The Chocolate Block 2018 Uncorked Festival 2019
Lot of fun lot of wine what else? The Chocolate Block 2018 at Boekenhoutskloof Franschhoek.
Come and taste The Chocolate Block 2018
The quest to understand the name of this wine and the wine itself is now the stuff of legend – it’s even launched a graphic novel (see here). While we are not about to reveal all, we can say that the style of the wine is a reflection of our belief that the Cape, with its Mediterranean climate, is eminently suited to blended reds. The make-up of this wine is tweaked from vintage to vintage to best reflect the season and the ancient vines of great character that are an integral part of the wine’s charm and personality.
For more info visit the internet page of Boekenhoutskloof press here.
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Barre Pilates at Pam Hammond Studios in Franschhoek.
Barre Pilates is a fusion of ballet-inspired moves with elements of Pilates, dance and strength training.
The results are rewarding – strong, flexible and lean bodies.
For more info please send email to Pam @ email@example.com
Photographer: Sandro Tasso
Models: Natalie and Jolandi
Camera: Sony A7III
Lens: Sony 35mm f1.4 and Sony 85mm f1.4 GM
Flash: Godox AD600 PRO + Godox AD200 MagMod MagSphere MagGel
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
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
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