Majestic mountains alongside sparkling seas seduce your senses as you travel up a winding road to arrive at what looks like a private residence in the affluent area of Bantry Bay. The understated elegance of this Cape Edwardian-style mansion draws you in down a sweeping staircase, past art adorned walls to the luxurious lounges on the lower floor. The light lures you outwards onto deep, shaded patios that open to terraced lawns. Indigenous foliage edges this idyllic outdoor gallery that overlooks magnificent coastal views.
The Ellerman House Wine Gallery
Opulence extends beyond the walls and gardens into The Ellerman House Wine Gallery. Integrating outstanding contemporary architecture with breathtaking sculptural elements and cutting-edge design. More like a work of art than merely a cellar, the wine gallery provides sophisticated storage in state-of-the-art wine racks and temperature controlled subterranean cellars for a collection of vintage and rare wines.
Where wine becomes art
Besides being an inspiring, experiential space in which to taste wine, the gallery includes an interactive multimedia wine library, maturation cellars, a brandy tasting lounge. There’s a Champagne Cellar where you can find rare vintages of Dom Pérignon and the best of South African Méthode Cap Classique. The Ellerman House Terroir Wall is one of the centrepieces in the gallery and is a work of art all on it’s own. The wall is a sensory soil map of the terroir taken from 100 local wine farms divided into regions like Stellenbosch, Paarl, Constantia and Franschhoek. This is a space where wine becomes art and guests can experience the processes that go into the terroir and the effect that it has on the wine.
‘Wine is the true love’
In the words of Manuel Cabello, Operations manager, ‘The Ellerman Wine experience is as serious as it can be but at the same time we are very relaxed about it. A serious collection of over 8000 bottles of South African wine is a pretty amazing cellar. Our approach is sharing it with knowledge but at the same time very natural, letting the wine tell the story’.
‘If I look back when I took over the collection in 2012 and what South African wine is producing now, a lot has changed. One exciting purchase was getting several, 10 year verticals of Columella from Eben Sadie. In general the whole concept of buying wine to put away is what we are passionate about. Many of the wines I bought then, Wayve, our head sommelier, is serving today. Our guests have the pleasure of savouring these as a benefit from decisions made back then, that is the real excitement’.
Savor the sunsets
Each evening guests are invited to savour the sunsets with canapes, cocktails and wine of course. When asked for Spring sunset suggestions Wayve Kolevsohn had great difficulty narrowing it down, ‘The Storm Ridge Pinot Noir 2016 is a perfect red to drink both at sunset or with a delicious meal. I love that they are beautifully refreshing and elegant, yet so concentrated and flavourful. The Sadie Family Palladius 2016 is another. The 2006 vintage of this wine was the wine that made me truly fall in love with wine. It was literally a life changing wine. This wine sits on the fuller spectrum – Chenin blanc dominated and deliciously concentrated – it’s a wine that memories are made of. To be able to drink this wine under the African sky at sunset will create a memory that you’ll cherish forever’.
Cheers, clink, clink.