Vineyard internships

If Samuel and Ana thought their holiday internships with the family business was over now that they are back on the farm, they would not have appreciated this morning’s wake up call.

Following the recent rains (hip hip hooray) and with the soils nice and wet, we are planting some new vineyards. Yesterday we started with Grenache and today the kids got their hands and boots dirty to help out.

grenache5

grenache4

grenache3

grenache2

Seems Ana is the only one who didn’t get the “working man’s blue” dress code memo. Rebel that one.

grenache1

Like Adi says, “they are planting vines for their kids, no pressure…”

Once this vineyard is ticked off the list, in the next week or two we will also plant Cinsault, Palomino and some rootstock in-between, for later grafting.

Supplementing the old with the new. Cause one day what is new and young now will be old too…

Vakansie pret

It is currently South African school holidays and Adi, Cornelia, Samuel and Ana went to relax in the Karoo. Cornelia’s mother Annette always organises good wholesome holiday activities for all the cousins.

This winter’s activities so far included pouring at a Caperitif tasting at the Prince Albert Museum, visiting the Reinett house (and the old vine) in Graaff Reinett and early morning tea amongst the agave…

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Sure beats a holiday in front of the TV, I’d say…

World of fine Chenin

Adi doesn’t usually get excited by media attention, ratings or awards…

But on Saturday morning, when we happened to run into each other outside Kooperasie Stories (a beautifully curated antique store on the road between Pniel and Franschhoek), the first thing he said (after handing me a juicebox) was “did you see that Fine Wine article on Chenin?”

So I knew this would be exciting recognition. And it is!

He was referring to the latest issue of The World of Fine Wine – which includes a rare Chenin tasting. A few of our wines (and even two accredited to us incorrectly, sorry Jasper and Keermont…) did well but it is the Secateurs results that got us smiling.

For an entry level wine, retailing under R100 (£12 / $15) to even show up on this list of impressive international wines is quite something. Never mind the 92 points or its position on the list…

As Tim James reports (like just now) “It was, though, above all, a good result for internationally rather unfashionable chenin, with 25 wines out of 37 scoring an average of 89 or more out of 100, meaning “very good” wine on the World of Fine Wine scale (the magazine is one of the more ungenerous scorers, I’d say). Fifteen wines came in the “outstanding” band of 92, 93 and 94 points – eight of them South African, seven French.”

Here are a few (bad quality) screengrabs of scans of the article.

Screen Shot 2018-07-02 at 16.01.52

Screen Shot 2018-07-02 at 16.01.33

Screen Shot 2018-07-02 at 15.59.48Screen Shot 2018-07-02 at 15.58.04

In other news, my gosh has it been raining in the Swartland! We received 80mm of rain in June and 56mm just this weekend (from Friday the 29th till today) and the region is finally looking lush and green – this is winter like I remember it from my childhood – and man we are loving it.

FATHER’S DAY 2018

– a poem for Adi and Charl by Judy Badenhorst.

Felicitations to fabulous, famous fathers

Fabled family both with fuzzy facial fur! No failed faculties here.

Farming, features fertilising fertile, friable fields whilst February finds them flourishing in 40C Fahrenheit fermenting and filtering & filling flagons for the faithful and foreign fans with fair fatigue.

Farmers, fly fishermen, in their forties (former fugitive from far firmly fits with family)….no fainthearted,flabby, feeble fellows these as they facilitate fantastic feasts. No finicky food for the famished fortunate as they flambé fine, flat, fleshy fish from fridge and fry fine fillets on flickering fire and freeze fruit whilst favourite, flirtatious filly flips flapjacks with flair after foraging for frogs and fronds in forest with fervour for functions.

Fledgling fowls and finches feature firmly on farm …with flying falcons

Frequent flights with family to foreign lands is favoured

Firm handed fathers fend for and fix first born boys with fists ….no FIGHTING or FARTING!

Find flamboyant, fragrant, femme fatale, flirtatious females in fashionable, floral, flimsy frocks and funkyfluffy furs frantically fixing furniture fastidiously with finesse for farmhouses.

I foresee favourable floods favouring freedom and fulfilling future with fanfare.

Thank you to my precious family. Yer loving Ma!!!

864E81A9-7148-4F54-BA0E-D59EBF412B88

Steen sipping season

It looks like it is Chenin season in the Northern Hemisphere, and our Secateurs seems to be amongst many people’s favourite…

Over the last few weeks we’ve seen recommendations and thumbs up from all over the north. From Temple Cellars in Singapore who made us their white of the week…

35078323_2004201722947773_3612344272218488832_n

…to Paste Online Magazine’s dashing write up about Chenin (click click – read more here) which they recon “had fallen into fuddy-duddy grandpa-wine status until fairly recently” but now it’s real hip and our Secateurs is recommended cause it is “kind of… sensual, actually. Like it’s round in all the right ways and well-defined in all the right ways”…

…and Dave McIntyre recommending it in The Washington Post as a [summer] sipping wine – Secateurs definitely has its glass half full right now.

Meanwhile winemag.com wrote a lovely piece focussing on the 2015 South African vintage saying “a fantastic 2015 vintage, have created a flood tide powerful enough to finally crash on our shore, ready to break existing expectations and create a new, well-earned reputation for South African wine as a serious contender on the world stage.” and we spotted one of our own and many of our favourite wines:

red_wines_from_south_africa_

For up to date posts about all the media we spot ourselves in, keep an eye on our Facebook Page and remember to follow us on Instagram for pretty pictures from the farm and beyond.

Swartland Heritage II

Last year the Swartland Independent Producers (or SIP) of which we are a proud member, hosted the first instalment of the Swartland Heritage Festival at the Paternoster Fish Market. Click here for some pictures from last year. 

Tickets are now on sale for version two, coming to you on the first weekend of November. Book tickets by emailing RSVP@studio-h.co.za.

Hope to see you there!

SpogBoks Kollektiv III

It is Spog time again.

28827253_1898926343474576_4937228736730147461_o

Join us in the hinterland of the Hemel and Aarde Valley at the glorious Newton Johnson Vineyards fo the “SpogBoks Kollektiv III
Adi, Tyrrel, Miles, Sebastian, Gordon and Bevan (Adam has a sick note) is back for an early evening tasting of their latest vinous konkoktions. This will be followed by a street-food inspired dinner and fiesta in the Newton Johnson winery!
R500 is the per person kost, but if you pre-order (and pay for) your SpogBoks – a kollektion of 12 of the wines from the Kollektiv for R2500 – we will throw in the party for free! Viva la Fiesta!!

New stock [images]

 

Screen Shot 2018-03-18 at 05.18.53

Last week we had our friend Maree and her camera on the farm to shoot some library images for us (it had been five years since we last did it, and a LOT changes on Kalmoesfontein in five years…)

Here is just a sneak peak for your enjoyment. It is nice to see the evolution through the lens of a proper camera (and not an #iphone with #instagram filters!)


Screen Shot 2018-03-18 at 05.21.15

Screen Shot 2018-03-18 at 05.22.07

We also shot some photos for new fact sheets for the Badenhorst, Secateurs and single vineyard ranges. Watch this space, we’ll upload them to the site when ready and if you are in the trade, lekker things are on their way – for you and your customers to get a sense of where our wines come from.

Photos: Maree Louw.

#harvest2018

All the grapes are in and things are starting to slow down (a little bit) in the cellar.

Harvest 2018 was late, tough, fast and small. But the fruit looks good and the juice is tasty.

 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Some interesting notes and figures I spotted in the “grape intake book” include:

15 tons of Muscat de Frontignan (for Caperitif)

on 23 Feb an interesting combination of red grapes came in with a note “Port 2018″…

3,4tons of Raaigras Grenache (pictured above) and

431 kissies of Ramnasgras Cinsault…