Le Bourgette Estate
Franschhoek Literature Festival 2019
Porcupine Ridge from Boekenhoutskloof in Franschhoek is proud to sponsor the Franschhoek Literary Festival.
Porcupine Ridge wines were launched in 1996 and have grown to be one of the most recognised wine brands in South Africa. Being located in the Franschhoek valley, Porcupine Ridge has always taken a keen interest in the development of the town, and so it made perfect sense to support the Franschhoek Literary Festival when the opportunity arose.
The Franschhoek Literary Festival (FLF) has gained a worldwide reputation as a respected celebration of books and writers, with a focus on promoting South African writing and reading, while exposing book lovers to some of their favourite international authors.
Photographer: Sandro Tasso
Wide Angle photo studio
Sony A7III Sony 16-35mm f2.8 GM and Sony 70-200mm f2.8 GM and Godox V860II for the opening evening shots.
June Wedding sneak peek
Location: The Royal Hotel in Riebeek Kasteel
I was the “hottest” wedding ever I think we have reached over 42ºC… it was a long day but full of joy and love!
Olympus gear used Olympus OM-D EM-1 mark II and different lenses Olympus 12-40mm f2.8 PRO | Olympus 40-150mm f2.8 PRO | Olympus 45mm f1.2 PRO | Olympus 25mm f1.2 PRO | Olympus 17mm f1.2 PRO
Photographer Sandro Tasso Wide Angle photo studio
Kevin and Stephen wedding
Some pictures taken during Kevin and Stephen wedding at Grand Provence Wine Estate in the beautiful valley of Franschhoek
Venue: Grand Provence Wine Estate
Grande Provence Wine Estate wears her 325-year history with dignity. Nestled in the beautiful Franschhoek Valley in South Africa’s Western Cape, her lush vines spread across 47 acres. Rolling vistas frame the valley floor and heighten the drama of the rugged mountains beyond. Barely a one-hour drive from Cape Town, this is heartland South African Wine Country at its very finest.
Gear: Olympus OM-D Em-1 mark II and Zuiko 12-40mm f2.8 PRO | Zuiko 40-150mm f2.8 PRO | Zuiko 45mm f1.2 PRO
Photographer: Sandro Tasso Wide Angle photo studio
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
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Gear: Olympus OM-D EM-1 mark II | Zuiko 12-40mm f2.8 PRO | Zuiko 40-150mm f2.8 PRO
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