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.)