We dream, we cook, we travel, we eat well and invite you to join us. This is the introduction one can find on the Hemelhuijs website, yet few have ever described the Gouws way of life more concisely. Ezanne was strolling up Waterkant street in Cape Town when she noticed the interior design of a restaurant that was so inspiring she could not dare pass it. Entering the Hemelhuijs, she was immediately swept away by the beauty of the hand-made homeware that decorates the walls, the sense of awe that resonates through the plates that passed her, and the service that carried it. Having an eye not only for design, but also for business, she immediately introduced our copper-foiled labels to the ever-smiling Elizna and the rest of it is history; they’ve been both customers and friends of ours ever since.
Our pairing of the month is the Ernst Gouws & Co Chardonnay 2016 and Hemelhuijs homemade potato rösti with crème fraiche, soft poached free-range eggs and bacon. This might seem unusual, but that’s only if you are opposed to having wine for breakfast. Or rather wine with breakfast, as Hemelhuijs serves theirs all day. A favourite of Ernst jnr. when he’s out in Cape Town doing trade visits, he describes the partnership as follows:
“Our Chardonnay is what I describe as lightly-oaked – it’s right in between those old, heavily buttered wines and the unwooded ones that are currently so popular. The wood has basically just rounded off the wine’s natural acidity, leaving you with that soft mouthfeel and lots of fruit. The wine works incredibly well with the potato rösti, because the crème fraiche further balances out the wine’s acidity and the dish’s general creaminess enhances the fruit component even more. It’s really a match made in heaven.”