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Grafting

This week we started grafting some shoots.

Grafting or graftage (just sounds like the kind of word that needs to be in italics) is a horticultural technique whereby tissues of plants are joined so as to continue their growth together. We have joined Chenin Blanc, Palomino and Ugni Blanc scions onto an old Red Globe root systems. These grapes will in future be used for brandy wine production…

Ugni Blanc? At first my phone corrected it to Agri Blanc – so I had to read up more.

And no surprise I hadn’t heard of the varietal also known as Trebbiano before; Wikipedia (that wonderful deep well of knowledge) lists synonyms for it as “Albano, Albana secco, Biancone, Blanc Auba, Blanc De Cadillac, Blancoun, Bobiano, Bonebeou, Branquinha, Brocanico, Bubbiano, Buriano, Buzzetto, Cadillac, Cadillate, Castelli, Castelli Romani, Castillone, Chator, Clairette D’Afrique, Clairette De Vence, Clairette Ronde, Engana Rapazes, Espadeiro branco, Falanchina, Greco, Gredelin, Hermitage White, Juni Blan, Lugana, Malvasia Fina, Muscadet Aigre, Padeiro branco, Perugino, Procanico, Procanico Dell Isola D Elba, Procanico Portoferraio, Queue De Renard, Romani, Rossan De Nice, Rossetto, Rossola, Rossula, Roussan, Roussea, Rusciola, Saint Emilion, Saint Emilion Des Charentes, Santoro, Shiraz White, Spoletino, Talia, Trebbianello, Trebbiano, Trebbiano Della Fiamma, Trebbiano Di Cesene, Trebbiano Di Empoli, Trebbiano Di Lucca, Trebbiano Di Tortona, Trebbiano Fiorentino, Trebbiano Toscano, Trebbianone, Tribbiano, Tribbiano Forte, Turbiano, Ugni blanc, Bouan, Beau, Thalia, Trebbiano di Soave, Trebbiano Romagnolo, Trebbiano Gallo and Trebbiano d’Abruzzo.

Trebbiano shares at least three synonyms with the Spanish wine grape Viura including Queue de Renard, Rossan, Ugni blanc and the similarly spelled Gredelín/Gredelin.”

Yup! In short – it is an Italian wine grape, one of the most widely planted grape varieties in the world. It gives good yields, but tends to yield undistinguished wine. Its high acidity makes it important in Cognac productions. En van daar die brannewyn planne.

And so, hopefully, you learn something new every day! Stay tuned for more informative updates, we’re excited to watch this develop.

#SHF18 is coming…

The annual Swartland Independent (SIP) Heritage Festival is coming soon!

Once more taking place over the first weekend of November in the beautiful west coast town of Paternoster – this year’s edition features some interesting speakers and sought after chefs, alongside the SIP winemaking legends, obviously.

On the international speakers (and pourers) list this year we have Tom Lubbe of Domaine Matassa in Roussilon, France and Taras Ochota of Ochota Barrels in South Australia, mate.

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Lubbe at Matassa is well known for working with small parcels of very old vines, using biodynamic practices and making wines with no additives or processing aids. Sound familiar?

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While Taras Ochota will bring another epic beard and insight into the similarities (and differences) between what we know here in the Swartland and a life of surfing and making beautiful holistic wines with his wife Amber in the Adelaide Hills.

All tastings, drinks, talks and meals are included in your ticket and over the course of the weekend the food will be prepared by Cape Town favourite Ash Heeger, food camp champ Suzi Holtzhausen and Weskus local legends Oep ve Koep.

And to round it all off Valiant Swart and his guitar will bring some entertainment to the mix.

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There are still a few tickets available at R2950pp, so get on that – available on quicket (click here!) and for more info you can mail rsvp@studio-h.co.za.

 

Special single vineyards – part 1

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We recently had some fact sheets made for our wines and I would now like to share some of the information, especially of the special single vineyards we make wine from.

For our first post we take look at the history of the Raaigras Grenache – since we just celebrated this grape and vineyard! – Ramnasgras Cinsault and Piet Bok se Bos Steen vineyards.

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Episode two coming soon. This is an AA Badenhorst exclusive;)

Grenache groupies gathering

Last Friday we hosted a small International Grenache Day get together on Kalmoesfontein – I mean, we are home to the oldest Grenache vineyard in the country…

It was all very formal as we kicked off with speeches and PowerPoint data graphs, but it quickly dissolved into just a sharing of a few bottles of wine made from a great grape.

Callie and his smoker made sure we got some food in our bellies – always a winner.

Meanwhile:

horse stables are being turned into accommodation

and the foundations for the new cool room are in

Never a dull moment out here!

Welcome to the club!

So we did it, we came up with an outline for our wine club!

But what does it all mean? Well, we want to offer our club members:

– First choice on our wines, pre-release, at trade prices.

– First choice on rare bottlings, older vintages and magnums as we dig them out of our cellar.

– Discount on all accommodation bookings on the property.

– First option and invites to all farm tastings, lunches & events (including our legendary annual OesAf harvest party…)

– An invite to our annual wine club event (we’ll change up the season every year so you get to experience them all)

– First notice of events we will be attending or hosting in your city.

– Free delivery on 12 or more bottles of selected wines or orders over R4000, SA only.

But note, even with us, Ts&Cs apply…

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The First Official Offer that went out was for BIG bottles:

Ramnasgras Cinsault 2012 in magnum (1.5l)  – only 24 available.

Raaigras Grenache 2012 in magnum (1.5l)  – only 24 available.

Dassiekop Steen 2016 in double magnum (3l)  – this vintage of the single vineyard Chenin Blanc was only ever bottled in 3l – and there were(!) only 18 available.

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To join this very elite club (no club card yet, sorry) send Helena a mail on aabadenhorstwine@gmail.com and we’ll take it from there.

 

A wine club kind-of Sunday

On Sunday we hosted the first lunch aimed at starting our own wine club! Guests who braved the cold, wet weather were well rewarded.

Charl and Semma put on a feast of a lunch while Adi pulled bottles of wine from deep corners of the cellar.

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The menu looked a little something like this:

Starters of braaibroodjies with roasted vine tomatoes, mozzarella & red onion marmalade and slow cooked lamb ribs.

Mains included deboned roast lamb with baked potatoes; chicken Ceasar salad and baked whole brown mushrooms with garlic butter and green beans.

Dessert was bread and butter pudding, served with cream.

Our official, very well thought out club offer will go out to everyone who responded to our call for interest.

End the year, our way!

As you might know by now, more Badenhorsts have joined us on the Paardeberg. This time in the form of brother Charl and his wife Semma – this power couple moved to the berg in January to help manage the farm, with Semma focussing on accommodation and events.

Which means we get to throw parties during harvest time and make more brides happy and now, add new additions to our repertoire. Like end of year shindings…

Yup, the end of the year is approaching, flippin fast! We suspect that you (and your staff) aren’t blown away by the idea of another end-of-year event at some city bar (or worse, the boardroom in your office…)

That’s why we, the AA Badenhorst family team, have decided to put on our thinking caps and combine our years of diverse event experience and party planning – to come up with something special for your team!

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I mean – between us we’ve styled, hosted, planned and conceptualised things on five continents. We’ve been curating our little piece of the Paardeberg for the last decade, but our roots in the Swartland go back generations. We’ve worked with the likes of Visi, Afrikaburn, Elle, Sanctuary Retreats, Sense of Africa, Burning Man (and lots of wonderful things in between) and can create, design and flawlessly execute gatherings of all shapes and sizes.

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On our working wine farm, at the end of a dusty road on the slopes of the Paardeberg, we are known for unique experiences. And the bonus is, within an hour from Cape Town’s CBD you will feel like you are in a different country!

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We can offer wine /vermouth /tonic /port /mezcal tastings; cellar tours; banquets; hikes; throw-downs under the maypole; live music / DJs; outdoor screenings; glamping and more. As with any event we do, this will be customised as an individual package, according to company needs and with complete exclusivity guaranteed.

If you are looking for an out-of-the-ordinary finale this year you have found it. Start with a e-mail to semma@aabadenhorst.com and we’ll take it from there.

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(all images from #agencydayout on instagram)

Join the club!

We’re used to setting trends, but this month we’re following one.

We are starting a Family Wine Club! Yup – join our inner circle and be the first to hear about events we host and take part in; wines we release (and don’t release further than the stoep of the old house); accommodation we open and other cards we find up our sleeves.

To join, fill out our lovely google form by clicking HERE. This will give us some more information about you before we customise our offer (to be honest, we havent quite figured it all out). BUT we are planning on hosting our first Wine Club Event on 26 August and there will be only 30 spots so JUMP <click click>.

Once you have filled out the form we will contact you with more event and club information. South Africans only for now. Jammer.

 

 

‘n Secateur is ‘n snoeiskêr…

This month we’ve been spending some time in the vineyards planting new vines for future generations of winemakers and drinkers. Winter time (and some well received rain) means we get our hands dirty outside the cellar as we put back into the soil what we take out every harvest.

Which brings me to this post, a well deserved tribute to the humble pruning shears. Oh, humble vineyard hand tool that we respect so much, we even gave it its own range of wines…

So, why the secateur?

To us the tool is a reminder of the importance of vineyard work, as it is used in some of the most critical actions such as pruning the vines and harvesting the grapes…

When we were playing around with names for our ranges (a decade ago kan jy dit glo!?) Adi considered the Afrikaans version “Snoeiskêr” but Cornelia, always the voice of reason, said it sounded too much like an Afrikaans punk rock band.

Today our range of Secateurs wines can be found all over the world and from there they also receive constant praise (non more than the ever popular Chenin Blanc though…).

So there you have it. Find you closest good wine shop and ask for a bottle of Secateurs – chances are even if they don’t have it they have heard about it.

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.

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

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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…