Op ons boere!

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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.

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Hier is die spyskaart, en die resep vir een van ons gunstelinge op die dag:

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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.

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Warning: long blog post…

On Saturday we had our first “formal” sit down trade tasting on Kalmoesfontein.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

Credit:

Tasting sheet designed by Ronelle at YehBaby.

Pictures 3 and 5 by Johan from getwine.

Other pictures by ‘Marketing and Web Stuff Cousin’ Helena.

The Revolution was photographed

Maree once again took some stunning pictures at the Swartland Revolution this year. Here are a few of our favourites, lots more on her blog.

There is a nice summery of the weekend on The Swartland Revolution’s site. Have a look. 

Meanwhile, our Family Red 2009 is number 93 on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 wines for 2013. Not too shabby…

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Pictures from Adi’s travels and random things on the farm (walking the fine line of becoming one of those blogs full of kids…) as well as some nice media attention received.

This is an update kind of blog, hello, here we are…

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Above, Benjamin from Domaine Huet shows Adi some old casks. 
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Off loading and brief sorting of Chenin destined for some great Methode Ancestrale at Domaine Vincent Careme.

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Louis, the son of Vincent and Tania Careme, holding on tight.

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Wines from Sebastian David, from the Bourgueil region, exciting wines, no sulfur and organic!

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Tasting in Bourguiel, above stellar wines by Catherine and Pierre Breton – organic since 1983.

Below Domaine de la Chevalerie – an underground cave of 1.5ha! Organic producers of wonderful Cabernet franc wines.

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Back in the Swartland, Ana is baking cookies

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while Samuel and his friends enjoy the first hot days of Summer 2013/4 by swimming with the tadpoles.

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And Adi and Jasper have breakfast braais as the sun rises.

It is almost November, Swartland Revolution time, and even Time Magazine is getting in on the action.

We hope to see many of  you at the Swartland Independent Street Party on November 9th, it really is the place to be…

Revolution already on the way

Yes, this weekend past was the third annual Swartland Revolution. A weekend of great wines (from France, Germany, Portugal and naturally, the Swartland), fabulous food and lots of Swartland gees. Like one happy revolutionary observed: the right level of geeky/nerd/fun!! 

Maree Louw, revolutionary wife, once again took some amazing pictures, and we gladly share them with you here.

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The first tasting, Quality First was presented by father and son team, Alain and Maxime Graillot who each showed three of their wines from France.

Adi showing Samuel some tricks of the trade.

Friday night BBQ at Bazaar, by Moerby Kultuur.

Die Baardskeerdersbos Orkes had everyone dancing. “Klein bietjie wyn, klein bietjie wyn” (lies, all lies!)

Adi and Callie in good spirits (especially considering it is 9am on THE Saturday)

Beer and worsrol break between Saturday morning tastings.

Lunch, by “the revolutionary moms” led by Adi’s mom Judy, was a huge success.

The Moms! (take a bow!)

And then there was the Swartland Independent Street Party, with 18 members pouring their wines in Short Street Square.

Including Jasper’s new venture, made on Kalmoesfontein – Muskeljaatkat!

And then it was over. Another great success, with attendees already asking “can I book for next year…”

Um, no, give us a chance to recover, celebrate summer, harvest and then once we’ve started planning, we can talk about another revolution.

Thanks for sharing in the experience!

More pics on Maree’s blog.

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A few words from a man of many words. Adi gives some feedback on our spring day brunch / “Secateurs launch”

“Was a moerse lekker kuier on Saturday, I think we had more fun than the guests!
There was enough wine and food to go around. Some people left their cars in Malmesbury with broken gear boxes and still made it to the farm in time and then pitched in to make delicious salads to go with the late afternoon chicken and rabbit pies!

Harry helped plant tomatoes and beans – he will be back in 90 days to collect the harvest – much like he did with the Secateurs (Harry spent a few days on the farm harvesting in February and then came to drink as much as he could of the new release on Saturday!)
Roland from wine cellar even bought a bottle of wine in case ours was not up to scratch! Thanks for the Drouhin Roland!
Melissas staff brought lovely flowers and we now have a very cool collection of Melissas hand-me-down cafe chairs in and around the old house.

In general it was a fantastic bunch of people gathered together on a beautiful Swartland day.”

So there you have it, thanks for all the support and look forward to seeing you all at the next one!

Some photos with love and thanks to Maree Louw, I am sure she snapped pictures while husband Callie braaiied the chickens?

 

See more photos on Maree’s naturallight photography Facebook album.

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The set-up…

Adi the entertainer…

We didn’t even have to hire entertainment, they just appeared to light up our night.

Eben (Sadie) doing (pouring) what he does best…

Jasper (or like someone said to me: “that guy with the sleeveless tee, that’s danced with every girl here”)

Plaas party pants…

We didn’t (need to) hire a pole-dancer either! Winning…

So there you have it, if your memory fails you, yes there was a crazy party in the bos on the berg… till next year, cheers!

Stomp day, yay!

Tomorrow a few lucky friends and family members will gather around the cellar on Kalmoesfontein, with old shorts and freshly pedicured feet, to make an invaluable contribution to the success of our 2012 harvest.

It is time to get into the kuipe with the grapes.

We are excited to have our closest companions around on this important day in the harvest calendar. There will be stomping, there will be braaiing, there will be drinking.

Watch this space for pictures and updates.

Have a great weekend!

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for the love of meat and wine

When you think about celebrating Valentine’s Day you probably conjure up pictures of pretty couples eating dinner by candlelight. Maybe you envision tacky window displays of hearts and bouquets of red roses or cuddly toys and boxes of chocolates… 

We head over to Melissa’s Food Shop on Kloof Street and did it a little different this year. Keeping in mind that 2012 is a leap year, we catered for the men and took care of South Africans’ biggest love affairs: braai, wine and humour.
Infamous Afrikaans Rap artist Jack Parow tanned a few lamb chops on the braai, deliciously marinated in his own Parow Braai Sauce. Food from the Karoo meats, available at all Melissa’s Food Shops, is the real deal – no preservatives, no additives, in fact no human interference at all. Just lamb, as nature intended it to be.
Together Adi and Jack were the Hairy Beasts, a theme inspired by the quirky gingerbread person range Melissa’s got into store for the month of love. Adi poured guests some of our fine wines, also on sale at Melissa’s (Kloof Street and Stellenbosch stores only) from the entry level ‘value for money’ Secateurs to the ‘spoil your wife’ premium range – the Badenhorst Family Wines. 
Parow Sauce and Secateurs – the love affair of the day!
Kids at Jan v Riebeek High School across the road, screaming for Jack’s attention!

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Swing by Melissa’s Food Shop on Kloof Street this Valentine’s Day to see our secret ingredients in action.

Jack Parow & Adi Badenhorst, our Hairy Beasts, will make your hearts pump meat and wine this lovers day. 


Join us for a knee buckling lunch where the braai master Jack will show you how to braai for your bokkie, while Adi will whispers in your ear that a spoonful of sugar will make it all better!



We will light the fire around 11h30, so don’t arrive much later than 12h00, otherwise you might not get ‘n ribbetjie…

RSVP to aabadenhorstwine(@)gmail(dot)com by Friday the 10th of Feb if we can expect to see your face covered in JP braaisous.

Like Jack says: ““Baby, voor ek jou oopmond soen, sê vir my,
kan jy braaibroodjies maak…?”