Went to Stuyvesant’s House in Crows Nest last month, the food was decent but the cellar is incredible – it runs the length of the restaurant underground and contains about 10,000 bottles, including many of the most expensive wines in the world. Highlight of the night was getting a tour of the cellar (and we drank some pretty decent wine as well).
Apparently they also have a warehouse filled with wine and the restaurant cellar is described as “merely the tip of the iceberg”! Winning the lottery and raiding the cellar is now a priority.
1982 Seppelt Show Reserve Sparkling Shiraz – Red cherries, earth, vanilla and spice. Palate has retained its vitality with good length and some sweet, lingering fruit. Drinking well nice with a lovely balance of complexity and freshness. 93/100
1982 Ramonet Bienvenues Batard-Montrachet – Pretty closed initially, but opened with time in the glass to show honey and wax with peaches on the nose. Unfortunately the palate is a bit tired, some early richness but it fades into acid in the mid-palate. Interesting but not amazing. 87/100
1971 Faiveley Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru – Strongly earth driven nose with some tobacco and cherry. Light red fruits on the palate. Good length and carry with fine balance. 91/100
1990 La Mission Haut Brion – Quite primary with ripe raspberry and blackcurrant, ash and black pepper. Smooth, luscious palate. Great richness and intensity with balance coming from the excellent structure. Silky and pure, delicious. 94/100