Thursday, December 23, 2010

Seasons greetings from our family to yours!

The calendar year has come to an end and we are all off for a short break before the harvest starts...

News from Kalmoesfontein is that the farm is looking more and more beautiful every day and as you might have seen our sexy new concrete tanks are in place (officially making them the most expensive winery equipment after the vega coffee machine).

The cellar has just about been cleaned out of wine due to the wonderful sales we enjoyed this year and in 2011 we will endeavour to make even better wines for all those who loyally support us.

The vines are in excellent condition and there is quite a large crop hanging - this is all relative though;  if we get more than 4tons/ha of Chenin Blanc it’s a big crop! But the vines are healthy and look like they are ready to jump into a bottle of AA Badenhorst or Secateurs!

We will start to harvest our Verdehlo grapes from the middle of January and the whole team is looking forward to the first fermenting juice - from then on there will be a steady flow of grapes coming in and once again, we woun’t do anything fancy in the cellar - we let the grapes and vineyards speak for themselves!

Jasper Wickens, wine enthusiast, wine maker and party man extraordinaire is once again joining us for the vintage to chase the spice and all things nice!

Wishing you a safe and wine filled festive season,
Thanks for all the support and we look forward to a memorable 2011!

From everyone on Kalmoesfontein, over and out for 2010!
Family portraits by neighbour Maree Louw,!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Wine of the month, and what a month it is!

It's 10 days to Christmas and this year has surely flown by! This December Kim Hoepfl, wine expert at Woman&Home magazine, makes our AA Badenhorst White Blend 2008 her WINE OF THE MONTH>
Happy holidays, pick your wine right;) 

Monday, December 13, 2010

Secateurs on Christmas eve...

David Williams picked a few wines for the festive season in The Observer - and our Secateurs Red blend will be next to the xmas tree this season as they get into the festive spirit.

Make sure you have a bottle of two close by, find out where to buy (clicky-click) or mail to place an order that we can deliver to your door (in most major cities of South Africa)... 

"Something like the gutsy, southern Rhône-style AA Badenhorst Secateurs Red Blend, Swartland, South Africa 2009 (£9.99, with its succulent mix of dark fruit and wild herbs..."

Or try a Chenin if you are having a summer Christmas under the African sun! 

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Pardon that Vine interview in Manhattan

Adi talks about wine, blends, um foreskins, "working on the rich man's land" and breaking free to do his own thing, from a rooftop in Manhattan, NYC.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Ho Ho Ho and a bottle of Secateurs!

Hamish Anderson, Head Sommelier and Wine Buyer for Tate Britain chooses the wines for the Telegraph Magazine's Christmas table. Our Secateurs Chenin is the only South African wine that tickles his fancy. So I guess this year it's Ho Ho Ho and a bottle of Secateurs...

So add this wine to your shopping list when getting ready to celebrate life, love and family this festive season.