Hey hey it’s Grenache Day… and since Kalmoesfontein is home to the oldest known Grenache vineyard in the land, planted in 1952(!) we usually celebrate 17 September pretending it is Raaigras’ birthday. This year the twelve long rows of Grenache Noir turns 69!
So we went looking for other cool things that happened in 1952… Like television’s first magazine-format program, the Today Show, made its debute on NBC with Dave Garroway hosting.
The Original Moulin Rouge movie hit the big screens, Patrick Swayze (may his soul dance in peace) and Jeff Goldblum (“Nice To Meet You, Mr. Dude”) were born and Capt. Vincent H. McGovern and 1st Lt. Harold W. Moore made the first transatlantic helicopter flight (July 15–31).
All good reasons to raise a glass and say a big CHEERS.
“Laduma” (literally, “it thunders” in the Zulu language) is the unique exclamation used by South Africans to celebrate a goal scored in soccer. (source)
Today I’m using it to announce our Tim Atkin scores…
Adi doesn’t make wine for awards or scores and we never enter any competitions (actually I lie, Adi and Hanneke made a sweet wine specifically for a competition this year because the prize is The Jan Smuts Award, but that’s a whole other story, which in itself explains our approach to awards).
You will find no stars or medals stuck on our bottles and no braggy social media posts announcing scores… But, from the marketing and sales side we’re sneaking in this post because we often get asked for scores and we think our 2021 SA report card from Tim Atkin is worth a blogpost.
From 90 points for Secateurs Rosé 2021 (which has a cellar door price of R80 and got a special mention as Best Value Rosé) to THREE wines (Kelder- & Klip Kop Steen and Ringmuur Cinsault), scoring 96 points, we feel like proud parents who want to brag with their kids’ achievements, even if they roll their eyes.
We’re happy to announce our ongoing wine sponsorship of Cape Town based Food Jams’ Pro Cook Classes. The series of pro cooking classes for not so pro cooks takes place (almost) every Wednesday in Salt River. The next few classes are about baking skills:
But the future also holds lessons on meat, sea food, foraging and more. Check it out on their website and enjoy a few glasses of Secateurs on us, while learning new skills. Winning.
If you’ve followed our story for a while you’ll know that we take the family side of our Family Wine business pretty serious. We believe in nurturing the flock and being inspired by each other’s creativity and talents. Half the team is related by blood or wedding band – one side or another. During lockdown Cornelia started painting a family tree on a wall in one of the bathrooms at the Old House Venue (a WIP). This comes in very handy today as I would like to introduce you to one of the youngest talents in the clan.
Introducing Jan Hendrik Hill @jan.h_photos (14), from the Coetzee branch of the tree.
Jan recently spent a few weeks locked down on the farm and used the time to work on his new hobby – photography. He took some amazing pictures with his Nikon camera.
We hope you also got to be a little creative during lock down…