The view

 

So refreshing

Halfway up the mountains that overlook the spectacular Franschhoek Valley you will find Haute Cabriere, the home of the von Arnim family. Their bubbles are called Pierre Jourdan, with quite a few different styles, ranging from Brut to the sweeter varieties including one they call Nectar which is a knockout. My favourite is the one they call Belle Rose—not Belle Rosay but Belle Rose as in Beautiful Rose. It has a slight edge so you know you are drinking something special, packed with summer red berry fruit supported by crisp acidity. These wines are the work of Takuan von Arnim, sone of legendary Achim, and he knows a thing or two about delivering the goods—every time. Fabulous with smoked salmon and strawberries—together if you like. Never ending bead follows abundant mousse—heaven to smell.

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