February on the farm

Exciting times:

Our friends Jon came to take areal shots of the farm with is drone – that’s my home!

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99% of the grapes are in for harvest 2016.

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We hosted the International Food and Wine Society for a “mini revolution” complete with Adi, Andrea, Callie and Eben, Where is Callie placemats, a harvest buffet by Judy Badenhorst and an informal SIP tasting. IMG_0183IMG_0192IMG_0196

Caperitif also received some great publicity – keep an eye on its website for more!

And now for the news from Kalmoesfontein…

I went travelling and neglected the blog a bit, so here is an update from the last two months. A few nice things people said about our products, some love for Adi and new record prices…

The Drinks Business reports on the first release of South African Barbarossa. A nice story of neighbours, farmers and winemakers working together to do something unique. Click here for the full story.

Meanwhile, at the Cape Winemakers Guild Auction, Adi’s 2015 auction wine, the AA Badenhorst Family Wines Graniet-Berg 2013 set a new auction record for a white wine at R7‚000 for a case of six. This news was apparently so big, even my 92 year old Gran told me about it when I returned… “Adi se wyn was op die tv-nuus.”

According to Business Day Live “Among the white wines, four beat last year’s record, including Ataraxia Under the Gavel Chardonnay 2014 at R6‚400‚ the AA Badenhorst Family Wines “Geel-Kapel” Muscat de Frontignan 2013 at R6‚000‚ and Jordan Chardonnay Auction Selection 2014 at R5‚800.”

Neil Pendock wrote this about the Geel-Kapel shortly before the auction:

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In July we hosted a writer for American Travel and Leisure magazine in the cottage and she wrote a nice article about the four founding members of The Swartland Revolution (the 2015 edition being just over two weeks away!).

While Tim Atkin (MW) wrote a story after the New Wave South Africa tasting in London last month, noting that “here is proof that South Africa is currently the most exciting wine-producing country on the planet…” (we’ll take that!) and Lonely Planet named the Swartland one of the top 10 Most Intriguing wine regions in the world. Let’s hope we don’t get wandering backpackers showing up for tastings… By appointment only hippies!

The Swartland is heating up (literally) while we have still had only about 45% of the rainfall we needed to get this winter and like I said, the Revolution is around the corner…

See you there?

For news about Caperitif and Swaan Tonic Water, please visit our other site www.caperitif.com.

after a while

You may (or may not) have noticed that things slowed down a bit on our blog and social media feeds over the last two months. That is because every April and May ‘the cousin who does the marketing and web stuff’ heads off into the middle of nowhere, in the Tankwa Karoo, to run the crew that build up and break down AfrikaBurn. This year was no exception.

But, now I am back from the dust, Adi is back from his tour of Scandanavia and London, Cornelia has returned from Holland and we are ready to roll with winter on the farm.

Here is a rather blurry picture of Adi, spotted at the London Wine Fair last week. Seems apt.

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Meanwhile, we hosted a wedding in April – a Dutch affair. More pictures here. 

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advocate report

Last night Adi casually mentioned the wine advocate ratings in conversation. Today I went to take a look at the latest scores and, while Adi will never ‘gooi’ them into a tasting or mention them at a trade show, I have to brag.

With a high score of 93 and the lowest score at 87 we score a whopping 90.8% average, something none of us can claim to ever have achieved in high school…

Below is a summery of the scores. Not to shabby hey Nige…

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tasty tastings

Tonight we will be pouring and tasting at &union. The tasting is fully booked – but if you are confirmed you can look forward to:

Secateurs Chenin Blanc 2013

Secateurs Red Blend 2012

AA Badenhorst Family Wine Red Blend 2010

AA Badenhorst Family Wine White Blend 2010

and the non-vintage Funky White.

All of these will be on sale at cellar door prices after the tasting.

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On Thursday we will be back in Ape Town to pour, taste and chat at the first ever Wine Market at the City Bowl Market on Hope Street. Check out the event here.

Hope to see many familiar and new faces there.