Highly-lauded and award-winning, the BOSJES chapel, at the foot of the breath-taking Waaihoek mountain, steals the show in terms of design and visual appeal. The Condѐ Nast House & Garden digital team had the pleasure of visiting the BOSJES farm recently, and we wasted no time taking out our iPhones to capture the mandatory insta-worthy shots for our personal Instagram feeds.
The iconic chapel does not disappoint, although slightly smaller than expected, it is worth the 90-minute drive from Cape Town to Rawsonville. BOSJES Farm offers more than a superb wedding and special occasion venue. In addition to the chapel, there is the beautifully designed BOSJES Kombuis that offers country-side dishes prepared by the remarkable resident chef, Kim Cox. The estate boasts the farm's charming original Manor house that was built in 1790, an open-air tea garden (Die TeeTuin), a children's playground and the très chic guesthouse, (Die Skuur Gastehuis) designed by Cape-based designer Liam Mooney.
But back to our reason for the visit — living our best lives out of the office for the day, wining and dining at the BOSJES Kombuis, while chef Kim presented her seasonal menu.
BOSJES launched their maiden wines under the mentorship of wine master, Allen Mullins. Mullins who is highly experienced in blending wines explained how the wines were sourced from Breedekloof's leading wineries and producers. The renowned wine master selected the unique house wines which comprise the Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage, Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc.
The king of red wines 'King Cab' aka Cabernet Sauvignon, was one of our favourites. With its distinctive notes of blackcurrant, chocolate and oak spiciness, it's the perfect partner to steaks or slow-cooked lamb. It's a take-home for those with a discerning palette, so of course, we bought a bottle (or two).
The BOSJES Chenic Blanc was also quite a hit with the guests. It is succulent with peach and apricot flavours and is best paired with poultry dishes and lightly spiced curries.
The Sauvignon Blanc has expressive varietal notes with aromas of passion fruit and gooseberry and is perfectly balanced by grapefruit and lime. Ideal for summer lunches with fresh salads or seafood.
The Pinotage is a classic offering both red and black flavours, with lush raspberry, ripe plum, mulberry, and black cherry notes. It is a joy to drink, especially with casseroles such as oxtail or lamb shanks.
The new range of BOSJES wines are only available on the estate (yes, you have to drive there, but you won't be sorry) and are priced from R90-R150 per 750ml bottle. They are also available by the glass (R25 - R40) at the BOSJES Kombuis.
Images: Sam Linsell, Adam Letch, Charles Russell