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!)
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.
The Paardeberg locals aka Partyberg regulars convened at Adi’s 40th and made an executive decision to have more parties. “People need to get together for more than just christenings, birthdays and funerals” – says Eben (Sadie).
And so we got together on Kalmoesfontein for the 1st of these “any-reason-to-party” parties- celebrating International Grenache Day (a day early).
Adi, telling us we need to have more parties. No one objected to the motion.
Adi giving us a tour of the gallery, winery.
This is how you open a Paardeberg Perle. Yes that is a hammer.
Most of us had a slow start to the actual Grenache day, but it was well worth it. Hope you celebrate this special grape tonight and have a great (long) weekend (for the South Africans, enjoy “braai day” and make sure there are some good wines to celebrate our great wine heritage.)
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?
On Saturday 26 May we hosted our first ever “Tasting Brunch Saturday”.
Adi’s cousin (always keeping it in the family) and her wine club from Cape Town came through with all their husbands, kids and questions. The morning was a great success and soon we will be hosting these on a regular basis.
Glass in hand we will guide you through the property.
After the rains there are plenty of Shaggy Ink Caps have sprouted up on the grass.
Kids will keep themselves entertained…
while adults enjoy a “cellar tour” Kalmoesfontein style.
Adi: “We don’t make a cap classic, that’s too wanky” – this is the Paardeberg Perle.
farm breads and jam
eggs benedict on herb rosti with crispy bacon and hollandaise sauce
roasted ripe tomatoes and fesh herbs
boerewors on the braai
tea and coffee
The Swartland will be sad to see you go (and vice versa)
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