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.

SpogBoks Kollektiv III

It is Spog time again.

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Join us in the hinterland of the Hemel and Aarde Valley at the glorious Newton Johnson Vineyards fo the “SpogBoks Kollektiv III
Adi, Tyrrel, Miles, Sebastian, Gordon and Bevan (Adam has a sick note) is back for an early evening tasting of their latest vinous konkoktions. This will be followed by a street-food inspired dinner and fiesta in the Newton Johnson winery!
R500 is the per person kost, but if you pre-order (and pay for) your SpogBoks – a kollektion of 12 of the wines from the Kollektiv for R2500 – we will throw in the party for free! Viva la Fiesta!!

#harvest2018

All the grapes are in and things are starting to slow down (a little bit) in the cellar.

Harvest 2018 was late, tough, fast and small. But the fruit looks good and the juice is tasty.

 

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Some interesting notes and figures I spotted in the “grape intake book” include:

15 tons of Muscat de Frontignan (for Caperitif)

on 23 Feb an interesting combination of red grapes came in with a note “Port 2018″…

3,4tons of Raaigras Grenache (pictured above) and

431 kissies of Ramnasgras Cinsault…

 

Harvest Lunch

In the past we’ve been very serious about the “no nothing during harvest” rule. You may have even been on the receiving end of a “no-sorry/are-you-mad? never-in-harvest!” mail…

But that was back in the day when the team was tight and the person doing the tasting would have also been the person braaiing the meat and switching on the pump.

Now we are growing up fast. Early this year Adi’s brother Charl and his lovely wife Semma joined us in the Swartland, and with their wealth of experience in client relations and playing host they have added a new dimension to what we can offer.

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So, this February we hosted a few lunches for international groups. Adi’s mom Judy cooks, Semma and Charl hosts and helps prepare food, Cornelia makes everything look amazing and I just have to put out tasting glasses and spittoons while Adi only has to make a quick appearance, tell a joke and pour some wine.

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Basically what this post is saying is: You don’t have to be scared to ask us to host a group of people in harvest time any more!

Mail Semma on semma@aabadenhorst.com and you might just be in luck.

Groups of 10 – 30 preferred. aalunch3

#convivium2018

It has been a very hot, dry and BUSY start to the year on Kalmoesfontein.

Not only has the usual chaos of harvest ensued, but we’ve been hacking at agave, cooking piña and making mezcal while setting up and hosting Convivium 2018.

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What an honour to once again be the venue for this fantastic event. A celebration of conscious people making a real difference in the food and drinks industry in South Africa.

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From top chefs to wheat farmers, barmen and baristas, Convivium is at the forefront of a new (and important) movement in food.

Elle Deco did a nice review after the event (read it here) and there are SO MANY pretty pictures on Instagram (check out #convivium2018 or @conviviumtable) that we hardly need to say anything.

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We would just like to thank Andy Fenner and Wesley Randles (and the Studio_H team) for still entrusting us with hosting this inspirational event and for pushing us into the dry riverbeds and old farm cottages and beyond.

We hope you enjoyed the hot Swartland summer sun as much as we revelled in having you here.

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