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June Wedding sneak peek

June Wedding sneak peek

June Wedding sneak peek

Location: The Royal Hotel in Riebeek Kasteel

I was the “hottest” wedding ever I think we have reached over 42ºC… it was a long day but full of joy and love!

Olympus gear used Olympus OM-D EM-1 mark II and different lenses Olympus 12-40mm f2.8 PRO | Olympus 40-150mm f2.8 PRO | Olympus 45mm f1.2 PRO | Olympus 25mm f1.2 PRO | Olympus 17mm f1.2 PRO

Photographer Sandro Tasso Wide Angle photo studio

Kevin and Stephen wedding

Kevin and Stephen wedding

Kevin and Stephen wedding

Some pictures taken during Kevin and Stephen wedding at Grand Provence Wine Estate in the beautiful valley of Franschhoek

Venue: Grand Provence Wine Estate

Grande Provence Wine Estate wears her 325-year history with dignity. Nestled in the beautiful Franschhoek Valley in South Africa’s Western Cape, her lush vines spread across 47 acres. Rolling vistas frame the valley floor and heighten the drama of the rugged mountains beyond. Barely a one-hour drive from Cape Town, this is heartland South African Wine Country at its very finest.

Gear: Olympus OM-D Em-1 mark II and Zuiko 12-40mm f2.8 PRO | Zuiko 40-150mm f2.8 PRO | Zuiko 45mm f1.2 PRO

Photographer: Sandro Tasso Wide Angle photo studio

 

Boekenhoutskloof underground cellar

Boekenhoutskloof underground cellar

Boekenhoutskloof underground cellar.
One of the oldest farms in the foothills of Franschhoek is Boekenhoutskloof, founded in 1776 and means ‘ravine of the Boekenhout’. Boekenhout is an indigenous Cape Beech tree and the figurehead of this farm is a lady who carries the dove of peace and hope and represents excellent quality which is prized by the winemaker, Marc Kent and the winery.
For more info on Boekenhoutskloof visit the web site click here
All photos taken in high resolution mode Olympus OM-D EM-1 mark II
Lenses Zuiko 7-14mm f2.8 PRO | Zuiko 12-40mm f2.8 PRO
Photographer Sandro Tasso
Wideangle photo studio
Los Olivos at the Yard

Los Olivos at the Yard

Los Olivos at the Yard in the heart of the charming and historic village of Franschhoek, surrounded by majestic mountains and nestled amongst magnificent wine estates.

The penthouses are situated in the centre of Franschhoek at The Yard, an upmarket piazza surrounded by gently-flowing waterways offering the best location.The 4-star penthouses are uniquely decorated in a Colonial- African style, stylish and comfortable haven for your stay.
They are fully equipped for self-catering with secure off-street parking with local supermarkets nearby. In summer, have a leisurely breakfast, before taking a stroll through the village. The penthouses are air-conditioned and serviced on a daily basis.In winter, light a fire and spend a cozy evening curled up on one of the comfy sofas with a good book and a glass of excellent locally produced wine. Fleecy gowns and hot water bottles are provided. Los Olivos will provide you with a warm and welcoming haven from which to explore Franschhoek, so comfortable that it feels like a home from home.
Just Property

Just Property

Just Property

Newly re-designed and completely modernised house with all bedrooms en-suite, a large open plan double volume lounge, kitchen and entertaining area with fully opening stacking doors connecting to a very spacious under-cover terrace, gallery and pool area with its wooden deck.

Location Franschhoek

Client: Just Property

The Chocolate Block 2017

The Chocolate Block 2017

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 – 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.
The Chocolate Block
Boekenhoutskloof

"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.
Boekenhoutskloof Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon

Boekenhoutskloof Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon

Boekenhoutskloof Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon

A refined, complex nose offers aromas of cassis, dark berry fruit, pencil shavings and whiffs of spicy tobacco. Fine-grained powdery tannins are juxtaposed against both black and red berry fruit, hints of thyme and graphite and a vibrant acidity on the midpalate. The wine is lithe and multi-layered with exceptional balance, showing fine texture and a youthful elegance, suggesting significant ageing potential. Red berry fruit persists on the finish with notes of garrigue and fennel seeds.

The grapes underwent a cold maceration in stainless steel fermentation vessels and then fermented at temperatures between 27° and 30° with frequent pump-overs and occasional delestage to extract aromas, colour and tannins. After alcoholic fermentation, a prolonged malolactic fermentation occurred naturally in 225 litre barriques. The wine was matured for 20 months) in 60% new French oak barrique from our preferred coopers, Sylvain and Saury.

The Boekenhoutskloof Syrah

The Boekenhoutskloof Syrah

The Boekenhoutskloof Syrah is sourced from three different sites. We acquired two new properties in the Swartland (Porseleinberg and Goldmine) a few years ago for its unique terroir of rocky bedrock and decomposed mica schist soils. These vineyards contribute to a substantial amount of our current bottling, although the original Wellington vineyard still contributes roughly 40% of our Syrah.

The fruit from each site is vinified separately as each parcel shows distinctive and individual characteristics. The grapes are partially de-stemmed and ferment spontaneously in concrete tanks with a soft délestage 2-3 times a day. Once cuvaison has been completed, the wine is moved to large traditional 2 500L foudres and 600L demi-muids for further ageing for up to 18 months, depending on the vintage.

 

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.