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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!!!

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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…

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…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:

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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.

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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]

 

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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!)


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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.

 

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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…

 

Harvest Lunch

In the past we’ve been very serious about the “no nothing during harvest” rule. You may have even been on the receiving end of a “no-sorry/are-you-mad? never-in-harvest!” mail…

But that was back in the day when the team was tight and the person doing the tasting would have also been the person braaiing the meat and switching on the pump.

Now we are growing up fast. Early this year Adi’s brother Charl and his lovely wife Semma joined us in the Swartland, and with their wealth of experience in client relations and playing host they have added a new dimension to what we can offer.

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So, this February we hosted a few lunches for international groups. Adi’s mom Judy cooks, Semma and Charl hosts and helps prepare food, Cornelia makes everything look amazing and I just have to put out tasting glasses and spittoons while Adi only has to make a quick appearance, tell a joke and pour some wine.

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Basically what this post is saying is: You don’t have to be scared to ask us to host a group of people in harvest time any more!

Mail Semma on aabadenhorst.stay@gmail.com and you might just be in luck.

Groups of 10 – 30 preferred. aalunch3

#convivium2018

It has been a very hot, dry and BUSY start to the year on Kalmoesfontein.

Not only has the usual chaos of harvest ensued, but we’ve been hacking at agave, cooking piña and making mezcal while setting up and hosting Convivium 2018.

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What an honour to once again be the venue for this fantastic event. A celebration of conscious people making a real difference in the food and drinks industry in South Africa.

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From top chefs to wheat farmers, barmen and baristas, Convivium is at the forefront of a new (and important) movement in food.

Elle Deco did a nice review after the event (read it here) and there are SO MANY pretty pictures on Instagram (check out #convivium2018 or @conviviumtable) that we hardly need to say anything.

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We would just like to thank Andy Fenner and Wesley Randles (and the Studio_H team) for still entrusting us with hosting this inspirational event and for pushing us into the dry riverbeds and old farm cottages and beyond.

We hope you enjoyed the hot Swartland summer sun as much as we revelled in having you here.

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Next stop: harvest 2018

And so we’re starting to pack for the summer holidays again. The exodus from the Swartland to the sea starts tomorrow and I thought it a nice idea to ask Adi and Jasper what wines, drinks and cocktail ingredients they will be packing in their cooler boxes this year.

While Jasper’s first reaction was that he “is on a detox” and will be having only tonic water (Swaan, I’m sure) and the occasional gulp of sea water he did come to his senses and send through a modest list (all he can afford apparently, setting up cellar isn’t cheap…)

His first mention is a firm favourite with the Kalmoesfontein clan – White port and Swaan tonic water. On ice. Simple, delicious.

And he’ll also be drinking his own wines, mostly the Chenin Blanc under the Swerwer label, the last of the 2016 vintage!

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Adi on the other hand is quick to list the “wines he is lus for this Christmas”:

Eben Sadie’s Skurfberg, Joostenberg’s Agteros and Glenelly Chardonnay while he mentions experiments with Mont Blois Pomphuis and “natural pet nat stuff along with a few medicinal twigs as my summer drink by the caravan”…

 

I’m looking forward to many Gin, Caperitifs and Tonics on the stoep at Kalmoesfontein where we’ll be ‘farm sitting’ (een se huis is n ander se vakansie, of so iets) and to celebrating a few memorable moments with Christa’s Filia.

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Here’s to hoping you have a festive silly season with good wine (and drinks, and food) to share with people that are precious to you.

Thanks for another year of support (heck if you’ve read this far on the last blog of the year, cheers to you!).

Convivium is coming (back).

If you haven’t heard (then you don’t pay enough attention to our social media pages)

Convivium will be back for a third instalment on Kalmoesfontein early next year. This popular food event, the brain child of Andy Fenner (of Frankie Fenner Meat Merchants) and Wesley Randles (The Shortmarket Club) was first hosted on the farm in 2015.

This morning I took Wes and Louis (Project Manager from Studio_H) on a site visit to scout out a few locations. Exciting things are coming!

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For more info, read this article on EatOut.

For tickets, head over to Quicket.

Hope to see you here in the heat of Feb…