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Boekenhoutskloof Noble Late Harvest

Boekenhoutskloof Noble Late Harvest

Boekenhoutskloof Noble Late Harvest

Nobel Late harvest is a term applied to wines made from grapes left on the vine longer than usual. Noble Late harvest is usually an indication of a sweet dessert wine.

Botrytis cinerea, or noble rot, is a mold that causes grapes to lose nearly all of their water content. Wines made from botrytis-affected grapes are generally very sweet.

Botrytis cinerea is a fungus that affects many wine grapes and causes them to shrivel into moldy raisins. The fungus responds to the humidity and warmth in the climate and attacks the grapes. As the mold penetrates the skin its spores begin to germinate, causing the water inside to evaporate and the grape to dehydrate. With the absence of water, the sugar becomes more concentrated and the botrytis begins to alter the acidity within the grape.In some years desiccation may occur leaving tiny amount of sweet liquor like juice within the
grape.

The infection rate of botrytis is sporadic with vines and bunches achieving full rottenness at different times.
In some occasions, the usable grapes from a single vine may only produce enough juice for a single glass.

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…

Literary Franschhoek Festival 2018

Franschhoek Literary Festival 2018

Franschhoek Literary Festival 2018

sponsored by Porcupine Ridge wines

Merlot

Merlot hand picking at Bokenhoutskloof

Merlot hand picking at Bokenhoutskloof Wine Estate in the beautiful valley of Franschhoek.

Merlot is a dark blue-colored wine grape variety, that is used as both a blending grape and for varietal wines. The name Merlot is thought to be a diminutive of merle, the French name for the blackbird, probably a reference to the color of the grape. Its softness and “fleshiness”, combined with its earlier ripening, makes Merlot a popular grape for blending with the sterner, later-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon, which tends to be higher in tannin.

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

 

 

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

 

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.

 

Bastille Festival 2016

Bastille Festival 2016

Bastille Festival 2016 16th and 17th July, where locals and visitors will be celebrating the valley’s centuries-old French Huguenot heritage.
Berets in hand.Red white and blue outfit planned to perfection. Now you’re ready to celebrate this year’s Franschhoek Bastille Festival, 16th and 17th July, in style!
One of the main sponsor Boekenhoutskloof Wine with Porcupine and Wolftrap range of wines.

Olympus OM-D EM-1 | Pen F

Olympus 40-150mm f2.8 Pro | Pana Leica 15mm f1.7 | Olympus 12-40mm f2.8 Pro

Literature Festival Franschhoek 2016

Literature Festival Franschhoek 2016

Literature Festival Franschhoek 2016
a celebration of books and writers
in association with Porcupine Ridge and Sunday Times

Camera: Olympus OM-D EM-1

Lens: Olympus 7-14mm f2.8 PRO | Olympus 40-150mm f2.8 PRO