Nestled in Devon Vale, Stellenbosch you take the turn on Blumberg Drive taking you up to Kunjani Wines. This little place boasts a huge heart and I cannot help wondering where I should start, doing justice to my experience at Kunjani. First of all, their contemporary look that boasts deep greys and vibrant reds is an oxymoron in itself. The region is known for its established, old, premier wine farms and estates that speaks of yesteryear splendour and luxury and then there is this new kid on the block. Well, THIS kid is not one that should be underestimated.
Walking up the steps you get why they chose the name Kunjani. Their greeting and heartfelt hospitality translates from the first smile at reception, “Hi, How are you?”. Chris and the team quickly showed us (Stefan Schrage @Steffmerlot and Zelda @rhubarb_riesling) around and the decor and setting was a precursor to what was to be expected. Seated outside on the balcony, the surrounding vista flooded our sights with greens, ambers and reds emulating from the small vineyard in front. It’s almost winter after all.
Kunjani’s goal to your dining experience, is to make it a fun dining experience rather than a fine dining experience. Their food is whimsically prepared, tastefully plated and their variety is beautifully selected especially for their patrons. Take note that you can have each order expertly paired with one of the Kunjani wines. Enough with the shilly-shally and let’s talk about the good stuff. Their awesome wine!
We quickly were introduced to lovely baked bread-bites with savoury cream and beetroot-butter. A good entrance to what was to come and I was already salivating. We opted for à la carte dining and I started off with a lovely ensemble of West Coast style fresh Mussels prepared in a fragrant Portuguese sauce. To match this course Kunjani Chenin Blanc 2017 was the perfect companion. Tropical nose of Papaya and Lime that is fruity and fresh.
Main course consisted of a beautifully prepared “Stolen” Chicken Curry. A lovely red curry prepared with chilli & ginger served with fragrant rice, sambals and papadums. The “Stolen Chicken” Pia-noir was the perfect varietal of Rosé, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot, an absolute joy to taste and enjoy with notes of berries and apple. Furthermore the Sauvignon Blanc was not standing back at all with crisp freshness, cucumber and coriander.
Moving over to their prime red selection we enjoyed their ready to drink Shiraz that exhibited remarkable notes of spice, red fruit and plums. My personal favourite you might ask? The Kunjani Red Blend, an easy and multi-dimensional red with 46% Cabernet Franc, 46% Merlot and 8% Malbec. This beautiful blend was my ultimate favourite and it contributed well to the stunning sunset over the mountains and vineyards.
Being a very young winery and only established in November 2017, Kunjani is surprising. Surprising in the way that their wines speak to your palate, their food speak to your eyes but even more so, their story of love, passion and friendship (old and new) that makes every visitor and wine-lover feel they entered a place where they can be at ease, breathe and enjoy. To Pia and Paul, thank you for an experience that will stay imprinted for a long time and Chris for your hospitality that was unmatched and off course. Dear Gracie, who so passionately made our experience around the table one that seriously need to be repeated. To you all, I say: “I am well thank you!”.
PS. Make sure you check out the Kunjani Cottages you can book to make your experience even more memorable.