We sat down by the cosy fire, enjoying the heat and meat on the fire, but when the wine popped.

A night or a weekend away is a treat. In winter, you want a cosy fireplace and some tasty home-cooked food. So you wrap yourself in a warm blanket, listening to the night sounds and the flames jumping over the crackling firewood.

Your bottle of wine arrives. The bottle pops, and you see the dark red wine swirling into your glass. Your night has started. Nothing beats a glass of red wine on a winter evening next to the fire.

You settle in for a cosy night enjoying the hospitality of Mr C and the night sounds in the Schoemanville hills in Hartebeespoort dam.


Accommodation in Hartebeespoort Dam

Harties offer accommodation all along the dam. Your options are limitless. 

If you decide to stay at Mr C, this is what is waiting for you. The clean, modern guest suites feature luxury touches with a king-size bed, private balcony, air-conditioning, and free wifi. In addition, the suite comes equipped with tea and coffee-making facilities, a minibar, and a television.  

Your private guest suite has spectacular views overlooking the Hartbeespoort Dam. 

If you step out of your room, Mr C has braai facilities, heated swimming pools and deck, access to a selection of vintage arcade games and pinball machine with safe on-site parking and private entrance.

The retro pinball and arcade games are unique to Mr C. Play a bit of pinball while you listen to Johhny Cash and Elvis mellow tunes from the bar. The bar at Mr C offers a wide variety of cocktails for the adventurous and all the beers, wine and spirit combinations you expect.

The menu at Mr C offers a tasty braai meal and many more tasty dishes to choose from on the menu. The breakfast is delicious to enjoy in the morning sun on the deck.

The staff is friendly and on-call to assist with your needs while you stay at Mr C.


Mr C Wine Chat

This week the featured wine is Cabernet Sauvignon.


Cabernet Sauvignon Wine grape

Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the world's most widely recognized red wine grape varieties. Cabernet Sauvignon is grown in nearly every major wine-producing country. The grape varietal originates from France with a dark berry skin colour and full-bodied red wine flavours. The nose of the wine produces mint, black pepper, and berries.

Taste and Flavor Profile 0f Cabernet Sauvignon

The aromatic and flavour components found in cabernet sauvignon are dark fruits like black cherry, blackberry, warm spice, vanilla, and black pepper. Sometimes you can whiff aromas of tobacco and leather in the wine.

Cabernet Sauvignon Shelf life

Cabernet Sauvignon, with its tannins, are among the best-ageing red wines. A Cabernet Sauvignon bottle will age well for seven to ten years and more.

Six of the best pairings for Cabernet Sauvignon wine

  1. Steak. Steak is the obvious pairing with Cabernet Sauvignon but also the best pairing.
  2. A good burger. The beef will have similarities to a steak that will pair well with your wine.
  3. You can pair almost all beef dishes with a Cabernet Sauvignon red wine. Beef dishes like short ribs, 

             Slow-cooked beef meals and venison cooked in red wine are perfect to pair.
        4. Roasted or grilled lamb is a must pairing.

  1. Portabello mushrooms.
  2. Cheese. Aged cheddar cheese, gouda, pecorino-style cheese is also a winner.

One way to tame Cabernet's firm tannins is to serve it with a suitable dish. Beef is a well-loved match with Cabernet Sauvignon. The same goes for pairings with cheddar and other hard kinds of cheese. The fat in the meat and the cheese softens the tannins in the wine and lifts its fruit flavours.

Cabernet Sauvignon History

Cabernet Sauvignon is a variety that produces the world's most famous and expensive red wines. As a result, it is the easy go-to wine for many red wine drinkers.

Cabernet Sauvignon, because of its structure and character, shows a remarkable ability to age. 

How do Cabernet Sauvignon wines achieve it? 

The tannins, acidity, and plenty of colours are the grape's qualities contributing to ageing potential. 
Younger wines show volatile characteristics, but that does not mean that you can't drink young Cabernet Sauvignon wines. The wine is good for ageing, but younger wines will be fresh and fruity.

Your red wine of choice

Cabernet Sauvignon is the grape for you if you want a firm, chunky, full berry flavoured red wine. If you wait, the grape develops over time in the bottle.

Cabernet Sauvignon often delivers tastes of blackcurrant and green pepper. In addition, the oak barrels liven characters of vanilla, cedarwood and coffee bean in the wine.

In the New World wine regions, like South Africa, Cabernet Sauvignon is a solo variety. In France, Cabernet Sauvignon winemakers blend the wine with other red varietals.

Bordeaux in France is the grape's most celebrated region. You can buy Cabernet Sauvignon from the United States, Bulgaria, Chile, South Africa and the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France, New Zealand, Spain, Romania, Portugal, Uruguay, Italy, Argentina and more.

According to masters of wine like Tim Atkin, South Africa, is starting to produce top-quality Cabernet Sauvignon wines.

Look out for South African Cabernet Sauvignon wine producers like Le Riche, Waterford, Boehenhoutskloof, Stark-Condé and Rustenberg in South Africa.

 In South Africa, Pinotage is blended into a selected Cabernet Sauvignon winemakers brands, creating an exciting variation on the Bordeaux blueprint.

The Bordeaux blends from France are the iconic blueprint wines sold for thousands of euro's and not easily approachable for the daily wine lover.

You might not afford Château Margaux, but it doesn't matter. There are still plenty of stunning affordable wines in South Africa.


Specials in Hartebeespoort Dam at Mr C

Thank you for your interest in Mr C Harties. 
Mr C wants to share the love this winter.

Winter -15% DISCOUNT for stays in May
Promo code: MisterC15

Contact Mr C Harties today for more information or to book your special stay.

Tel: +27 65 843 5238
E-mail: info@misterc.co.za

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