Restaurant Mosaic’s magnificent wine cellar to go on sale

In November 2020, Restaurant Mosaic announced that it will be closing its doors at the end of March this year.

The restaurant, which has won numerous awards, both locally and internationally has been dazzling its guests for the last 15 years under the leadership of chef Chantal Dartnall with her botanical cuisine. But it’s not only the food that attracted customers to the Elandsfontein location. Restaurant Mosaic won the La Liste Award for the Best Wine List in the World in 2019 and a prestigious Grand Award from Wine Spectator in 2021 (the fourth year in a row).

Needless to say, the wine cellar is something truly special and cellar master Cobus du Plessis and sommelier Moses Magwaza have announced that the contents thereof will be available for purchase from 29 March 2021.

Cobus says: “A huge part of the cellar’s reputation comes from the fact that we visited every farm and tasted the wines under the guidance of the winemakers.”

Every one of the labels in the collection (there are more than 85 000 bottles!) was selected with care as the Mosaic team travelled to farms across Europe and South Africa. Du Plessis’s team ensured that each bottle was appropriately transported: the cold chain managed the consignment until it was delivered to the safety of the Mosaic cellar. Some of the wines come directly from the most admired estates in France: vintages of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti stretching over three decades, or aged Bordeaux from the likes of Petrus, Château Latour, Château Lafite Rothschild and Château d’Yquem.

The cellar also holds celebrated South African wines: over 25 vintages of Klein Constantia’s iconic Vin de Constance as well as some of the country’s most sought-after wine farms – Sadie Family Vineyards, Boekenhoutskloof and Mullineux.

Mari Dartnall, the general manager of The Orient says: “We have been overwhelmed with requests … so many people want to dine at Mosaic one last time. Purchasing wine from the cellar is a chance for patrons to retain a part of the Mosaic experience.”

Mosaic stalwart sommelier Moses Magwaza, who won the Eat Out Wine Service Award in 2017, will stay on to help manage the progressive sale of the collection. This will take place over a period of three to five years: a slow release of wines, to ensure attentiveness to the dynamics of both the local and international wine markets.

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