The Chocolate Block 2017 Uncorked Festival 2018

The Chocolate Block 2017 Uncorked Festival 2018

The Chocolate Block 2017 Uncorked Festival 2018

Lot of fun lot of wine what else? The Chocolate Block 2017 at Boekenhoutskloof Franschhoek.

Come and taste The Chocolate Block 2017
Syrah 64% Grenache 14% Cabernet Sauvignon 10% Viogner 1%
Total barrels 2057

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.

Cape Wine 2018

Cape Wine 2018

Cape Wine 2018

Ormonde stand at Cape Wine 2018 South Africa’s biggest wine platform. Ormonde Private Cellar is situated on the West Coast of South Africa, where the rugged Darling hills roll and fall along the contours of a ancient granite intrusion. These molten rocks, forced from the earth to 300m above sea level, guard the Atlantic Ocean while banks of fog roll to the foot of the hills, blessing the vineyard with coolness and moisture.

Soil composition varies between deep homogeneous soils, rich in iron and organic matter and harsh glenrosa forms, derived from the granite. These deep soils provide the ideal cradle for Ormonde vines.

For more info please contact Ormonde Wine Farm in Darling

info@ormonde.co.za
Tel:+27 (0) 22 492 3540
Ormonde – copyright 2010

33°22’52.27″S 18°22’24.44″E

 

 

"Old Bones" Magwaca.

“Old Bones” Magwaca

“Old Bones” Magwaca

Boxing star and WBF, IBF Intercontinental and WBA International bantamaweight champion Mzuvukile “Old Bones” Magwaca.
He is now learning to walk again after an operation to sort out his leg just above his knee, where an R4 rifle bullet broke his bones during a robbery. Learning to walk again does not necessarily mean that Magwaca will be able to box again.

Shot in studio.

"Old Bones" Magwaca.
Essay Wines

Essay Wines

Essay Wines

“Essay” refers to the popular abbreviation for South Africa (SA) as well as implying an “assemblage” or blending of things to create a whole greater than its parts.

ESSAY WINES consists of 2 blended wines produced in a Mediterranean style representing what we believe to be the best from our area, the Agter-Paarl. Our vineyards are unirrigated and planted on old Malmesbury shale soils producing wines with distinctive flavour and texture.

With the ESSAY WHITE, we try to produce a richer style of unwooded Chenin Blanc. The small portion of Viognier blended into the wine helps to flesh out the mouthfeel and adds inviting aromatics.

The ESSAY RED is our take on a southern Rhone blend: the wine shows ripe berry fruit and soft gentle tannins with a brush of fine oak. With a hint of spice and a little smokiness, this medium bodied red wine is smooth and packed with flavour.

Berg River Canoe Marathon 2018

Berg River Canoe Marathon 2018

Berg River Canoe Marathon 2018

The Berg River Canoe Marathon takes place annually over a distance of 240 km over four days from Paarl to the West Coast town of Velddrif.

This classic 240km paddling odyssey from Parrl to Velddrif gets a new twist as it becomes a two-person team event. Solo adventurers always welcome.

The Berg River Canoe is the longest river canoe marathon in South Africa.

 

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!