Rated!

We might not be the kind of winery that (takes time to) stick medals and awards on our wines or hang certificates on our walls (too much taxidermy and too many Tintin posters to put up!) but it is kind of nice to hear what experts think of our wines.

Experts like James Molesworth from the Wine Spectator. And so it was rather lekker to get these two ratings / write ups via our US distributors, in our inboxes last night.

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Brightly defined, with delicious quince, persimmon and green almond notes forming a core that is threaded with quinine and white ginger details. A light touch of toast on the finish lets the fruit and minerality play out. Drink now through 2019. 15,000 cases made.
–JM
 
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 White peach, yellow apple, heather and verbena notes are still tightly coiled at the core, while makrut lime and racy chamomile hints streak through the finish. This has purity and depth, and should unwind well in the cellar. Chenin Blanc, Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Verdelho, Clairette Blanche, Viognier, Sémillon, Marsanne and Palomino. Best from 2018 through 2022. 500 cases made.

-JM

Cheers!

Look and Like

We’re on Instagram (when the wifi works or the cellphone has reception, or that rare, magical moment when both collide) so keep an eye on @kalmoesfontein for lekker pictures of grapes, dogs, kids, wine, visitors, weddings, vineyards, sunsets, sunrises, events, shoots, features, chickens, braais and other random things happening on our little spot on the Paardeberg.

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#convivium2016

Now that is what I call a good weekend.

On Saturday and Sunday we hosted the second edition of Convivium – a movement in food. Conceptualised by Andy Fenner (Frankie Fenner Meat Merchants) and Wesley Randles (The Shortmarket Club) the event saw it’s first installment on Kalmoesfontein last year in February. This year, with the help of foodie event specialists Studio H and the support of many top producers and growers, the weekend totally blew us away.

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On Saturday we served

  • breakfast – prepared by Collete Robert (The General Store) in the veggie garden
  • lunch by Wesley Randles (The Shortmarket Club) & Jess Grant (The Table) in Die Bos
  • and dinner by PJ Vadas (Hoghouse) & Ash Heeger (ASH) at the Old House

to 70 chefs and industry insiders. These guests also had the opportunity to listen to some incredibly inspiring talks by some very passionate and intriguing humans.

Find out more about who they were and what they talked about – here.

On Sunday we served up a lunch like no other for the almost 150 lucky guests. With chefs like Wesley, Ash, Karen Dudley (The Kitchen), Jason Lilley (Jason’s Bakery), Emma Hofmans (Halleluyah) and Angelo Scirocco (Urbanology) – to name only a few, click here for a more complete list – cooking on open fires, under ground, with veggies from the garden and eggs from the chickens it was a treat from first bite to last lick of the plate.

It is a hard thing to put into words what we took away from all the stories and talks about responsibilities outside the kitchen and restaurant, the many angles of ethical and sustainable ‘from farm to table’ supply chains, networking tips and so much more.

I guess you had to be there…

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Pictures from Instagram, search #convivium2016.

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Find out more at www.conviviumtable.co.za and keep an eye out on this blog for more pictures, coming soon.

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.

 

 

Ditjies en Datjies

We’ve been busy on (and off) Kalmoesfontein.

Here are some pictures (shot by Stephanie Veldman, link to more here) from Theo and Janita’s wedding on the farm in late May.

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Meanwhile Adi cooked for The Great South African Cookbook which launches TODAY – since today is Madiba Day and the proceeds of this great book goes towards The Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Adi and Lars attended Imbibe Live in London with Caperitif, Jasper tasted his way through Spain and Portugal, Helena launched a Swartland wine onto a Stellenbosch wine list and we’ve had some rain, glorious rain.

There are also plans for the 2016 edition of Convivium in the pipeline, Sunday lunches coming up and a bit of a ‘if we can’t have a Swartland Revolution we’ll just throw our own early November party’ event, coming soon.

Also, we’ll be in Johannesburg with all our SIP friends on 11/12 November – keep an eye on the Swartland Independent Facebook page for details, coming soon!

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