A visual representation of when the single vineyards on and around the farm were harvested this year.
Everything came in in the span of 27 days, starting with the cellar block on 31 Jan and ending with the Ramnasgras Cinsault (planted in 1966!) on the 27th of Feb.
The Golden Slopes (since 1968) and Klipkop (1966) Chenin Blanc vineyards are neighbors and were ripe and ready within 24hours of each other.
There was not enough Tinta Barocca (from the mysteriously names Sk’Windjiesvlei) for a SV wine this year so it went into the Family Red.
Other single vineyard wines, from a little further afield, includes:
Geelkapel White Muskadel from a vineyard in the Moutonshoek farm behind Piketberg, planted in 1984 and harvested on 18 January this year.
Sout van die aarde (Salt of the earth) Palomino is a vineyard on the west coast, just north of Dwarskersbos. The vineyard, planted in 1961, is planted in sheer limestone soil and was ready to harvest on 24 January.
And the baby of the Single Vineyards, the Bokveld Pinot Noir planted in 2006 in the Koue Bokkeveld on the Ceres Plateau, was harvested on the 19th of February.
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.
Seems Ana is the only one who didn’t get the “working man’s blue” dress code memo. Rebel that one.
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…
It looks like it is Chenin season in the Northern Hemisphere, and our Secateurs seems to be amongst many people’s favourite…
Over the last few weeks we’ve seen recommendations and thumbs up from all over the north. From Temple Cellars in Singapore who made us their white of the week…
…to Paste Online Magazine’s dashing write up about Chenin (click click – read more here) which they recon “had fallen into fuddy-duddy grandpa-wine status until fairly recently” but now it’s real hip and our Secateurs is recommended cause it is “kind of… sensual, actually. Like it’s round in all the right ways and well-defined in all the right ways”…
Meanwhile winemag.com wrote a lovely piece focussing on the 2015 South African vintage saying “a fantastic 2015 vintage, have created a flood tide powerful enough to finally crash on our shore, ready to break existing expectations and create a new, well-earned reputation for South African wine as a serious contender on the world stage.” and we spotted one of our own and many of our favourite wines:
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.”
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.”
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.)