Nitida Calligraphy 2014

Nitida Calligraphy 2014

Nitida Calligraphy 2014

Description of the wine from Nitida Wine Farm

I went for lunch at Cassia Restaurant and because it was my birthday they gave me as a present this wonderful wine so I decided to take a nice picture of it!

A rare combination of elegance with personality which will flourish into maturity! Blackberry, mulberry and red cherry feast captivates while firm dustings of Jarrah wood and dark cacao hint of the future. Will be brilliantly hosted by kudu carpaccio and pot roast guinea fowl pie.

‘Great wine is made in the vineyard’, this being ever-true in the case of Bordeaux varietals such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Meticulous leaf removal around the bunch zone allowed for improved sunlight penetration, thus ensuring optimal ripening and colour and flavour development. The Cape’s many winds served to further reduce our yields ensuring optimal fruit concentration. After selective hand-harvesting, the grapes are de-stemmed and individual berries are sorted across a vibrating table ensuring only the best grapes make their way to fermentation tanks. Fermentation takes place in open-top fermenters with punch-downs every four hours ensuring optimal colour, tannin and flavour extraction. The wine is then matured in 100% French oak (38% new oak) for twelve months followed by light filtration prior bottling.

Rose Cottages

Rose Cottages

Rose Cottages

Set amongst the vineyards and mountains of Franschhoek, this guest accommodation offers self-catering cottages with a private pool and barbecue facilities. Free private parking is also available on site Franschhoek Rose Cottages.

The property features spacious, elegantly decorated cottages with a seating area and a fully equipped kitchen. Each cottage has a fireplace, and opens onto a patio with loungers overlooking the mountains and the pool.

Guests can prepare their meals in the privacy of their cottage, or enjoy gourmet dishes in one of the nearby restaurants.

Fishing, hiking, horse riding, and golf are some of the activities offered in the surrounding area.

 

Reuben’s Restaurant

Reuben’s Restaurant

Reuben’s Restaurant

Food photography

The new Reuben’s Restaurant is situated just off the main street in Franschhoek,  2 Daniel Hugo Rd and  much of what guests have come to love about the Reuben’s experience remain, but it’s presented in new, fresh and personal packaging, with Reuben and Maryke’s personalities and tastes evident throughout. “The gap between maintaining the heart and soul of the Reuben’s experience, which our guests have come to know and trust over the years, and all of the potential and excitement of something new and completely ours, is where our creativity can really be let loose and flourish,” says Reuben Riffel. “It’s time for a new look and for pushing ourselves to constantly offer our customers a better experience, and we’re bursting with positive energy for everything to come!”

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Reuben’s Restaurant

Reuben’s Restaurant

The new Reuben’s Restaurant is situated just off the main street in Franschhoek,  2 Daniel Hugo Rd and  much of what guests have come to love about the Reuben’s experience remain, but it’s presented in new, fresh and personal packaging, with Reuben and Maryke’s personalities and tastes evident throughout. “The gap between maintaining the heart and soul of the Reuben’s experience, which our guests have come to know and trust over the years, and all of the potential and excitement of something new and completely ours, is where our creativity can really be let loose and flourish,” says Reuben Riffel. “It’s time for a new look and for pushing ourselves to constantly offer our customers a better experience, and we’re bursting with positive energy for everything to come!”

For reservations please email to reservations@reubens.co.za

Photographer: Sandro Tasso

 

 

FFG Futurum Financial Group

FFG Futurum Financial Group

FFG Futurum Financial Group

was formed on 1 October 1998. FFG has been assigning our experience and resources for more than 27 years, providing seamless, tailor, made insurance and risk solutions for top South African public companies, thousands of privately owned businesses and many more private individuals.

FFG is a leading independent financial services company, delivering a broad range of financial services and products. We specifically focus on areas of Wealth Creation and Preservation, Asset Risk Management Insurance Solutions and Employee Benefit Solutions. With more than 150 colleagues nationally, FFG unite to add value for clients via innovative and effective risk and people solutions and through industry leading resources and technical expertise.

FFG has the resources and network to support your company’s growth. As an insurance based financial services provider, FFG focuses its activities on its key markets in strategie destinations throughout South Africa. With strong capabilities, matched by high standards of professionalism, we aim to be trusted as a corporate citizen that responds to the diverse expectations of stakeholders, including shareholders, customers, business partners, and employees.

Transformation plays a pivotal part of our growth strategy in South Africa.

FFG has become the cornerstone for many successful individuals and businesses in numerous sectors.

Photographer: Sandro Tasso

Location: Wide Angle photo studio Paarl

 

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

 

 

Cassia Restaurant

Cassia Restaurant

Cassia Restaurant

With its beautiful natural setting, Cassia Restaurant is a wonderful country venue for a business conference, romantic wedding or a relaxing meal in the Cape Winelands.

Cassia Restaurant and function venue was recently added to the farms portfolio. Here eating is a stylish yet friendly experience with menus created to suit diverse appetites whims and pockets, highlighting local and seasonal ingredients.

Some pictures taken for one of the new menus.

For more information please visit their web site click here

All images taken with Olympus and Zuiko gear.

Photographer: Sandro Tasso

Franschhoek and Paarl

 

Destemming

Destemming time at Boekenhoutskloof Wine Farm Franschhoek

Destemming time at Boekenhoutskloof Wine Farm Franschhoek

The harvesting of wine grapes is one of the most crucial steps in the process of winemaking. The time of harvest is determined primarily by the ripeness of the grape as measured by sugar, acid and tannin levels with winemakers basing their decision to pick based on the style of wine they wish to produce. The weather can also shape the timetable of harvesting with the threat of heat, rain, hail, and frost which can damage the grapes and bring about various vine diseases. In addition to determining the time of the harvest, winemakers and vineyard owners must also determine whether to use hand pickers or mechanical harvesters. The harvest season typically falls between August & October in the Northern Hemisphere and February & April in the Southern Hemisphere. With various climate conditions, grape varieties, and wine styles the harvesting of grapes could happen in every month of the calendar year somewhere in the world.

After the grapes are sorted, they are ready to be de-stemmed and crushed. For many years, men and women did this manually by stomping the grapes with their feet. Nowadays, most wine makers perform this mechanically. Mechanical presses stomp or trod the grapes into what is called must. Must is simply freshly pressed grape juice that contains the skins, seeds, and solids. Mechanical pressing has brought tremendous sanitary gain as well as increased the longevity and quality of the wine.

The destemmer, which is a piece of winemaking machinery that does exactly what it says, removes the stems from the clusters and lightly crushes the grapes.

Modern crushing and destemming machines consist of a large steel or aluminum trough with a screw in the bottom. As the screw turns the grapes are gently squeezed and pulled from the stems at the same time. Out one end pops the stem and out the other is your elixir of life (to be). 

For white wine, the wine maker will quickly crush and press the grapes in order to separate the juice from the skins, seeds, and solids. This is to prevent unwanted color and tannins from leaching into the wine. Red wine, on the other hand, is left in contact with the skins to acquire flavor, color, and additional tannins.

Shot in Franschhoek at Boekenhoutskloof Wine Farm

Gear: Olympus OM-D EM-1 mark II

Lenses: Zuiko 25mm f1.2 PRO | Zuiko 40-150mm f2.8 PRO

 

Franschhoek Uncorked 2016

Franschhoek Uncorked 2016

Franschhoek Uncorked 2016 at Boekenhoutskloof Wine Farm
Lot of fun lot of wine what else? The Chocolate Block
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.

 

Clarity Diamonds

Clarity Diamonds

At Clarity Diamonds a diamond undertakes a long journey from its rough form to the brilliant polished diamond we all know.

Our obsession with diamonds has led us to evolve from diamond mining, right through to the polishing of these amazing gemstones.

We have perfected this journey by combining the latest technology, highly skilled workmanship and well founded tradition.

We pride ourselves on only delivering the best product to our clients, forming long standing client relationships by delivering a truly personalised and dedicated service.

We believe that delivering only the best quality diamonds is the sole way to satisfy our clients, and which is why we are continuously upgrading our polishing facilities and investing it the latest technology.

Our Moto is simple  “Perfection on every facet “

for more info on Clarity Diamonds please visit their web site on clicking on this link

All images taken with Olympus cameras Pen F and Olympus OM-D EM-1 with Olympus 60mm f2.8 Pana Leica 15mm f1.7 Olympus 40-150mm f2.8 and Nokton 50mm f1.5