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We had lunch at the lovely Diemersfontein Wine Estate in Wellington on 19th April 2010. We were returning after a lovely lunch in January but left disappointed.

The restaurant is very comfortable and we had a lovely view over the lake and the vineyards beyond. We had lovely service from Chrizelle and Soraya.

We had fond memories of the unusual springroll starters they do. The springrolls on offer were minced beef. The curry chutney and raita were tasty but were needed to make the springrolls interesting. Tibby had the green curry but found the uniform sized chicken pieces too reminiscent of processed chicken (which they almost certainly were not). I had the Oxtail which had a tasty Pinotage sauce and a lovely white bean casserole. However, the golden rule, of long slow cooked Oxtail, had not been adhered to and so I battled to get the meat off the bone. We were so disappointed because our previous visit had been so successful.

We found the Diemersfontein Carpe Diem Viognier 2008 to be a fruity easy drinking wine (5/10) and thought that the Diemersfontein Pinotage 2008 tasted great on the palate and lasted well (6/10).

Janine explained to us that the Thokozani Range was the estate’s BEE (Black Economic Empowerment) range with all the employees being shareholders and collectively owning 30%. They offer accommodation and conferences on the estate and produce three wines from the estate’s normal vineyards. These are clearly intended to be affordable easy drinking wines which we found to be the case with the Chenin/Chardonnay/Viognier 2009 (4/10) and the Rose 2009 (4/10). The Shiraz/Mourvedre/Viognier (3/10) was slightly disappointing.

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