COCKTAIL, CHAMPAGNE & WINE MENU COCKTAIL BEFORE DINNER MENU Caipirinha R 45 This traditional Brazilian drink is the connoisseur's cocktail of choice. Made with cachaça rum, fresh lime and sugar, built over crushed ice. Cosmopolitan R 45 With a much disputed list of originators, the ‘cosmo’ is the granddaughter of an evolution of drinks that began with vodka and gin in the 1950s and ’60s. Vodka, cranberry juice, Triple Sec, fresh lime juice and orange zest. Frozen Strawberry Daiquirí R 40 This cocktail was supposedly invented around 1905 in a bar named Venus in Santiago by a group of American mining engineers, although the basic recipe is also extremely similar to what British sailors drank aboard ship from the 1740s onwards. Mixed with rum, lime juice and crushed ice - a fabulously refreshing summer drink. Kir Royal R 55 A classic French cocktail made with a measure of crème de cassis (blackcurrant liquor) topped up with sparkling white wine. Dry Martini R 35 The preferred cocktail of some of the worlds’ greats. Ernest Hemingway, Winston Churchill, Alfred Hitchcock and even Clark Gable. Vodka or gin, dry vermouth and finished with an olive or twist. As you like it, shaken or stirred. Mojito R 40 One of the more famous rum-based highballs which originated in Cuba, although the exact origin of this classic cocktail is the subject of much debate. One story traces the Mojito to a similar 16th century drink, ‘El Draque’, in honour of Sir Francis Drake. We’ll leave it there, that one’s good enough for us! Rum, fresh lemon, lime, sugar and lots of mint. French Martini R 48 What’s so French about the French Martini? Plenty! The key ingredient in this cocktail is that wonderful raspberry liqueur, Chambord, which was introduced to King Louis XIV in the 17th century during one of his visits to the Chateau de Chambord. And they’ve been making it ever since! Vodka, the good stuff and fresh pineapple juice. Magnifique! The Opal Chill R 50 The Opal Lounge’s very popular signature cocktail. Seriously, some folks pop in just to enjoy a glass or two of this champagne and lemon sorbet nectar, topped off with just enough vodka to round it off nicely. AFTER DINNER Kahlua Cup R 45 A smooth and dreamy after dinner night cap. Crème de cacao, Kahlua and vanilla ice cream. Bliss! Grasshopper R 35 A wonderful light and smooth finish to the night. Crème de Menthe, crème de cacao and cream, with a chocolate to finish. The Grasshopper reputedly originated at Tujague's, a land- mark bar in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana, and gained popularity during the 1950s and 1960s throughout the American South. CHAMPAGNE & WINE MENU Veuve Clicquot (widow of François Clicquot), one of the most impressive businesswomen of modern times, played an important role in establishing champagne as a favoured drink of haute bourgeoisie and nobility throughout Europe. Established in 1772, it holds a royal warrant of Queen Elizabeth II. Much like the mission of this restaurant, Madame Clicquot’s motto ‘only one quality, the finest’, led Veuve Clicquot to become one of the most respected champagne houses around the world. Veuve Clicquot, Yellow label 800 Veuve Clicquot, Gold label 1 200 Veuve Clicquot, Rosé 975 Founded in 1829, Champagne Bollinger introduced the world to an instantly recognizable, dry, toasty style that connoisseurs around the globe covet. Six generations of the Bollinger family have maintained the trademark style of their namesake champagne, and it is one of a few remaining Grande Marque houses owned, controlled and managed by the same family since its founding. ‘I drink my champagne when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it – unless I’m thirsty.’ Madame Jacques Bollinger, Daily Mail, London, 17th October 1961 Bollinger, Brut, NV 860 Rounded, full flavoured and intense. From meticulous grape selection, through the birth of the wine in small oak casks, to the intricate process of “assemblage”, followed by long years of aging in the cellars, Krug champagne is the culmination of painstaking care and unrivalled craftsmanship. The result is a taste that is instantly identifiable and utterly unforgettable – a breathtaking abundance of flavours, an extraordinary contrast of richness and power, freshness and finesse. Not only is Krug a personal favourite of experts and connoisseurs, it is regarded the world over as the ultimate expression of discernment and individuality. And as a favourite of the owner of The Opal Lounge, it epitomises everything this restaurant stands for. Krug, Grande Cuvée, N/V 1 800 Established in 1743 by Claude Moët, Moët et Chandon is one of the world's largest champagne producers and a prominent champagne house. It boasts an illustrious history, having wined and dined Napoleon and his entourage, which made Claude Moët the most famous wine-maker in the world. It today owns more than 1,000 hectares (2,500 acres) of vineyards, and annually produces approximately 26,000,000 bottles of champagne! Moet Brut 650 Distinction and elegance. Pol Roger is the “gentlemen’s” champagne, as Jean-Paul Kauffman wrote in ‘Voyage en Champagne’. It is not surprising therefore that Sir Winston Churchill and even the British Royal family should have made it their favourite over the years. The winery and the cellars are located on the celebrated and noble Avenue de Champagne in Epernay, in the very place where the heart of champagne beats. The purity and nobility of Pol Roger Champagne is also the fruit of the know-how and expertise passed down from generation to generation. In its 150 year history, Pol Roger has carved out one of the most flattering reputations in the select world of leading champagne brands. It is classed as one of the smallest of the great champagne houses in terms of quantity, but amongst the greatest in terms of prestige and quality. Pol Roger 800 per Méthode Cap Classique glass Villiera, Monro Brut, Stellenbosch 195 DECANTER Magazine Wine Awards, 2009, Bronze Medal Rich, creamy, yeasty nose, with a full, ripe toasty flavour on the middle palate developing finesse and complexity on the aftertaste. Pierre Jourdan, Blanc de Blancs, Franschhoek 245 75 The wine displays a fresh lime character, accentuated by the vanilla flavours of the Argonne Oak. The colour is creamy yellow with a piercing mousse. Pierre Jourdan, Cuvée Bella Rosé, Franschhoek 235 Belle Rosé has the faintest tinge of salmon pink, a lively presentation of Pinot Noir flavours, a pleasing fine mousse and it reveals an elegant dry finish. The discreet blush of Belle Rose is emphasized in the name the "beautiful rose". Eikendal, Brut, 2008, Somerset West 125 40 A blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Fresh, green apple, grass and earthy aromas (sauvignon blanc) with some tropical fruit flavours added in (chardonnay). Rosé Wine Niel Joubert, Shiraz Rosé, 2009, Paarl 115 35 Strawberry dominates the nose with some red cherry notes. Fresh and fruity in the mouth with a dry, soft finish. Attractive, easy drinking rosé. Haute Cabriere, Pinot Noir Chardonnay, 2009, Franschhoek 165 Healthy fruit is exhibited clearly in its vitality and intensity, with a slightly crisp acidity. Red Wine Pinotage Pinotage is a uniquely South African grape variety. It is the result of a cross between the Pinot Noir and Cinsault varieties. This red wine grape was bred in 1925, but Pinotage was largely ignored until 1961. It wasn't until a 1959 vintage Pinotage won the Grand Championship at the Cape Young Wine Show, (South Africa's long-running wine competition), that it became popular. Ken Forrester, Petit Pinotage 2009, Stellenbosch 95 Huge dollops of ripe mulberry and cherry fruit on the nose. Juicy, accessible, soft and rich on the palate, with a delicious fruit concentration. Diemersfontein, 2009, Wellington 155 50 The original coffee chocolate Pinotage. It is praised for its easy accessibility, its uniqueness, its wonderful rich coffee, smokey overtones on the nose - and yet the preservation of voluptuous fruit along with spicy, cinnamon and chocolaty notes on the palate. The perfect intro- duction to Pinotage for the uninitiated. Diemersfontein, Carpe Dieme , 2007, Wellington 235 Cherries, blueberries with sweet vanilla, caramelised banana and dark chocolate undertones. Matured in new French and American oak barrels. Kanonkop, 2007, Stellenbosch 395 Matured in French Nevers barrels, this full-bodied wine has a deep ruby colour exuding the fla- vours of red and black berries, raspberry, plum and hints of banana. Blends The art of blending wine has been practiced for over 500 years. It is evolved genius – to blend wine made from different grapes in order to add more complexity to the flavour and texture of a wine, or blend wines made in different vintages to balance out the flavour characteristics. Some of our blends are made from classic recipes handed down from generation to generation, whilst other vintners have created brand new blends in an attempt to produce a new and exciting wine that has flavour characteristics like nothing else on the market. Eikendal, Classique, 2006, Somerset West 255 Eikendal Classique is an elegant, well-balanced Bordeaux style blend. Marvellous full flavours are entwined throughout, with strains of oak, spice, chocolate, tobacco and mint, all leading to a very smooth finish. It shows a rich, well-structured body, and fine tannins. Rupert & Rothschild, Classique, 2007, Simondium 195 Ripe, rich fruit impressions interspersed with nuances of cassis, blueberry and forest floor notes, following through on the palate. Well rounded with abundant youthful tannins. Bouchard Finlayson, Hannibal, 2007, Walker Bay 295 Hannibal is the name depicting a unique blend which took 12 years to bring to fruition. The wine is aro- matic and seductive, marginally tight with enveloping scents which follow through mixed herb and berry character. Rust & Vrede Estate, 2004, Stellenbosch 435 Heavy savoury oak aromas combined with pencil shavings and hints of dark fruits, plum and cassis. This wine shows great structure and balance. Initial Cabernet Sauvignon characteristics are followed up with a spicy finish from the Shiraz. Meerlust, Rubicon, 2005, Stellenbosch 395 Long recognized for producing world-class wines, Meerlust Estate has been the pride of the Myburgh family since 1756. Intense, opaque dark purple core with slight gradation to a bright magenta rim. The nose is complex with rich cassis and plum fruit, a pronounced muskiness, with hints of star anise, creamy oak and lifted graphite and cedar aromas. The palate is rich and well structured with dense black fruit and linear, satin tannins. Warwick, ‘Three Cape Ladies’, 2006, Stellenbosch 225 This vintage shows great ripe red and black berry flavours on the nose with a hint of mocha. The Pinotage is soft and sweet while the Merlot and Shiraz offers a subtle spiciness. The Cabernet Sauvi- gnon is the backbone of the blend with well balanced, smooth tannins. Full on the palate with good length on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon is arguably the most noble of all black grape varieties and the most widely cultivated. Found mostly at the Cape in South Africa, the small and tough-skinned Cabernet Sauvignon grapes - some- times blended with Merlot or Cabernet Franc, produce deeply coloured wine and age into some of the best peppery reds, which display a complex range of dark cherry, cedar, and black currant flavours. Villiera, 2007, Stellenbosch 125 40 Blackberry, herbs and earth. Medium-bodied soft palate. Webersburg, 2003, Stellenbosch 195 Mature Cedar, blueberry and violets on the nose. Refined and savoury palate. Thelema, 2006, Stellenbosch 305 Complex and stylish, with bags of ripe black fruit and coffee flavours. This wine is bone dry, yet exhibits a lovely sweet character on the palate, with some eucalyptus notes. The finish is long and firm. Pinot Noir Pinot wines are among the most popular in the world. It has been described as "the most romantic of wines, with so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, and so powerful a punch that, like falling in love, they make the blood run hot and the soul wax embarrassingly poetic." The tremendously broad range of bouquets, flavours, textures and impressions that Pinot Noir can produce sometimes confuses tasters. In the broadest terms, the wine tends to be of light to medium body with an aroma reminiscent of black cherry, raspberry or currant. It is also used in the production of champagne. Catherine Marshall, 2009, Stellenbosch 255 75 This Pinot expresses complex layers of black cherry and dark chocolate, supported by a mineral line of fine textured oak tannins. Bouchard Finlayson, Galpin Peak, 2008, Walker Bay 375 DECANTER South African Pinot Noir 2009 trophy winner. Deftly balanced, dark-coloured with rich plum and pretty floral, fruity aromatics. Luscious tannins which call one back into the glass – very appealing on the polished after taste! Hamilton Russell, 2007, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley 420 Trophy for Best Pinot noir in the World - International Wine & Spirit Competition Highest scoring South African Pinot noir ever - Wine Spectator Rated ‘The most Desirable Wine in South Africa’ by readers of Wine Magazine A rich Pinot Noir, not overtly fruity, soft and “sweet” with a dark, spicy, complex primary fruit per- fume. Meerlust, 2008, Stellenbosch 295 Deep opaque ruby colour with a garnet rim. Exuberant floral and musky nose with hints of violets, cherries and baking spice. The palate is youthful with bright acidity, juicy red fruit flavours and silky, supple tannins, giving the wine a good length. Merlot Merlot is a red wine grape that is used as both a blending grape and for varietal wines. Merlot-based wines usually have medium body with hints of berry, plum, and currant. Its softness and "fleshiness", combined with its earlier ripening, makes Merlot a popular grape for blending with the sterner, later-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon, which tends to be higher in tannin. Groote Post, 2008, Darling 155 A hint of smoked beef and mint on the nose. An explosion of blackberries, plum and chocolate on the palate. Eikendal, 2007, Somerset West 175 50 Attractive nose that reminds of violets, plums and the flavours of spice. A beautiful deep red colour is accompanied by aromas of black cherries, dark plums and boysenberries. Steenberg, 2007, Constantia 245 Black and red berry intensity with a long, full finish. Veenwouden Private Cellar, 2006, Paarl 385 Michelangelo Silver Medal Award 2009 IWC Gold Medal Winner 2010 A saturated dense purple colour, this wine exhibits black cherry, raspberry, dark chocolate and a hint of roasted coffee. Palate is full and complex. Meerlust, 2006, Stellenbosch 355 Deep, youthful purple colour with a ruby rim. A typical Merlot nose with juicy plum and mulberry fruit, lifted spiciness and hints of dark chocolate and ink. Shiraz Shiraz is a noble variety of French origin. Better known as Syrah elsewhere, it is a dark-skinned grape grown throughout the world and used primarily to produce powerful, deep purple smoky and spicy red wines. Some see this variety as the "great hope" for South African wines. Groote Post, 2008, Darling 215 Cherries, pepper and spice. Palate is rounded off by elegant vanilla & ripe tannins. Eikendal, 2005, Somerset West 165 50 Complex aromas of roast meats, bacon, tar, prunes, plums and blackberries with hints of aniseed, mint, earth and exotic spices. Neil Joubert, 2006, Paarl 125 Fine, ground white pepper aromas, with whiffs of red fruit and vanilla. Thelema, 2005, Stellenbosch 285 Rich and robust, this exuberant charmer shows ripe black fruit and spice, with a lovely toasty finish. Full bodied. White Wine Sauvignon Blanc South Africa now produces wines that truly reflect the rich diversity of our abundant homeland, imparting distinct and highly individualistic flavours. Nowhere is this more predominant than in our Sauvignon Blancs, where one from Robertson tastes completely different to an Elgin, Durbanville or Cederberg bottling. Its typical varietal aroma is characterised by different nuances, described as grassy, green pepper-like, asparagus-like, herbaceous, fig, gooseberry and tropical fruits. Considering it has only been produced in South Africa on a significant scale since the 1980s, is one of the most important white varieties in our country. Springfield, Life from Stone, 2009, Robertson 155 Acclaimed as one of the best white wine years especially for Sauvignon Blanc, 2009 has produced some excellent wines. This wine is no exception. Brilliant greenish in appearance, this is a dramatic wine full of ripe red peppers and passion fruit. Pecan Stream, 2009, Stellenbosch 95 30 Aromas of ripe gooseberries, tropical fruits and green asparagus. Nose hints of fresh cut grass. Very crisp minerality finish to it; full mouth-feel. Eikendal, 2009, Somerset West 130 Aromas of lemon, lime, gooseberry, grapefruit and granny smith apples, with zesty herbal notes. Thelema, 2009, Stellenbosch 155 Lovely fresh melon and grapefruit flavours, with a full, grassy palate, all in perfect balance. Steenberg, 2009, Constantia 175 Fresh, crisp and flinty characteristics of grass, green peppers with incredible length. Mulderbosch, 2008, Stellenbosch 190 A tropical nose packed with guava, green fig, granadilla and a hint of floral - yet still maintaining a complex character of nettle and freshly cut grass. The mouth-filling ripe fruit is supported by crisp acid. Bouchard Finlayson, 2009, Walker Bay 160 50 Full and firm on the palate with a strong fruit melange, dominant in guava, pear, blueberry and citrus. Chardonnay Chardonnay is the world's most popular white wine grape and one of the few grapes in the world that does not require blending. It is a highly complex, aromatic grape, complete and balanced enough in flavour to stand beautifully on its own. Flavours can be described as buttery, creamy, nutty, smoky and steely. Fruits often noted in the wines are apples, lemon and melon. It can be produced in both a wooded and an unwooded style. Eikendal, 2008, Somerset West 145 45 Gold Medal Veritas Rich, fresh, lemony, vanilla and toasty oak flavours. Mulderbosch, 2007, Stellenbosch 180 Crisp fresh pear, citrus, almonds, green apple, litchi and melon flavours with integrated oak vanillin. Meerlust, 2008, Stellenbosch 255 Very youthful, vivid and with a brilliant bright platinum colour and pronounced green hue. Complex nose with citrus fruit, green apple and cream flavours, becoming creamy and nutty with a delicious bouquet of marzipan, halva and oatmeal. On the palate the wine is full bodied and generous, but still balanced by crispy acidity. Bouchard Finlayson, Sans Barrique Unwooded, 2008, Walker Bay 190 Selected for inclusion in the list of top South African wines - 2010 international Wine Spectator magazine. Bright, fruity and lean with green apple and citrus flavours which are enriched by guava and honeysuckle tones. Hamilton Russell, 2008, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley 395 Gold Medal Winner - Decanter World Wine Awards Gold Medal Winner - Classic Wine Trophy Awards. Awarded 5 stars - WINE magazine Rated one of the top 20 Chardonnay’s in the world - Harpers UK Hamilton Russell Chardonnay is widely regarded as the best in South Africa and among the best in the World. A tight, minerally wine with classic Hamilton Russell length and complexity. A prominent core of intense pear fruit aromas and flavours. An elegant, yet textured wine. Chenin Blanc It's a little known fact, but a fact all the same, that South African Chenin Blanc wines are among the world's finest. Chenin Blanc has a long history, with Jan Van Riebeeck first introducing the vines to the Cape in 1655. These wines have seductive fresh fruit and delicate floral aromas and a host of fruit salad flavours, some- times apple or melon, apricot, guava and pineapple, all backed by firm, crisp, natural acidity that make Chenin Blanc wines so perfectly balanced. Rudera, ‘Robusto’, 2008, Stellenbosch 195 ‘Robusto’ is a bold wine for those who appreciate a richer, full-bodied style of Chenin Blanc. Quince and grapefruit bouquet with fresh fruit salad and pineapple on the nose following through on the pal- ate. Groote Post, 2009, Darling 115 35 2009 Michelangelo International Wine Awards - Silver medal From the only bush vines on the farm, a bright, full style with its ever-present tropical fruit and green apple flavours. A very good length and body for this vintage.