Ditjies en Datjies

We’ve been busy on (and off) Kalmoesfontein.

Here are some pictures (shot by Stephanie Veldman, link to more here) from Theo and Janita’s wedding on the farm in late May.

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Meanwhile Adi cooked for The Great South African Cookbook which launches TODAY – since today is Madiba Day and the proceeds of this great book goes towards The Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Adi and Lars attended Imbibe Live in London with Caperitif, Jasper tasted his way through Spain and Portugal, Helena launched a Swartland wine onto a Stellenbosch wine list and we’ve had some rain, glorious rain.

There are also plans for the 2016 edition of Convivium in the pipeline, Sunday lunches coming up and a bit of a ‘if we can’t have a Swartland Revolution we’ll just throw our own early November party’ event, coming soon.

Also, we’ll be in Johannesburg with all our SIP friends on 11/12 November – keep an eye on the Swartland Independent Facebook page for details, coming soon!

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Sunday Lunch (update SOLD OUT)

We’ve hosted brunches, dinners, tastings, weddings and parties on Kalmoesfontein – and now it is time to invite a few people over for Sunday Lunch on the farm.

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What?

A tasting of 7 of our wines (including two New Releases! and Caperitif).

followed by lunch on the stoep – for the first instalment we’ll be working with the Springbok Cornelia’s dad brought us!

Add some farm bread, cheese and jams, roasted seasonal veg and pudding by the ever popular Judy Badenhorst and you have yourself a meal!

32 seats only.

When?

Our first edition will take place on 24 July. 11h00 for 11h30.

Where?

From the cellar to the lawns to the stoep of Kalmoesfontein.

How?

Tickets at R350pp. Kids under 12 half price.

Book by emailing Helena on aabadenhorstwine@gmail.com

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Update: this lunch is SOLD OUT but mail aabadenhorstwine@gmail.com to get on the mailing list for when we decide on a next date!

DPBC Artisan Night

Our friends at Devil’s Peak Brewing Company have invited us to pair some wine with food prepared by The Taproom’s in-house chef David Walker at their monthly Artisan Night.

Welcome drinks, canapes and a fantastic three course menu specially created with the flavour of each wine in mind (trust us, we tasted all the options!). Add in some chirps from Adi and you have yourself a good night out.

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Date: Thursday 23 June 2016
Price: R280 per person
Time: 6.30 for 7pm
Place: The Taproom, DPBC, 95 Durham Ave, 1st Floor PALS Building, Salt River, Cape Town.

Tickets: Quicket http://bit.ly/25waR5C
Please let us know if you are a vegetarian. Karen@devilspeakbrewing.co.za

Tickets are limited so don’t miss out.

We hope to see you there!

We came, we saw, we harvested.

Harvest is done and dusted (lots of dust this year…) and last weekend we had our annual, infamous Harvest Party – Partyberg Oesaf.

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Lambs on the spit for dinner (and later, pigs for midnight snacks)

 

Gin in the golden gangster’s gun…

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and a view from above

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The wine flowed, Jasper’s DJ Playlist exceeded already high expectation and the party continued way beyond the inconvenience of the generator catching fire…

Cheers to that!

February on the farm

Exciting times:

Our friends Jon came to take areal shots of the farm with is drone – that’s my home!

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99% of the grapes are in for harvest 2016.

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We hosted the International Food and Wine Society for a “mini revolution” complete with Adi, Andrea, Callie and Eben, Where is Callie placemats, a harvest buffet by Judy Badenhorst and an informal SIP tasting. IMG_0183IMG_0192IMG_0196

Caperitif also received some great publicity – keep an eye on its website for more!

SIP Skou

Die Swartland Independent Producers (SIP) se Wyn-, Kos- en Kultuurskou vind hierdie jaar in Malmesbury plaas. Op 2 April gaan die beste wyn en kos (en talent…) by die Skougronde in Voortrekker weg net buite die dorp saamtrek.

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As someone who grew up in Malmes I have quite a few memories of Die Skougronde. I remember being a ‘trompoppie’ in grade one or two, walking in procession amongst the cow crap in white tomy tekkies and knee high socks with homemade blue tassels attached to them. Some years the annual Skou had go-carts which was super exciting and in the years before every little town in the world had a Chinese shop, this was where we would get our fair share of cheap plastic earrings and toys for the year. And, in 2002 my Rusk Recipe won a gold medal in the Tuisgebak devision of Die Skou. Just.saying!

SO, I am very happy that SIP will be taking the revolution to this ‘historical’ venue.

We hope you can join us there. Buy your tickets HERE.

In the harvest time…

It feels like this heatwave has been ongoing for ever. Forever I tell you. When it is still 30’C at 10pm it is hard to imagine it will ever cool down again, ever!

But, life goes on and the grapes are starting to come in. Last week our first Shiraz was picked, 22 tons of it! Meanwhile there is some good international publicity and a few nice emails from the other side of the world.

“You know that South African cinsault we tried?” he said. “I took the opened bottle to a dinner with a load of wine trade people and they went mad for it and said it was the best wine of the night. They were raving on and on about it.”

To read more from The Telegraph on our Ramnasgras, click here.

This morning I woke up to a very nice little note of thanks and praise from a family snowed in in Michigan, USA… hard to imagine in the dry hot Swartland summer, but nice to receive anyway:

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“a little vacation in a bottle,” like!

On a side note, if you were lucky enough to get tickets to Cape Town’s very first Gin & Tonic Festival, taking place next Saturday, keep an eye out for Swaan, we will be mixing with some exciting new local gins!

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