Friday things

Never a dull moment on the Partyberg. It is Friday and there are lots of things happening on Kalmoesfontein.

The flowers are in bloom,

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new wines are going into bottle,

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and we’re prepping for a trade tasting (and lunch) tomorrow.

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Meanwhile Greg Sherwood (MW!) posted nice things about the 2015 Raaigras Grenache, and I quote:
“This must be one of South Africa’s best Grenache reds. Coming from old vines planted on Adi Badenhorst’s farm on the decomposed granite hills of the Paardeberg, Swartland in 1951, this wine shows such Grenache purity, power and authenticity.”

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and our Chenin is included in a tasting line up, in Stellenbosch (of all places).

Happy Friday indeed! Cheers.

The CWG Auction is coming.

The annual Cape Winemaker’s Guild auction is around the corner. Adi was recently filmed talking about his entry, the AA Badenhorst Family Wines Chase The Spice Swartland Shiraz 2014.

And, in the spirit of collaboration, he has also entered two wines which he made side by side with good friend Duncan Savage. This is the first ever collaborative wine between two members of the guild and we suspect these wines are going to sell quicker than you can say “bromance”.

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Blog update: Christian Eedes gave the Red Loveboat 95 points, read more HERE> and Cathy Marston reckons it is as fine a wine as she’s had in a long time (click here for more).

The 2017 CWG Auction:

Date:  Saturday, September 30, 2017
Start Time:  09:00 (Collection of bidder’s paddles from 08:00)
Venue:  Spier Conference Centre, Stellenbosch

And we’re off!

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After a few weeks of quiet cellar preparations the first grapes have arrived.

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And the winner is:

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Two tons of Palomino came in from the Sout van die Aarde (Afrikaans, meaning Salt of the Earth) vineyard on the West Coast this morning!

I was too late and the boys in the cellar too busy (sticky fingers) to get a picture but I have been assured that the grapes are looking beautiful!

Meanwhile, the vintage might change but the rules stay the same:

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While The Guardian proclaimed Grenache the toughest grape in the world and Forbes put the Swartland on their list of the top 12 underrated wine regions to visit in 2017.

We happen to have the oldest Grenache in the Swartland on Kalmoesfontein, so be sure to (make an appointment to!!) come visit us soon (and by soon I mean AFTER the harvest.)

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Here’s to a five-star 2017!

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!

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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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Convivium – innovation in food!

We are proud to be hosting this event on our farm next weekend!

The 1st of February sees the inaugural Convivium festival being hosted in South Africa. Drawing on inspiration from MAD Symposium, Cook It Raw, Terra Madre etc. The event is conceptualized by Wesley Randles (head chef at The Pot Luck Club) and Andy Fenner (owner of Frankie Fenner Meat Merchants), the event aims to showcase food, chefs and producers in the most primal way possible.

“The way to do this is to close the gap between the end product (a meal) and the starting point (the earth and the animal),” explains Fenner. Together with Randles, the pair have hooked in some of the most celebrated chefs in the country. Luke Dale-Roberts, PJ Vadas, Markus Farbinger, Liam Tomlin and George Jardine are some of the high profile names you can expect to see cooking on the day. But the entire experience is about more than a good meal. Fenner explains that “by stripping out the frills and unnecessary bullshit that sterile cooking environments can lead to, this is a stage for real collaboration, real inspiration and real connection.” Randles adds “we want to create a feeling of camaraderie amongst local chefs. This is a stage to share ideas and to share the common love of our craft.”

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The main theme of the event is to shine light on producers and to get attendees interacting with each other and the participating chefs. The chosen chefs have been curated because of strong, clearly identifiable food philosophies. Being a good chef is not what this day is about. Well…it’s not only what this day is about. This day is about a movement. It is about getting back in touch with what cooking actually means. Common problems and concurs of the industry will be addressed in discussions throughout the day. Along with the participating chefs and producers, Fenner and Randles want to explore various topics in the form of informal interactions. Topics include:

Sustainability

What are we doing to the earth and ourselves? We cannot continue to over-consume the way we are. Serious issues need to be looked at like nutrition, overfishing, battery farming etc. but there is also a creative energy that comes from being outside, in touch with nature and ingredients. Experts need to champion sustainable local ingredients, with a big focus on edible plants and herbs. Wastage and over consumption can be addressed too.

Heritage

Continuing the idea of exploring fynbos and herbs, we need to explore various techniques on how to best utilise them. By looking backwards we can look forwards and develop as chefs and producers. There are various ingredients, meat prep techniques and cuts that have been forgotten that need to be re-introduced. We need to celebrate South African produce and culture by drawing a clear line in the sand of how we want to prepare food. And how we want to serve and eat it.

Collaboration

There are no airs and graces at Convivium. This is a day for chefs to share knowledge, as much as they share food. And wine. Kitchens have a way of becoming isolated environments, working as closed entities. But we need to look around. We need to feed off each other’s ideas sometimes. Chefs who say they aren’t bothered with what other chefs are cooking are a dying breed. There is nothing wrong with learning from one another and taking ideas TO MAKE THEM YOUR OWN. Inspiration is everywhere if you know where to look – this day just makes it that much easier to see.

Celebration

Let’s not overlook this. The day promises to be a whole lot of fun. This is a time to open a great bottle of wine and raise a glass to each other. This day builds the community by bringing farmers, butchers, fishermen, chefs, winemakers, brewers and bakers together. This can be a brutal industry, but we have all chosen it. And we have all done that because we love it. Let’s recognise each other’s efforts. By first recognising each other.

The day’s events include:

8.00:    Pick up from Franky Fenner Meat Merchants, Church Street, Cape Town

9.15:    Arrival at Badenhorst Family Wines, Kalmoesfontein

9.30:    Meet & Greet

Coffee & pastries from Jasons, Espresso Lab and Rosetta

Cured meats from Frankie Fenner Meat Merchants

10.30:  Jorgensen’s Distillery gin tasting

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12.00:  Spending time interacting with chefs and producers while they prepare for the banquette

14.00:  Chefs, producers & guests sit down together to enjoy the feast – with Swartland wines!

17.30:  Pick up from Kalmoesfontein

18.45:  Return to Frankie Fenner Meat Merchants

Chefs Involved:

Luke Dale-Roberts, George Jardine, Franck Dangereux, Liam Tomlin. These chefs will oversee a lot of the cooking and will cook dishes to compliment pre-planned courses. These are dishes created off the cuff, and will be done by arriving and drawing inspiration from the “pantry”. Tables of herbs, baskets of fruit, Adi’s vegetable garden, a side of pork, a whole forequarter, sausage casings and grinders, fresh oysters, edible plants etc. to be displayed for chefs to make use of.

Vanessa Marx & Kobus Van Der Merwe. Team one.

Markus Farbinger, Liezie Mulder & PJ Vadas. Team two.

Jason Lilley & Ivor Jones. Team 3.

Producers Involved:

Frankie Fenner Meat Merchants

Buffalo Ridge Mozzarella

Honest Chocolate

Rosetta Roastery

Jorgensen’s Distillery

Badenhorst Wines

Swartland Independent Wine Producers

Werner Karg (farmer at Oak Valley)

Espresso Lab

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The day, including transport (optional), food and drinks is R1500 per head

Please RSVP and send proof of payment to wesley@thepotluckclub.co.za by Wednesday the 21st of January in order to secure your place. There are only 7 seats still available.

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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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