Semillon picking

Semillon picking

Semillon picking

Boekenhoutskloof Wine Farm Franschhoek South Africa.
Semillon is one of the Cape’s true heritage white varietals, with origins as early as the 17th century (when it became known as Groendruif which translates as Green grape), the grape variety accounted for more than 90% of plantings in the first half of the 19th century. While South African Semillon has not quite taken off as a serious commercial category in single varietal form in the modern era, there are stunning wines being made from especially older vineyards (some of them centurions). More often, the variety plays a role in beefing up the volume of Sauvignon blancs.

The best South African Semillons have juicy fruit with often an ethereal-like citrus perfume, fine texture, herbal interest and manage to marry the intensity of flavour with finesse.

The grape is also key to the production of sweet wines such as Sauternes. For the grapes to be used for sweet wine production, they need to have been affected by Botrytis (also known as “Noble Rot”). This fungus dries out the grapes, thus concentrating the sugar and flavours in the grape berry.
Infestation by Botrytis requires moist conditions. If the weather stays wet, the damaging form, “grey rot,” can destroy crops of grapes. Grapes typically become infected with Botrytis when they are ripe. If they are then exposed to drier conditions and become partially raisined this form of infection is known as noble rot. Grapes when picked at a certain point during infestation can produce particularly fine and concentrated sweet wine. Wines produced by this method are known as botrytized wines.
“noble rot,” it is a beneficial mold that grows on ripe wine grapes in the vineyard under specific climatic conditions. The mold dehydrates the grapes, leaving them shriveled and raisinlike and concentrates the sugars and flavors. Wines made from these berries have a rich, complex, honeyed character and are often high in residual sugar.

Photos by Sandro Tasso Wide Angle photo studio Paarl Franschhoek…

Players Western Province Swimming Club

Players Western Province Swimming Club

Players Western Province Swimming Club

photos of the new outfit 2018 for Players.

I have the opportunity to use the new lens from Olympus Zuiko 17mm f1.2 PRO and I have used the Godox Flash AD200 with a softbox.

 

 

 

Portrait session

Portrait session

Portrait session with this beautiful young “lady”

Gear used Olympus OM-D EM-1 mark II Zuiko 45mm f1.2 PRO and Zuiko 25mm f1.2 PRO and vintage filter

Location: Franschhoek

Capensis Fijnbosch Wine Farm

Capensis Fijnbosch Wine Farm

Capensis Fijnbosch Wine Farm

Harvest time at Capensis Fijnbosch Wine Farm situated above Bartinney in Stellenbosch.
South Africa’s Western Cape can be called both the oldest wine region of the New World and the newest wine region of the Old World. Capensis skillfully combines these two facets — the oldest and the newest — of Western Cape winemaking. It embodies the unparalleled quality that comes from old, gnarled vines planted in some of the oldest soils in the world, and it represents the young energy of a new generation of winemakers determined to make world-class wines with state-of-the-art techniques.
Capensis, meaning “from the Cape,” is a leader in bringing South Africa to the forefront as a world-class Chardonnay producer.

The Covey Guest cottage in the Franschhoek valley

The Covey Guest cottage in the Franschhoek valley

The Covey Guest cottage in the Franschhoek valley

Surrounded by vineyards and located next door to a working winery – The Covey is situated 1.5km outside the village beneath the imposing Middagkrans Mountain.  The cottage, which is next door to the owners house, consists of a living room with galley kitchen, bedroom with king size bed and shower room.  Opening off the living room there is a private stoep and pretty walled flower garden. The cottage is comfortably furnished – 100% percale linen on the bed with feather pillows (or synthetic if you prefer) there are ceiling fans and plantation shutters on the windows. The fully equipped galley kitchen has an electric oven and gas hob, dishwasher and bar height table.  Outside on the stoep there are comfy chairs and a small table for eating al fresco, as well as a weber type BBQ. Beyond the cottage garden there is a tranquil lawn interspersed with mature trees. Use of the swimming pool is by arrangement. There are three lively but friendly dogs!

 

Porcupine Ridge Mtb Challenge 2018

Porcupine Ridge Mtb Challenge 2018

German Karl Platt (5 times Cape Epic winner) won the Porcupine Ridge Mtb Challenge 2018 in Franschhoek.
Karl Platt finished the Porcupine Ridge Mtb Challenge 2018 54km in a time of 2:32:14
Tim Bohme was second across the line after 2:32:15

Some images taken at the arrival of Porcupine Ridge Mtb Challenge 2018 at Bridge House School in Franschhoek.

Sponsor: Porcupine Ridge Boekenhoutskloof Wine Farm

Olympus OM-D EM-1 mark II Pen F Zuiko 25mm f1.2 Zuiko 45mm f1.2 Zuiko 300mm f4

Photographer Sandro Tasso Wide Angle photo studio Franschhoek Paarl

 

 

Super Moon 31st January 2018

Super Moon 31st January 2018

Super Moon 31st January 2018

Olympus OM-D EM-1 mark II  Zuiko 300mm f4

 

Katia and Bevan

Katia and Bevan

Katia and Bevan

Photo shoot at this wonderful couple at Boschendal Wine Estate a picturesque 300 year old farm in the Franschhoek Valley known for its award-winning wines, farm-to-table cuisine, fresh produce, and rare natural beauty.

Gear used Olympus Em-1 mark II Zuiko 25mm f1.2 PRO and Zuiko 40-150mm f2.8 PRO and Godox flash.

 

 

 

Family shoot

Family shoot

Family shoot at Val de Vie Estate in Paarl

Some pictures of a family shoot in Val de Vie Estate.

Wide Angle photo studio Paarl Franschhoek Stellenbosch