Signal Restaurant & DoolhofTasting Menu

Doolhof Wine Estate – The Valley of the Labyrinth

After another successful month of food and wine pairings, Signal Restaurant is now partnering with DOOLHOF WINES, from the Bovlei Valley in Wellington.

If you, like me, wondered what ‘Doolhof’ meant, it is actually the Afrikaans word for Labyrinth a structure where one meanders on a single pathway to the centre and back out again, often in meditation. When Settlers first saw the area in the early 18th Century they noted the many hills and valleys and fittingly called it ‘Doolhof’. And today, in keeping with the labyrinthine topography, Doolhof has positioned its vines to make the most of the varying micro-climates and terroirs, thereby constantly ensuring top class wines.

Between now and mid-July, Signal Restaurant is serving up a 5 course meat and vegetarian Tasting Menu, each of which has been intricately designed around these wines.

We begin with the citrus-cured salmon and a cucumber panna cotta, perfectly paired with the Doolhof Sauvignon Blanc 2013. The wine has lively tropical notes with underlying figs, a crisp acidity and a fresh and lingering finish.

Steamed mussels, white wine veloute and saffron aioli is served with one of the Legends of the Labyrinth, the Lady In White 2010 – a wine with elegant citrus notes and subtle oaking.

The Doolhof Malbec 2011, with its black cherry, eucalyptus, fynbos and sandal wood flavours is served with braised lamb shoulder kromeski, glazed prunes, confit garlic and cauliflower puree.

Following on the heels of the Malbec, we serve another Legend of the Labyrinth – the 1712 Jacques Potier 2009. This red blend is perfect with the grilled springbok loin and cardamom-scented sweet potato puree, foie gras and beetroot jus.

Signal takes a different approach to most food and wine pairings – we don’t believe a sweet wine should necessarily be served at the end of a meal. And this month is no exception – the gorgonzola, blue cheese mousse, apricot pate de fruit, blackberry gel and salted walnut truffles is a fabulous combination of flavours for the Doolhof Cabernet Franc 2009,an elegant wine perfumed with blackcurrants, violets, pencil shavings and graphite.

The Doolhof Tasting Menu runs from mid-May until mid-July and both can be paired with or without wines.
Meat Tasting Menu: R695 with wine/R495 without & Vegetarian Tasting Menu: R655 with wine/R455 without.

To book contact Signal Restaurant on 021 410 7080 or email

Blog post and food picture by Mandy Rutherford

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