As we head into harvest mode (the first grapes, Wit Muskadel for the Geelkapel came in late last week from the Moutonshoek) a quick look back at events from the farm over December and January.
Here’s the season to be married!
We hosted three weddings over the last month, with couples from London, the Netherlands and Ireland tying the knot. Late sunsets and warm evenings make for great parties.
It has been a pleasure working with all the amazing people who made this happen. From caterers like Slippery Spoon and The Southern Smoke to florists Michelle Smith and Jeanette from Paramithi Flower and coordinations Kick Bang! (Omnific Activities) and Blank Canvas events.
Photos in this post from these guys and Maree Louw / Kikitopgraphy. More professional pics coming soon.
Check out our venue page for more information on booking Kalmoesfontein for your next event!
“Ok, let’s get a family picture. Come, everyone!”
“Ugh, really? I’ll be the photographer”
“No Swaan, we can set a timer – once a year is not too much to ask. And put on the hats please. Everyone at least one thing that says ‘Christmas’.”
“Where is Oom Piet and Golden Slopes?”
“They’re gone – you know the Single Vineyard crowd – they never stay long!”
“And cousin 4th Rabbit?”
“He’s drunk – taking a siesta…”
“Oh, well, ok – line up everyone – and smiiiiile, say cheeeese!”
Wishing you a fun filled festive season – with loved ones that does not get annoying, good food, relaxing siestas and lekker local wines. Be blessed, be safe and take lots of pictures…
See you in the new year, when we hit the harvest running!
Visi Magazine mentions our Swaan tonic water in the latest issue.
You can order it by the case (I’ve personally put six cases aside for silly season entertaining) for cheaper than mentioned (R270 for a case of 24) from firstname.lastname@example.org – delivered to your door*
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Our Secateurs Range has been with us since the beginning. Often referred to as our ‘entry level wine’ it ticks all the boxes in that category – easy to find, easy to drink, easy to buy and easy to understand.
But, 2018 marks ten years of the Badenhorsts on the Paardeberg and it brought with it a few changes – even to ye old faithful.
– The Rosé
Die Rosé was die laatlammetjie, the youngest of the three kids. This year it got a bit of a facelift. A pink wine with a blue label. No gender stereotyping here…
100% Cinsault juice – we are currently on the 2018 vintage and it is quite frankly perfect for summer days around the pool or with a sea breeze in the air.
– The Red
Our Secateurs Red Blend has gone from being Shiraz based [Shiraz (56%) Cinsault (22%) Grenache (21%) Tinta Barocca (1%)] to new a blend dominated by Cinsault (82%) [with Shiraz (10%) and Grenache (8%)].
As Adi says: “We’ve turned the Red Blend a bit upside down, actually helemal bollemakiesie. Why? Because Cinsault is a fabulous grape and always a pleasure to drink. We have lots of Cinsault bushvines on Kalmoesfontein and so do the neighbouring farmers…”
And, this post is a thing because we were all in the office together and Hanneke said – “I think people should know that this is a much more ‘summer red wine’…”
So here you have it folks!
– The Chenin Blanc
Is the Chenin Blanc and will always be the Secateurs Chenin Blanc. It might be called Steen occasionally and, if you believe the internet, this one is widely regarded as the best value for money Chenin out there.
Drink lots of it this silly season!
These wines are a part of our family and we hope you enjoy many bottles of it with your family as the year races to an end!
A few pictures from last weekend’s second Swartland Independent Producers’ Heritage Festival in Paternoster.
While we all had lots of fun we realise we can do better and have since had a few serious meetings themed around “what it all means” and “how we can be a better collective of independents” while representing the real gees and offering of the Swartland.
Thank you to everyone who attended and anyone who gave feedback and input. The SHF will be back, with a bang, next November. Watch this space.
Hosted by: The Swartland Independent Producers | Event organisers: Studio_H
Creative director: Cornelia Badenhorst | Decor: Kick Bang Omnific
Photographer: Maree Louw | Location: Paternoster Vismark
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!
Pizza and wine, views and sunsets… what more? For details contact Semma@aabadenhorst.com.
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.
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?
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Episode two coming soon. This is an AA Badenhorst exclusive;)
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.
horse stables are being turned into accommodation
and the foundations for the new cool room are in
Never a dull moment out here!