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Festive farm

As we head into harvest mode (the first grapes, Wit Muskadel for the Geelkapel came in late last week from the Moutonshoek) a quick look back at events from the farm over December and January.

Here’s the season to be married!

We hosted three weddings over the last month, with couples from London, the Netherlands and Ireland tying the knot. Late sunsets and warm evenings make for great parties.

It has been a pleasure working with all the amazing people who made this happen. From caterers like Slippery Spoon and The Southern Smoke to florists Michelle Smith and Jeanette from Paramithi Flower and coordinations Kick Bang! (Omnific Activities) and Blank Canvas events.

Photos in this post from these guys and Maree Louw / Kikitopgraphy. More professional pics coming soon.

Check out our venue page for more information on booking Kalmoesfontein for your next event!

Merry Xmas Fam!

“Ok, let’s get a family picture. Come, everyone!”

“Ugh, really? I’ll be the photographer”

“No Swaan, we can set a timer – once a year is not too much to ask. And put on the hats please. Everyone at least one thing that says ‘Christmas’.”

“Where is Oom Piet and Golden Slopes?”

“They’re gone – you know the Single Vineyard crowd – they never stay long!”

“And cousin 4th Rabbit?”

“He’s drunk – taking a siesta…”

“Oh, well, ok – line up everyone – and smiiiiile, say cheeeese!”

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Wishing you a fun filled festive season – with loved ones that does not get annoying, good food, relaxing siestas and lekker local wines. Be blessed, be safe and take lots of pictures…

See you in the new year, when we hit the harvest running!

Pink Friday!

The world goes black and we go pink… since everyone is aparently looking for a good deal today, we’re giving you
6 x Secateurs Rosé 2018 for only R300!
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To the public, South Africa only, till midnight. 
For the local trade, till the end of November.
VAT is included and so is gratis delivery.
simply email denise@wineadmin.co.za with your order! 
 
As we mentioned earlier this week – the Secateurs Rosé has had a facelift and is a stunning summertime wine, so get your holiday stock, today.

Change and a holiday

Our Secateurs Range has been with us since the beginning. Often referred to as our ‘entry level wine’ it ticks all the boxes in that category – easy to find, easy to drink, easy to buy and easy to understand.

But, 2018 marks ten years of the Badenhorsts on the Paardeberg and it brought with it a few changes – even to ye old faithful.

– The Rosé

Die Rosé was die laatlammetjie, the youngest of the three kids. This year it got a bit of a facelift. A pink wine with a blue label. No gender stereotyping here…

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100% Cinsault juice – we are currently on the 2018 vintage and it is quite frankly perfect for summer days around the pool or with a sea breeze in the air.

– The Red

Our Secateurs Red Blend has gone from being Shiraz based [Shiraz (56%) Cinsault (22%) Grenache (21%) Tinta Barocca (1%)] to new a blend dominated by Cinsault (82%) [with Shiraz (10%) and Grenache (8%)].

As Adi says: “We’ve turned the Red Blend a bit upside down, actually helemal bollemakiesie. Why? Because Cinsault is a fabulous grape and always a pleasure to drink. We have lots of Cinsault bushvines on Kalmoesfontein and so do the neighbouring farmers…”

And, this post is a thing because we were all in the office together and Hanneke said – “I think people should know that this is a much more ‘summer red wine’…”

So here you have it folks!

– The Chenin Blanc

Is the Chenin Blanc and will always be the Secateurs Chenin Blanc. It might be called Steen occasionally and, if you believe the internet, this one is widely regarded as the best value for money Chenin out there. aa-badenhorst-secateurs-chenin-blanc-2018.jpg

Drink lots of it this silly season!

These wines are a part of our family and we hope you enjoy many bottles of it with your family as the year races to an end!

 

Wedding wonders

Our friends Ryan and Samantha (the immigrants behind wonderful wines such as Terracurra, Silvervis and Smiley) got married on Kalmoesfontein earlier this month.

It was a spectacular celebration of love – with Adi conducting the ceremony for them…

Here are some venue specific pictures

PHOTOGRAPHER – Claire Thomson

VENUE – Kalmoesfontein

DRESS- Rosa Clará

H&M – Marnel Toerien

FOOD – Food Maker Merchant

LIGHTING – Kick Bang Omnific

CAKE – Flour Child

SECOND SHOOTER – MOOI MOOD

Hip hip Heritage

A few pictures from last weekend’s second Swartland Independent Producers’ Heritage Festival in Paternoster.

While we all had lots of fun we realise we can do better and have since had a few serious meetings themed around “what it all means” and “how we can be a better collective of independents” while representing the real gees and offering of the Swartland.

Thank you to everyone who attended and anyone who gave feedback and input. The SHF will be back, with a bang, next November. Watch this space.

Credit:

Hosted by: The Swartland Independent Producers  | Event organisers: Studio_H

Creative director: Cornelia Badenhorst | Decor: Kick Bang Omnific

Photographer: Maree Louw | Location: Paternoster Vismark

 

Pizza please!

Years of anticipation has paid off – we have our own wood fired pizza oven on the farm.

Charl and Semma have been rolling dough and treating guests to fresh from the oven pizzas, and you can come too!

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Pizza and wine, views and sunsets… what more? For details contact Semma@aabadenhorst.com.

Come stay with us!

We had some professional photographs taken of our newly renovated accommodation options. Cause our iPhone pics just weren’t doing it any justice.

To find out more about these options; click here. And note that if you book directly with Semma we’ll make sure there is a bottle of house wine in the fridge when you arrive…

The Winemakers’ Cottage:

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The Silo:

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Come, visit, stay!

All photos by Jan Ras for Visi.

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.