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Esona Boutique Wine Estate Roberston South Africa Buy Wine Online Shop Viognier 2022

Viognier

This luscious Viognier, with its notes of blooming white flowers and ripe peaches, pairs harmoniously with roasted chicken with apricot glaze, allowing the wine’s velvety texture to shine.

Additionally, the hints of vanilla and stone fruit in the Viognier are wonderfully accentuated when coupled with a rich lobster bisque, delivering an explosion of creamy flavors that dance on the palate, making every bite and sip an indulgent symphony.

 

Esona Boutique Wine Estate Roberston South Africa Buy Wine Online Shop Pinot Grigio 2022

Pinot Grigio

The refreshing zest of this Pinot Grigio complements dishes like grilled sea bass with lemon herb dressing. Its bright citrus and green apple undertones uplift the dish, enhancing the freshness of the fish.

Paired with a zesty Caesar salad, the wine’s crisp nature shines through, intertwining with the tangy Caesar dressing to create a harmonious balance that both refreshes and satiates.

Esona Boutique Wine Estate Roberston South Africa Buy Wine Online Shop Sangiovese 2022

Sangiovese

With its robust flavors of cherries and leather, the Sangiovese perfectly accompanies a slow-cooked beef ragu, allowing the wine’s complexity to meld seamlessly with the deep, savory notes of the sauce.

Additionally, when paired with a hearty mushroom risotto, the Sangiovese accentuates the earthy flavors, creating a gustatory experience where the creaminess of the risotto is elevated by the wine’s robust character and lingering finish.

ESONA CHARDONNAY 2018

Chardonnay

Perfect with light and delicate food such as raw and lightly cooked shellfish like crab and prawns, steamed or grilled fish, fish pâtés, fish, chicken or vegetable terrines and pasta or risotto with spring vegetables.

Chardonnay also goes well with creamy vegetable soups, can take on sushi and sashimi or delicately spiced fish or salads, and is particularly good with oysters.

ESONA SAUVIGNON BLANC 2019

Sauvignon Blanc

Pair with simple, barely seasoned ingredients such as raw and lightly cooked shellfish like oysters and shell-on prawns, fresh crab and simply grilled fish such as hake.

Sauvignon Blanc is also a good wine match with Japanese dishes such as sushi and sashimi, seafood-based steamed and fried dim sum and smoked salmon, particularly if the smoke is delicate.

ESONA SHIRAZ 2018

Shiraz

Ideal with grilled or roast beef, especially served rare or with a pepper sauce. Serve with a braai, ribs, spicy sausages and smoked brisket in particular. Probably the best way to cook veggies if you’re looking for a vegetarian pairing. Big beefy stews such as ox cheek especially ones cooked in wine or with a touch of smoky spice like a chilli. Roast or grilled lamb, as well as venison.

Serve socially with strong hard cheeses, especially cheddar. With its sweetness it can also handle a mellow blue.

ESONA CHENIN BLANC 2019

Chenin Blanc

Chenin Blanc can suit almost anything with a creamy sauce – a good fish pie, for example, or chicken with a cream and mushroom sauce, richer fish dishes such as salmon en croute, scallops, lobster, roast chicken. roast pork belly, especially with apple sauce, roast root vegetables such as carrots, parsnips and sweet potatoes and roast butternut squash.

ESONA PINOT NOIR 2017

Pinot Noir

Pair this silky Pinot Noir with roast chicken or guineafowl (even with lots of garlic), or rack of lamb, served pink. Rare fillet steak and carpaccio, beef wellington, roast pork with herbs and fennel, chicken sausages, liver, sweetbreads, dishes with morels and other wild mushrooms, mushroom risotto, and roast or grillled lobster.

ESONA GRENACHE 2019

Grenache

Grenache wines should be paired with poultry or pork, salmon, trout or barbecue. 

While certain Grenache wines pair very well with Indian food and other types of spicy cuisine, overall, Grenache food pairings can be difficult to get right. That’s because Grenache tends to be low in acid and high in alcohol, with prominent tannins and oak flavours, all of which can overpower lighter dishes. 

ESONA COLOMBAR 2020

Colombar

This widely-planted French white grape variety is common in blends from Bordeaux, California, and South Africa.

High levels of acidity and racy, tangy exotic fruit flavours are great with unfussy dishes, with perhaps none better than traditional fish and chips. With plenty of salt and vinegar, this is a tangy delight and the acidic wine will be on hand to clean your palate.

ESONA MOURVERDE 2021

Mourvédre 2021

For a sensory delight, indulge in the captivating aromas of leather, game, and truffle found in our wines. Complemented by the palate-pleasing flavors of brambly berries, leathery textures, earthy notes, accented with hints of vanilla bean, and chocolate.

Pair these distinctive characteristics with culinary delights such as hearty game stews, slow-braised red meat dishes, succulent grilled red meat, or the richness of duck and goose. Each bite harmonizes with the complex flavors of our wines, creating an unforgettable dining experience.

After You Get What You Want You Don’t Want It by Irving Berlin
ESONA STORIES

STORIES - Red Blend

Compared to most white wines, any red wine is bolder and more powerful on the palate, meaning that meat and fuller dishes are ideal.

This red blend will go perfectly with steak or lamb, as well as can complement meals from pasta to Mexican food. 

ESONA FRANKLY MY DEAR ROSE 2019

Frankly My Dear (Rosé)

Perfect with light salads, light pasta and rice dishes, especially with seafood, raw and lightly cooked shellfish and grilled fish and goats’ cheeses.

Drink with serious seafood such as lobster, seared salmon, tuna or duck and delicately cooked rare lamb.

Perfect for hot weather drinking on Summer days, socially or alone.

ESONA METHODE CAP CLASSIQUE WINE SOUTH AFRICA ROBERTSON TULIP

The Tulip - Cap Classique 2018 (Our Flower Collection)

Delicious, fruity, bright, and fresh. Our Flower Collection, the new Méthode Cap Classique from Esona, was created by hand, from vine to bottle. Unique, personal, elegant, and limited-edition.

The flowers in this Signature Collection include; The Azalea, The Daisy, The Peony, The Lily, The Sunflower, and The Tulip. One Méthode Cap Classique…Six Flowers

The Estate

Unique Wine Experience

Esona’s Old Cellar with its underground fermentation tanks (kuips) takes you back into the former years of winemaking. Many years ago our ancestors used a very different technique to ferment wine and brandy, and it happened right here at Esona.

The story of

The Wine Kuip

In the early days of winemaking, they dug into the ground and built cement cisterns by using river stones found in the Breede River just 200 metres away, using donkeys to carry the stones up the hill. The main reason for building kuips was to provide darkness and consistent temperature.

The cement walls in The Kuip were once rubbed with beeswax, to prevent the wine from seeping into the walls, and ensure the wines are left with their distinct and unique flavours.

Standard Tastings

Two Vintages, music, and art pairing experience (No Booking Required)

Taste The Difference

Wine in Riedel glasses, music, and art pairing experience (Booking Required)

Review Spotlight

A Luxury Travel Blog Review

“Esona has opened up their underground concrete tanks – a long-disused method of storing sweet wine – creating eerily enchanting tasting spaces. Esona’s offering is a multi-sensorial one as music and food are also paired with the wine, while admiring the artwork that flickers in the candlelight around. The tasting also makes use of RIEDEL glasses, demonstrating why using the right glass does make a difference. Afterwards, the elevated deli gives gracious views, seemingly floating above the vineyards themselves.”

Interview by

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The Food

Caryl's Bistro

Our upstairs bistro has a small but enticing menu that focuses on supporting local products for our platters and sandwiches.

It also has a large deck surrounded by vineyards, overlooking the Breede River with views to the mountains. Our standard tastings are done on the deck or inside, in front of our fire on cold days.

The Gifts

Caryl's little Shoppe

Part of The Kuip, Caryl’s little Shoppe has something for everyone, ranging from cordials to olive products, lavender and olives, through to some of Esona’s wines.

VIRTUAL TOUR

Take a tour through the vines and roses to Esona

Where To Find Us

Route R317 between Robertson & Bonnievale

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