Wednesday, November 6, 2013


An evening of culinary pleasures awaits diners who book a table for The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa’s food & wine pairing dinner on Friday 29 November, when Azure Restaurant joins forces with renowned Hemel–en-Aarde winery Bouchard Finlayson. Newly appointed Executive Chef Christo Pretorius has devised a special four-course menu for the evening, with matching wines to be presented by winemaker Peter Finlayson, who is known as South Africa’s ‘Pinot Pioneer’.

Owned by the Tollman Family of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection, Bouchard Finlayson is asmall vineyard and winery in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, defined by the backdrop of majestic mountains and the roar of the wild oceans of the southern seas. Peter Finlayson was the first modern-day winemaker in the valley and was instrumental in putting the Walker Bay wine region on the map. The vineyard's terroir provides ideal conditions, allowing Finlayson to produce Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc of outstanding quality, and thus ensuring that the name Bouchard Finlayson has become internationally synonymous with excellence.

Azure Restaurant at the five-star Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, a Leading Hotels of the World member, presents the perfect location for Bouchard Finlayson’s wines to be showcased. A stunning setting with mesmerising Atlantic Ocean views, a world-class culinary offering and impeccable service make this one of Cape Town’s top dining experiences. Guests attending this special event will be able to celebrate the beginning of the festive season in style, experiencing the wonderful combination of talented Executive Chef Christo Pretorius’s creative cuisine and Bouchard Finlayson’s outstanding vintages.

Chef Pretorius will start the evening with Crayfish Roulade - poached crayfish with lemongrass, vanilla, avocado, a tomato herb dressing and lime yogurt. Peter Finlayson will pair the roulade with Bouchard Finlayson’s Walker Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013, a perfect choice for seafood dishes. Up next will be Fish Du Jour - grilled kingklip with asparagus, corn succotash, pea puree and oyster horseradish cream, to be accompanied by Bouchard Finlayson’s Missionvale Chardonnay 2012.

As main course, Springbok Loin with pearl barley, miso, king oyster mushroom, soy shitake, sweet potato and cranberry jus will find great balance partnered with Bouchard Finlayson’s flagship Galpin Peak Pinot Noir 2011. Growing on the slopes of Galpin Peak, the elusive Pinot noir varietal continues to be the vineyard’s jewel and receives continuous recognition. The 2011 vintage was voted ‘Best Red Wine’ in the ‘Biodiversity and Wine Initiative (BWI)’ category at the Nedbank Green Wine Awards in 2012.

The innovative Blue Cheese dessert will see the Executive Chef mix sweet with salty flavours, combining potted blue cheese with chocolate sable and port reduction. These strong flavours will be matched with Bouchard Finlayson’s Hannibal 2011, a perfect blend of French and Italian grape varieties, with Sangiovese as its principal cultivar.

Rounding off the evening will be tea and coffee, served with a specially created Petit Dessert Plate - apple covered rhubarb, lemon choux, chamomile macaroons and popcorn ice cream to end on a sweet note.

Bouchard Finlayson Dinner
Friday 29 November 2013
Azure Restaurant at The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa
19h00 for 19h30
R545 per person (includes wine, water, tea and coffee)
Bookings are essential: contact restaurant reservations on 021 437 9029


About The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa

The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, situated on Cape Town’s – if not the world’s - most scenic route, recently celebrated its 10th birthday. Well established as the city’s leading boutique hotel, The Twelve Apostles Hotel prides itself in offering guests that ‘personal touch’. Providing a convenient complimentary shuttle service, guests are five minutes from the most beautiful beaches and Camps Bay, 15 minutes from the city centre and V&A Waterfront, and within easy reach of many vineyards within the Cape Winelands. Helicopter transfers are also available to offer an exhilarating experience flying over the spectacular peninsula.

Poised above the Atlantic Ocean, the five-star Cape Town hotel is situated at the water’s edge of a marine reserve, boasting frequent whale and dolphin sightings. Surrounded by nature only, the hotel is flanked by the majestic Table Mountain and the Twelve Apostles mountain range within the Table Mountain National Park. The interior design is inspired by its namesake, creating a fresh, calming environment that artfully combines sophistication with simplicity, comfort and elegance.

Guests are spoilt with spectacular views of the ocean and mountain views in each of the 70bedrooms and suites, including the Presidential Suite, each superbly designed to provide the utmost comfort and style.

The hotel boasts two swimming pools perched above the ocean; its award-winning health and beauty spa; Azure Restaurant, the Café Grill, and The Leopard Bar; a 16-seater private cinema; and meeting, events & wedding facilities for up to 90 guests.


Established in 1989 in the temperate Hemel-en-Aarde Valley on 125 hectares (312 acres) of Walker Bay's prime viticultural land, Bouchard Finlayson Vineyard and Winery is a small cellar dedicated to the quality production of Pinot noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon blanc. Ever since releasing their first vintages, the name Bouchard Finlayson has been internationally synonymous with excellence. Today, owned by the Red Carnation Hotels’ Tollman family and under the leadership of Victoria Tollman and winemaker Peter Finlayson, 22 hectares (54 acres) of the estate are currently under vine with 50% devoted to the varietal for which Peter is most acclaimed – Pinot noir. Other cultivars under production include Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc and Sangiovese, as well as a handful under exploration. Bouchard Finlayson is an accredited Championship member of the Biodiversity and Wine initiative (BWI).

Situated on the R320 near Hermanus, Bouchard Finlayson vineyard and winery is open for tastings and sales Monday to Friday from 09h30 to 17h00 and on Saturdays from 10h00 to 13h00. For further information, call +27 28 312 3515; email; or visit

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