No rest for the wicked…

From one weekend to the next, you can’t keep Adi down.

In the trade? Keen to try some interesting wines?

Die Spogwjintoer alweer…

Adi Badenhorst from AA Badenhorst Family Wines and Secateurs

Adam Mason from Marvellous

Tyrrel Myburgh from Joostenberg

Beaumont Wines (in the absence of Sebastian)

present a tasting with a difference for trade and other interested punters at the 4&20 Café on Wolfe Street in the fancy part of Wynberg.

Expect unusual blends, barrel samples, lots of unlabelled bottles as well as the usual suspects.

When> Saturday, 15th November

From> 21h30 – late

Where> Four & Twenty Cafe, 23 Wolfe Street Chelsea Wynberg

021 762 0975

NO CHARGE

Bring a buddy

über it.

Lekker.

Here today, gone today!

The Ghost is back!

On Friday night at the annual Swartland Revolution in Riebeek Kasteel, we officially launched our new product, Caperitif.

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Using Caperitif and the amazing products from our friends at Whitley Neill Gin and Fitch and Leedes Tonic water, we re-created some very tasty cocktails for the first time in decades.

Revolutionaries got to choose between four drinks (while some choose to try all four, numerous times)… On the counter stood two jars: Epic Tip Battles of History Jan Smuts vs Barney Barnato.

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I believe oom Jan was winning when our dear friend David pulled over the bar and smashed Barney to pieces on the floor…

The four cocktails? Jan Smuts, Barney Barnato, Cape Cocktail and Cape and Gin. Three of those we adapted from recipes from the age old Savoy Cocktail book, the fourth we kind of made up. But that is a story for another post.

For now we are proud to announce that our latest product is ready to hit the market and will hopefully be in a bar or proper bottle store near you soon!

Baie dankie to:

Danish (yes, contrary to 10 000 misprinted back labels, he is not Norwegian – same same, but different) mixologist Lars Lyndgaard Schmidt who approached Adi early this year with the idea to recreate this illusive ingredient and  returned last week to run the bar.

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Whitley Neil Gin / Fitch and Leeds Tonic and Inverroche Gin for the generous donation of product.

The five Malmesbury men who came to play barmen, all dressed up and ready to shake.

Herman Potgieter who hand painted the rather large and detailed copy of our label on short notice.

Profit from the bar will be used to improve conditions at the Anne Pienaar Memorial School just outside our farm entrance.

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To place orders, please email aabadenhorstwine@gmail.com.

Bootleggers Ball Jol

It is Swartland Revolution week! The fifth annual Revolution weekend kicks off this Friday with lots of exciting things planned, as usual. A first for this year however is the in-house bar.

Friday night’s dinner will be a Bootleggers Ball and after dinner we get to host the exciting launch of our Caperitif in the form of a cash bar (all profits go towards our worthy social development projects).

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Four cocktails that have literally not been made in almost a century, such as The Barney Barnato, The Cape Cocktail and The Jan Smuts (ok, we might have made that one up) are bound to keep the party going.

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All cocktails will be R40, but please note that there are NO ATMs in Riebeek Kasteel at the moment (how quaint!?) so please fill that money clip from last year with some cash money before you depart your big city lives. Alternatively you can use Snapscan… (look at us!)

Lars, the Danish mixologist who contacted us early this year to collaborate to bring this ghost ingredient back to life, is in town and has been playing around with shakers, citrus and lots of interesting ingredients…

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I am so excited… I hope you are all ready!

Niet te intens…

Dutch journalist Hilary Akers met Adi at the Beautiful South tasting in London recently and wrote a little piece on the Secateurs, a big hit in the Netherlands, for the local Financieel Dagblad.

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Lekker.

In other media, in a language not so different from Dutch, Kyle appeared on the Afrikaans Television programme ProntUit to chat about Caperitif last week…

prontuitWhat else?  Everyone is busy with renovations and redecorations on the farm as we are hosting a wedding here this weekend and NEXT WEEK IS REVOLUTION WEEK. Yup, the excitement is here.

See you there? If not, keep an eye on twitter #SR2014 for all the action. Same same but (very) different…

Making history…

imageA while ago we excitedly launched our new product, Caperitif, to friends and family. Today we officially bottled the first 800 bottles of this illusive ghost ingredient since the 1940s.

Exciting times.

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What the hell, I hear you ask… Well,

Caperitif is a fortified wine (in our case bushvine Chenin Blanc) flavoured with various dry ingredients – among others wilde els, kalmoes, fynbos and cape fruit such as peaches and apricots.

Modern versions of the beverage were first produced around the late 18th century. Initially Caperitif was consumed as a medicinal libation until later in the 19th century when it became an important ingredient in many classic cocktails. The famous Savoy Cocktail book, first published in 1930 by the Savoy Hotel, with 750 recipes compiled by Harry Craddock, has remained in print since then and was subsequently republished in 1952, 1965, 1985, 1996 and expanded in 1999. It still contains over 40 recipes with Caperitif as an ingredient even though the product has not been produced for decades.

Caperitif is an aperitif wine and should be served chilled at 6-8°C. It can be served on ice with a slice of citrus fruit or mixed into a cocktail.

Or served with tonic water. Like the Swaan Tonic we just bottled… African Tonic Water.

image_1Tonic Water is on sale now. Comes in case of 24. Contact aabadenhorstwine@gmail.com for prices and orders.

Caperitif will be on sale after it gets launched at the 2014 Swartland Revolution.

Drink crafty local stuff, it is the way to go…