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.

Good report cards

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.”

It sure is Tim!

Our school report reads as follows:

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Not too shabby hey Nige.

Swartland Heritage Celebration

It is true, come November there will once again be a unique regional wine experience to attend. Like at the very successful Swartland Revolution of the past the Swartland Independent Producers want to share the good food, stunning scenery and diverse (award winning) wine of the region with fans and friends. This time in the scenic West Coast town of Paternoster!

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That’s right. International speakers, masterclasses, talks, tastings and music. And what the poster doesn’t tell you is that renowned local chef Bertus Basson has been confirmed as the weekend’s chef. Snacks, dinner, lunch…

For more info on the event and to buy tickets head over the the SIP website.

For more info on Bertus and his ventures, click here.

Please order tickets by emailing RSVP@studio-h.co.za – Book now, you will not be disappointed.

And we’re off!

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After a few weeks of quiet cellar preparations the first grapes have arrived.

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And the winner is:

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Two tons of Palomino came in from the Sout van die Aarde (Afrikaans, meaning Salt of the Earth) vineyard on the West Coast this morning!

I was too late and the boys in the cellar too busy (sticky fingers) to get a picture but I have been assured that the grapes are looking beautiful!

Meanwhile, the vintage might change but the rules stay the same:

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While The Guardian proclaimed Grenache the toughest grape in the world and Forbes put the Swartland on their list of the top 12 underrated wine regions to visit in 2017.

We happen to have the oldest Grenache in the Swartland on Kalmoesfontein, so be sure to (make an appointment to!!) come visit us soon (and by soon I mean AFTER the harvest.)

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Here’s to a five-star 2017!

Convivium is coming!

Last year we hosted the first ever Convivium with great success. Now we are very happy to announce that this world class local is lekker foodie event is on its way BACK>

Head over to the event’s brand new website to check it out. This year there will be two events, a Saturday full of information and experience for industry insiders and a Sunday lunch much like 2015.

Tickets for Sunday are on sale now.

 

 

Sunday Lunch (update SOLD OUT)

We’ve hosted brunches, dinners, tastings, weddings and parties on Kalmoesfontein – and now it is time to invite a few people over for Sunday Lunch on the farm.

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What?

A tasting of 7 of our wines (including two New Releases! and Caperitif).

followed by lunch on the stoep – for the first instalment we’ll be working with the Springbok Cornelia’s dad brought us!

Add some farm bread, cheese and jams, roasted seasonal veg and pudding by the ever popular Judy Badenhorst and you have yourself a meal!

32 seats only.

When?

Our first edition will take place on 24 July. 11h00 for 11h30.

Where?

From the cellar to the lawns to the stoep of Kalmoesfontein.

How?

Tickets at R350pp. Kids under 12 half price.

Book by emailing Helena on aabadenhorstwine@gmail.com

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Update: this lunch is SOLD OUT but mail aabadenhorstwine@gmail.com to get on the mailing list for when we decide on a next date!

February on the farm

Exciting times:

Our friends Jon came to take areal shots of the farm with is drone – that’s my home!

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99% of the grapes are in for harvest 2016.

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We hosted the International Food and Wine Society for a “mini revolution” complete with Adi, Andrea, Callie and Eben, Where is Callie placemats, a harvest buffet by Judy Badenhorst and an informal SIP tasting. IMG_0183IMG_0192IMG_0196

Caperitif also received some great publicity – keep an eye on its website for more!

In the harvest time…

It feels like this heatwave has been ongoing for ever. Forever I tell you. When it is still 30’C at 10pm it is hard to imagine it will ever cool down again, ever!

But, life goes on and the grapes are starting to come in. Last week our first Shiraz was picked, 22 tons of it! Meanwhile there is some good international publicity and a few nice emails from the other side of the world.

“You know that South African cinsault we tried?” he said. “I took the opened bottle to a dinner with a load of wine trade people and they went mad for it and said it was the best wine of the night. They were raving on and on about it.”

To read more from The Telegraph on our Ramnasgras, click here.

This morning I woke up to a very nice little note of thanks and praise from a family snowed in in Michigan, USA… hard to imagine in the dry hot Swartland summer, but nice to receive anyway:

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“a little vacation in a bottle,” like!

On a side note, if you were lucky enough to get tickets to Cape Town’s very first Gin & Tonic Festival, taking place next Saturday, keep an eye out for Swaan, we will be mixing with some exciting new local gins!

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