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Diemersfontien Summer’s Lease 2009


Last night was date night: early dinner at inner-city Italian restaurant Il Cappero followed by a show at The Fugard Theatre. To start, one plate of antipasta misto (cured meats and cheeses sourced locally but good) and one of parmigiana di melanzane (eggplant parmesan) to share. To drink, a glass of a rather good white blend from Chardonnay and Sicilian variety Inzolia. For main course, salsiccia e polenta (the sausages flavourful although a touch over-salted), this paired with a glass of somewhat ordinary Chianti.  My first time at this modest but authentic eatery and I’ll be back.

On to the relatively new Fugard in District 6. This is an intimate and well appointed venue, patrons are encouraged to enjoy the bar before and after the show. Diemersfontein seem to have taken ownership of the wine list, an overhead plasma screen advertising various options, the Wellington winery’s famous “choc-coffee” Pinotage the most expensive wine-by-the-glass option at R30. I opted for the Summer’s Lease 2009, a blend of 63% Shiraz, 36% Mourvèdre and 1% Viognier at R26. After all, we were there to see livewire comedian Nik Rabinowitz and I therefore had no need for caffeine in my wine, real or imagined.


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