
Food and Wine has always been at the forefront of a good meal for me. The food and the wine have to talk as though they have been in conversation for years and have come together while reminiscing on their fond memories. Who better to pair the wine with than Chef Mynhardt Joubert. The well loved Chef on everyones mind when you thing of creative good food with a touch of sophistication and packed with flavour.
What was meant to be a three course ended up being a seven course extravaganza with food coming out in trays the entire evening. A few of the delicious menu items where the following, photographed below.
Savoury Pancakes with Smoked Salmon Pate and Caviar.
Springbok Carpaccio with Edamame Beans
Homemade Chicken Liver Pate with root vegetables and a savoury crumb
Steak Tartar with a Garlic Toast
A cheese platter to end all cheese platters decked out with local flavours
This high-end boutique wine brand includes Paserene Chardonnay (W.O Elgin), Paserene Marathon, a Bordeaux-style red and Paserene Union, a Rhône-inspired red blend. Since their first vintage in 2013, these wines have only grown in esteem and associated interest – most recently culminating in Paserene Chardonnay 2015 receiving a 5-Star rating in Platter’s Wine Guide 2018.
Its clear that winemaker Martin has definitely found his nest and he will be pruning at it for years to come.
If you would like to experience it please contact the following: The new Paserene tasting room is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00
Contact: 021 8762714
I was invited as a guest for the media preview, all photography and opinions on the food and wine are my own and it was taken for the benefit of this post for me to showcase my experience of the evening.