Pizza please!

Years of anticipation has paid off – we have our own wood fired pizza oven on the farm.

Charl and Semma have been rolling dough and treating guests to fresh from the oven pizzas, and you can come too!

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Pizza and wine, views and sunsets… what more? For details contact Semma@aabadenhorst.com.

#SHF18 is coming…

The annual Swartland Independent (SIP) Heritage Festival is coming soon!

Once more taking place over the first weekend of November in the beautiful west coast town of Paternoster – this year’s edition features some interesting speakers and sought after chefs, alongside the SIP winemaking legends, obviously.

On the international speakers (and pourers) list this year we have Tom Lubbe of Domaine Matassa in Roussilon, France and Taras Ochota of Ochota Barrels in South Australia, mate.

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Lubbe at Matassa is well known for working with small parcels of very old vines, using biodynamic practices and making wines with no additives or processing aids. Sound familiar?

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While Taras Ochota will bring another epic beard and insight into the similarities (and differences) between what we know here in the Swartland and a life of surfing and making beautiful holistic wines with his wife Amber in the Adelaide Hills.

All tastings, drinks, talks and meals are included in your ticket and over the course of the weekend the food will be prepared by Cape Town favourite Ash Heeger, food camp champ Suzi Holtzhausen and Weskus local legends Oep ve Koep.

And to round it all off Valiant Swart and his guitar will bring some entertainment to the mix.

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There are still a few tickets available at R2950pp, so get on that – available on quicket (click here!) and for more info you can mail rsvp@studio-h.co.za.

 

Special single vineyards – part 1

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We recently had some fact sheets made for our wines and I would now like to share some of the information, especially of the special single vineyards we make wine from.

For our first post we take look at the history of the Raaigras Grenache – since we just celebrated this grape and vineyard! – Ramnasgras Cinsault and Piet Bok se Bos Steen vineyards.

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Episode two coming soon. This is an AA Badenhorst exclusive;)

Grenache groupies gathering

Last Friday we hosted a small International Grenache Day get together on Kalmoesfontein – I mean, we are home to the oldest Grenache vineyard in the country…

It was all very formal as we kicked off with speeches and PowerPoint data graphs, but it quickly dissolved into just a sharing of a few bottles of wine made from a great grape.

Callie and his smoker made sure we got some food in our bellies – always a winner.

Meanwhile:

horse stables are being turned into accommodation

and the foundations for the new cool room are in

Never a dull moment out here!

Welcome to the club!

So we did it, we came up with an outline for our wine club!

But what does it all mean? Well, we want to offer our club members:

– First choice on our wines, pre-release, at trade prices.

– First choice on rare bottlings, older vintages and magnums as we dig them out of our cellar.

– Discount on all accommodation bookings on the property.

– First option and invites to all farm tastings, lunches & events (including our legendary annual OesAf harvest party…)

– An invite to our annual wine club event (we’ll change up the season every year so you get to experience them all)

– First notice of events we will be attending or hosting in your city.

– Free delivery on 12 or more bottles of selected wines or orders over R4000, SA only.

But note, even with us, Ts&Cs apply…

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The First Official Offer that went out was for BIG bottles:

Ramnasgras Cinsault 2012 in magnum (1.5l)  – only 24 available.

Raaigras Grenache 2012 in magnum (1.5l)  – only 24 available.

Dassiekop Steen 2016 in double magnum (3l)  – this vintage of the single vineyard Chenin Blanc was only ever bottled in 3l – and there were(!) only 18 available.

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To join this very elite club (no club card yet, sorry) send Helena a mail on aabadenhorstwine@gmail.com and we’ll take it from there.

 

Join the club!

We’re used to setting trends, but this month we’re following one.

We are starting a Family Wine Club! Yup – join our inner circle and be the first to hear about events we host and take part in; wines we release (and don’t release further than the stoep of the old house); accommodation we open and other cards we find up our sleeves.

To join, fill out our lovely google form by clicking HERE. This will give us some more information about you before we customise our offer (to be honest, we havent quite figured it all out). BUT we are planning on hosting our first Wine Club Event on 26 August and there will be only 30 spots so JUMP <click click>.

Once you have filled out the form we will contact you with more event and club information. South Africans only for now. Jammer.

 

 

‘n Secateur is ‘n snoeiskêr…

This month we’ve been spending some time in the vineyards planting new vines for future generations of winemakers and drinkers. Winter time (and some well received rain) means we get our hands dirty outside the cellar as we put back into the soil what we take out every harvest.

Which brings me to this post, a well deserved tribute to the humble pruning shears. Oh, humble vineyard hand tool that we respect so much, we even gave it its own range of wines…

So, why the secateur?

To us the tool is a reminder of the importance of vineyard work, as it is used in some of the most critical actions such as pruning the vines and harvesting the grapes…

When we were playing around with names for our ranges (a decade ago kan jy dit glo!?) Adi considered the Afrikaans version “Snoeiskêr” but Cornelia, always the voice of reason, said it sounded too much like an Afrikaans punk rock band.

Today our range of Secateurs wines can be found all over the world and from there they also receive constant praise (non more than the ever popular Chenin Blanc though…).

So there you have it. Find you closest good wine shop and ask for a bottle of Secateurs – chances are even if they don’t have it they have heard about it.

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It is currently South African school holidays and Adi, Cornelia, Samuel and Ana went to relax in the Karoo. Cornelia’s mother Annette always organises good wholesome holiday activities for all the cousins.

This winter’s activities so far included pouring at a Caperitif tasting at the Prince Albert Museum, visiting the Reinett house (and the old vine) in Graaff Reinett and early morning tea amongst the agave…

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Sure beats a holiday in front of the TV, I’d say…

FATHER’S DAY 2018

– a poem for Adi and Charl by Judy Badenhorst.

Felicitations to fabulous, famous fathers

Fabled family both with fuzzy facial fur! No failed faculties here.

Farming, features fertilising fertile, friable fields whilst February finds them flourishing in 40C Fahrenheit fermenting and filtering & filling flagons for the faithful and foreign fans with fair fatigue.

Farmers, fly fishermen, in their forties (former fugitive from far firmly fits with family)….no fainthearted,flabby, feeble fellows these as they facilitate fantastic feasts. No finicky food for the famished fortunate as they flambé fine, flat, fleshy fish from fridge and fry fine fillets on flickering fire and freeze fruit whilst favourite, flirtatious filly flips flapjacks with flair after foraging for frogs and fronds in forest with fervour for functions.

Fledgling fowls and finches feature firmly on farm …with flying falcons

Frequent flights with family to foreign lands is favoured

Firm handed fathers fend for and fix first born boys with fists ….no FIGHTING or FARTING!

Find flamboyant, fragrant, femme fatale, flirtatious females in fashionable, floral, flimsy frocks and funkyfluffy furs frantically fixing furniture fastidiously with finesse for farmhouses.

I foresee favourable floods favouring freedom and fulfilling future with fanfare.

Thank you to my precious family. Yer loving Ma!!!

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Steen sipping season

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…

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…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”…

…and Dave McIntyre recommending it in The Washington Post as a [summer] sipping wine – Secateurs definitely has its glass half full right now.

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:

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For up to date posts about all the media we spot ourselves in, keep an eye on our Facebook Page and remember to follow us on Instagram for pretty pictures from the farm and beyond.