The Châteauneuf red

The Châteauneuf red

The Châteauneuf red

Cuvée da Capo is, we very much hope, nothing to do with the Mafia, rather it is a single foudre of no specific provenance, which is selected only in exceptional years (2009, amazingly, did not make the cut) and aged for significantly longer than the Reservée. The resulting wine is often seen as the very best in the appellation. The 2010 is tighter than the Reservée, unsurprisingly, but behind the brooding beast there is an impressive fruit character….,the sweet and the savoury are rehearsing their pas de deux which will be sure to impress even the strictest of judges.
The Châteauneuf red (a small quantity of white is also produced) is a blend of 75% Grenache, 20% Syrah, with the remaining 5% being made up of Mourvèdre, Counoise and other varieties. The grapes are hand harvested and are then fermented without being de-stemmed. The cuvaison lasts for 12-15 days and the wine is then aged for around 18 months in old oak foudres. No fining or filtration is carried out. The Cuvée Laurence is the same wine as the Cuvée Réservée but is kept in wooden cask for another 18-24 months before being bottled. These are rich, robust and concentrated wines, which tend to show at their best with 7-8 years of bottle age.
Very expensive wine

Camera: Sony A7III

Lens: Sony 85mm f1.4 G Master

Location: Wide Angle studio Paarl

World Schools Festival 2019 in the spirit of Rugby

World Schools Festival 2019 in the spirit of Rugby

World Schools Festival 2019 in the spirit of Rugby

Affies vs Italian All-Stars U18

Location: Paul Roos Gymnasium Stellenbosch

First assignment with Sony Gear

Camera: Sony A7III

Lenses: Sony 70-200mm f2.8 | Sony 100-400mm + tc1.4

Harvesting onions

Harvesting onions

Harvesting onions
When onions start to mature, the tops (foliage) become yellow and begin to fall over. At that point, bend the tops down or even stomp on them to speed the final ripening process. Loosen the soil around the bulbs to encourage drying. Be sure to harvest in late summer, before cool weather.

Location: Ceres

Gear: Olympus OM-D EM-1 mark II | Zuiko 12-40mm f2.8 PRO | Zuiko 40-150mm f2.8 PRO

Merel

Merel

Merel

Few photos of Merel on white background in the studio.

Boekenhoutskloof underground cellar

Boekenhoutskloof underground cellar

Boekenhoutskloof underground cellar.
One of the oldest farms in the foothills of Franschhoek is Boekenhoutskloof, founded in 1776 and means ‘ravine of the Boekenhout’. Boekenhout is an indigenous Cape Beech tree and the figurehead of this farm is a lady who carries the dove of peace and hope and represents excellent quality which is prized by the winemaker, Marc Kent and the winery.
For more info on Boekenhoutskloof visit the web site click here
All photos taken in high resolution mode Olympus OM-D EM-1 mark II
Lenses Zuiko 7-14mm f2.8 PRO | Zuiko 12-40mm f2.8 PRO
Photographer Sandro Tasso
Wideangle photo studio
Porcupine Ridge MTB Challenge 2019

Porcupine Ridge MTB Challenge 2019

Porcupine Ridge MTB Challenge 2019

Make sure you are available on 26 January. The PORCUPINE RIDGE MTB CHALLENGE is now in it’s 20th year. 2019 promises to take you back to your MTB roots. Fun and exciting routes & trails in and around the Berg river Dam with spectacular views of the Franschhoek Mountains. These trails are ridden by very few with three routes on offer. We also welcome back our coach and race ambassador, Joanna Dobinson from Biking in the Bosch who will be in the mix and assisting all our riders.

Taking place at the Bridgehouse School on the 26th January 2019.

Long Route – 54kms | 7am |
Medium Route – 36kms | 7.45am |
Short Route – 12kms | 8am |

Don’t let the distances fool you! You will experience a mix of Single Track, Gnarly Down Hills, Steep Climbs and water crossings.

Main sponsor: Porcupine Ridge Wines from Boekenhoutskloof

 

 

Los Olivos at the Yard

Los Olivos at the Yard

Los Olivos at the Yard in the heart of the charming and historic village of Franschhoek, surrounded by majestic mountains and nestled amongst magnificent wine estates.

The penthouses are situated in the centre of Franschhoek at The Yard, an upmarket piazza surrounded by gently-flowing waterways offering the best location.The 4-star penthouses are uniquely decorated in a Colonial- African style, stylish and comfortable haven for your stay.
They are fully equipped for self-catering with secure off-street parking with local supermarkets nearby. In summer, have a leisurely breakfast, before taking a stroll through the village. The penthouses are air-conditioned and serviced on a daily basis.In winter, light a fire and spend a cozy evening curled up on one of the comfy sofas with a good book and a glass of excellent locally produced wine. Fleecy gowns and hot water bottles are provided. Los Olivos will provide you with a warm and welcoming haven from which to explore Franschhoek, so comfortable that it feels like a home from home.
Coco Africa

Coco Africa

Coco Africa

An innovative company designing and producing unique timber lifestyle products. Each item is skillfully crafted from wood, a priceless material, by gifted local craftsmen from the Franschhoek community. Coco Africa team focuses on the highest standards of manufacturing, joinery and finishing. This artistry results in the beautiful smooth finish, a trademark of Coco Africa’s products.

For wood care & other products visit cocoafrica.co.za all products are made in Franschhoek, South Africa for wood lovers…

All images taken with Olympus OM-D EM-1 mark II and Zuiko pro lenses

Photographer: Sandro Tasso

Dare to Explore

Dare to Explore African Adventures

Dare to Explore African Adventures

Corporate photo shoot at the beautiful Babylonstoren Wine Farm in Franschhoek.

www.daretoexplore.co.za

Just Property

Just Property

Just Property

Newly re-designed and completely modernised house with all bedrooms en-suite, a large open plan double volume lounge, kitchen and entertaining area with fully opening stacking doors connecting to a very spacious under-cover terrace, gallery and pool area with its wooden deck.

Location Franschhoek

Client: Just Property