The Noble Hill Estate nestles on the side of the Simonsberg Mountains looking across the valley in Paarl to the rocks that give Paarl its name.
Words by Greg Landman
Not only is it the site of a great little restaurant called Cosecha which serves some of the best Mexican food you will eat in SA, but it is the home of some superb wines.
The winemaker is Kristopher Tillery, an American who has put down deep roots, if you will excuse the expression, in the Cape. His wines win awards all over the place, both here and internationally, and are well worth taking time to taste before indulging in some great food. He and his team are committed to making the best they can and have come a long way in achieving their goal.
The wines are well priced, ranging from about R90 for the Sauvignon Blanc to R195 for an excellent MCC made from 100% Chardonnay—superlative. The Sauvignon Blanc comes from 30year old vines that grow on the highest slopes of the mountain and is packed with fresh fruit flavours beautifully supported by well-controlled acids.
Then there is the Chardonnay, a must have for Chardonnay lovers, crisp and light but with plenty of character, with the lightest touch of wood to keep it serious. The Syrah is deep, dark and interesting with plenty of liquorice and black cherries, even a grape or two, and the Cabernet is full of deep dark fruit with some spice which comes from the 18 months it has spent in French oak barrels.
But don’t take my word for it—get there and experience it for yourself—you will love it.