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Harvesting onions

Harvesting onions

Harvesting onions
When onions start to mature, the tops (foliage) become yellow and begin to fall over. At that point, bend the tops down or even stomp on them to speed the final ripening process. Loosen the soil around the bulbs to encourage drying. Be sure to harvest in late summer, before cool weather.

Location: Ceres

Gear: Olympus OM-D EM-1 mark II | Zuiko 12-40mm f2.8 PRO | Zuiko 40-150mm f2.8 PRO

Merel

Merel

Merel

Few photos of Merel on white background in the 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.
Dare to Explore

Dare to Explore African Adventures

Dare to Explore African Adventures

Corporate photo shoot at the beautiful Babylonstoren Wine Farm in Franschhoek.

www.daretoexplore.co.za

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

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.

Bastille Festival 2018

Bastille Festival 2018

Bastille Festival 2018

the popular Franschhoek Bastille Festival Food & Wine Marquee, situated at the Huguenot Monument.

Berets in hand.Red white and blue outfit planned to perfection. Now you’re ready to celebrate this year’s Franschhoek Bastille Festival, 15th and 16th July, in style!
One of the main sponsor Boekenhoutskloof Wine with Chocolate Block and Boekenhoutskloof range of wines.