To keep busy during the months when the wine, well, makes itself and we just do the occasional pump over or marketing trip… we have started to make a few other things…
BEER: Our first offer is the Pyl Uil (which, when pronounced in Afrikaans sounds like Pale Ale, but literally means common owl. “Pyl” is an arrow and is used to describe someone like Jack Parow or The Ninja…)
The Pyl Uil took its first flight at the 2013 Swartland Revolution.
The nest is currently empty, but hatching soon is the Vuil Uil (Dirty owl) and a possible Huil Uil (Crying Owl). Watch this space.
CAPERITIF: For almost a century mixologists and barmen have been looking for Caperitif, the ‘ghost ingredient’ found in numerous cocktail recipes but not produced anywhere in the world. In 2014 a Danish mixologist approached us with the idea to recreate it and together we have given birth to the 21st century version of this truly unique Cape Aperitif.
From the cellar of Kalmoesfontein and the mountain slopes of the Paardeberg we bring you Caperitif. Chenin Blanc fortified with spirit, gently sweetened by the sugar of the grapes, bittered by Quinchona bark and flavoured with some 35 truly Cape ingredients such as fynbos, kalmoes and naartjies.
TONIC WATER: We got tired of searching for an affordable, quality craft tonic water, so we made one ourselves.
Spring water with natural botanicals – quinine, lime, cardamon and mint. Less sugar more flavour. Bring on summer.
For a list of Cpt & Jhb retail outlets and how to order Swaan & Caperitif, click HERE.