A throw back to the Swartland Independent Heritage Festival which we hosted in Paternoster two weeks ago.
Take us back!
Photos by Maree Louw. Click here for more.
In die somer uitgawe van Landbou Weekblad se Boerkos verskyn ‘n mooi artikel deur Arina du Plessis, kos-redakteur, wat hulde bring aan ons boere.
Die artikel draai rondom ‘n erfenis braai wat ons in vroeg September op Kalmoesfontein gehou het. Arina en haar span het ‘n hele klomp diverse boere van die Swartland tot in die Klein Karoo en die Koue Bokkeveld genooi en op die dag met almal se bestandele ‘n feesmaal voorgesit.
Hier is die spyskaart, en die resep vir een van ons gunstelinge op die dag:
Kry die uitgawe, nou beskikbaar, vir al die resepte, ‘n insigewende kyk na hoe verskillende fraksies van die boere gemeentskap dinge doen en veral hoe die droogte waarin die Wes-Kaap hom tans bevind, almal aantas. Lucille Botha het met almal van peer tot skaap en selfs wyn boere gesels.
On Saturday we had our first “formal” sit down trade tasting on Kalmoesfontein.
When Adi proposed the event about 6 weeks ago he was adamant that we’d be going very formal – guests (all from the Western Cape trade, and that one journalist we always like to have around) would sit down to taste the latest vintages of our regular offering and new single vineyard releases as well some of those cards Adi always has up his sleeve (when he wears them).
Afterwards we would enjoy a casual Swartland lunch. I was going to send out postcards with Save the Dates – an idea that got me very excited, I even started writing the 70 cards only to realise that logistically there was no way we would establish a guest list, get postal addresses and trust the South African Postal Service to get the Save The Dates to people before it was actually too late for them to save the date… Alas, sales reps, family and wine agents started pulling together an invite list and eventually we go a lovely group of about 30 people together to share a relaxed day on the farm with us.
By the time the final reminder email went out Adi’s comms to me was that the day would be “very casual”… and I think what we achieved this weekend was the perfect Kalmoesfontein middleground.
Upon arrival we served an unlabelled and very unassuming “bubbly I’m making with my French friend Vincent Careme” and arguably the braaibroodjies of the year. Adi’s mother Judy was prepping lunch in the kitchen and the vinyl player filled the air with some folk reggae vibes.
Eventually everyone moved to the back stoep to sit down at a tasting sheet with a line up of 8 wines. Adi introduced each wine briefly talking terroir and cellar methods in his own unique way.
After the tasting a buffet harvest table style lunch of
braaied peri-peri // lemon and herb chickens (free range from a neighbour obviously)
more of those braaibroodjies (plaas brood with tomato, cheese and onion)
green salad (from the farm’s garden) and Judy’s famous Salsa Verde
was served in the kitchen.
There was desert too. And some sample tasters of Adi’s latest ventures; ‘Century Spirit’ – 100% Graaff Reinet Agave and ‘Spirit of the Cape’ – distilled Caperitif.
By the time I left Adi and a few reps, agents and ‘last guests standing’ were sitting around with all the open bottles of wine… and I can only imagine that scene persisted late into the afternoon.
If you joined us, thank you for making the journey to the Partyberg. We hope you had a lovely day. If you couldn’t make it, let’s hope we can get our postcards out way early next time – send a pigeon with your postal address, please.
Tasting sheet designed by Ronelle at YehBaby.
Pictures 3 and 5 by Johan from getwine.
Other pictures by ‘Marketing and Web Stuff Cousin’ Helena.
Never a dull moment on the Partyberg. It is Friday and there are lots of things happening on Kalmoesfontein.
The flowers are in bloom,
new wines are going into bottle,
and we’re prepping for a trade tasting (and lunch) tomorrow.
Meanwhile Greg Sherwood (MW!) posted nice things about the 2015 Raaigras Grenache, and I quote:
“This must be one of South Africa’s best Grenache reds. Coming from old vines planted on Adi Badenhorst’s farm on the decomposed granite hills of the Paardeberg, Swartland in 1951, this wine shows such Grenache purity, power and authenticity.”
and our Chenin is included in a tasting line up, in Stellenbosch (of all places).
Happy Friday indeed! Cheers.
Flymango (a South African domestic airline) has done a lovely feature on Grenache in their September in-flight magazine, and included our very own Raaigras in the mix.
Did you know (as per the article) that our raaigras vineyard is the oldest Grenache vineyard in the country!? Planted in 1951 and with only 1646 vines this is a rare and special wine indeed. And, just yesterday the 2016 vintage got a whopping 95 points from Tim Atkin!
The Tim Atkin SA Report 2017 is out and we got a table of wines on the 90+ list!
Say’s Tim: “Both at home and overseas, there is a growing awareness of the winemaking and viticultural revolution that is unfolding in the Cape. Consumers worldwide are becoming increasingly passionate about South African wines. And not before time! My annual report is, I hope, a part of that success.”
It sure is Tim!
Our school report reads as follows:
Not too shabby hey Nige.
Do you work in the food and wine trade in Cape Town? Then you are in luck!
Join Adi and his spoggerige friends at The Shortmarket Club on Thursday – 10pm so ya all can cash up first.
RSVP to email@example.com. Lekker.
The annual Cape Winemaker’s Guild auction is around the corner. Adi was recently filmed talking about his entry, the AA Badenhorst Family Wines Chase The Spice Swartland Shiraz 2014.
And, in the spirit of collaboration, he has also entered two wines which he made side by side with good friend Duncan Savage. This is the first ever collaborative wine between two members of the guild and we suspect these wines are going to sell quicker than you can say “bromance”.
The 2017 CWG Auction:
Happy Spring from the Swartland.
If you haven’t been to Kalmoesfontein, here is a look from above.