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Summer Open Weekend – November 2013

 

November 15.2013

 

Summer, the warmest season of the year, has arrived once again. It took its time, but it is here at last. No doubt it will be a time of sweltering days spent outdoors and warm evenings around the braai, the coming together of family and friends, with chilled drinks in hand and plenty of talk and laughter. Since time immemorial, the seasons have shaped our enjoyment of life, and none more so than summer.

 

On the estate, we lost a lot of grapes this year owing to rot, but judging by the quality that is currently in the barrels, or already bottled, our 2013 harvest should be an exceptional one. As you know, the Western Cape experienced an extremely wet winter which, looking ahead, will probably delay our harvest next year.

 

The Pinot Meunier, which we planted in 2009, have proven to be prolific vines with a very high yield, so we have used some of these grapes to enhance the structure of our Blush and Method Cap Classique. At Constantia Nek farm we grafted an old Cabernet Sauvignon block with a variety of Chardonnay grape to use for the MCC, which will help to bolster the production of our bubbly (grafting is a delicate, surgical procedure that involves making a tiny incision into the stem of an established vine, implanting an unrelated scion and taping over it until the shoot binds with the vine, when the tape can be removed).

 

      The pressing of our olives, which we mentioned in the last newsletter, proceeded smoothly and we are very pleased with the results. We have produced two hundred 250ml bottles of olive oil which we will be giving away with each wine purchase of R1200 or more. Similarly, we have also produced 300g jars of honey with which to sweeten your purchase, so you have the choice between a bottle of olive oil and a jar of honey as a complimentary gift.

 

Our wines are becoming increasingly popular and to simplify logistics, from the estate, we will be selling them only by the case – at cellar-door prices, of course. For those of you who wish to buy by the bottle, you may continue to do so at retail outlets, such as the Oakhurst Spar or Tops at Spar, where our wines are available all year round.

 

Our summer open weekend will be taking place on Saturday and Sunday, the 23rd and 24th of November, from 12h00 to 17h00, and we look forward to welcoming you all again. There will be a R30 wine-tasting charge, which will allow you to sample all five wines, and which will be reimbursed on the first case you purchase. Maurizio from Origin Foods will also be selling his delicious cheeses and cured meats (see below for a link to his Facebook page). As always, it is a family occasion and everyone is welcome, including your friends,

 

 

Available at the weekend will be

 

• 2009 Petrus* (Platter 4 stars)

 

• 2009 Method Cap Classique (Platter 4 stars)

 

• 2010 Merlot

 

• 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

 

• 2012 Sauvignon Blanc (Platter 4 stars )

 

• 2013 Blush

 

*We have a limited quantity of Petrus in 750ml bottles. When these run out, we can offer you 1.5-litre magnum bottles which are ideal as gifts and for dinner parties.

 

SUMMER Open DAY – November 2014

 

November 14.2014

 

 

As yet another year draws to a close, we look forward to the holiday season and the welcome warmth of summer. We hope it will be a memorable time, filled with the joy and laughter of family and friends.

 

This year we broke with tradition somewhat in order to participate in the Hout Bay Seafood Festival. In addition to a wine stand at the harbour, where the event was held, we opened up our cellar for the occasion and it turned out to be a great success.

 

We have completed the first stage of our second cellar expansion, which has increased our working space threefold, and plans are afoot to expand the red-wine cellar and an area for the distillery. But no matter how much additional room we create, we always seem to need more. Like the big bang theory, it is one of life’s great mysteries.

 

This year’s Blush and Sauvignon Blanc are probably the best we have ever produced. Unfortunately, we were too late with the bottling to send the Sauvignon Blanc to Platter’s and we did not want to send tank samples, so we don’t have a rating for it. In the Blush we used Viognier, a varietal which we grow at Constantia Nek farm. The 2010 Petrus that was released in May of this year, and which is still available this summer, is the last of the Bordeaux-blend red wines that we have. Looking ahead we will be making a Rhône-style red instead, driven by the Shiraz grape that we also grow at Constantia Nek farm. Something of a landmark occurrence will be the imminent bottling of our 2010 vintage port for release in May of next year as a 5-year-old tawny.

 

Our summer open weekend will be taking place on Saturday and Sunday, the 29th and 30th of November, from 12h00 to 17h00, and we look forward to welcoming you all again. There will be a R30 wine-tasting charge, which will allow you to sample all five wines, and which will be reimbursed on the first case you purchase. As always, it is a family occasion and everyone is welcome, including your friends.

 

We will be selling our wines by the case – at cellar-door prices, of course, which means that they include VAT. Once again, as a complimentary gift, you will have the choice between a 250ml-bottle of our olive oil or a 300-gram jar of our honey with each wine purchase of R1200 or more. For those of you who wish to buy wine by the bottle, you may continue to do so at retail outlets, such as the Oakhurst Spar or Tops at Spar, where most of our wines are available all year round.

 

By Wayne Matthews

 

Available at the weekend will be:

 

• 2010 Klasiek by Catharine (4 stars)

• 2010 Petrus (4 stars)

• 2012 Merlot (3½ stars)

• 2014 Blush

• 2014 Sauvignon Blanc

 

*Credit card facilities will be available.

 

Winter Open DAY – MAY 2015

 

May 18.2015

 

The success of any harvest is determined by a number of factors, one of which is the prevailing weather conditions, but it also helps to have the gods on your side. This year they smiled down on us as we harvested a bumper crop of 17.5 tons of grapes, our biggest to date.

 

Last year we had a cold wet winter followed by a hot summer with none of the usual chilly spells in between, which contributed favourably towards the abundant harvest. Now, of course, we are crying out for rain. Everything is dry, hence the many wildfires that raged through the southern Cape Peninsula a short while ago, leaving some vineyards with smoke taint on their grapes. On four separate occasions we had fires burning just above our vineyards. Although there was no great threat, and we had water pumps at the ready, we would like to express our gratitude for the support and concern shown by friends who called or came by to offer their assistance.

 

Fortunately, we harvested our grapes two weeks before the fires broke out and were already finished by the end of March. Our bubbly grapes were picked even earlier, on 17 January. So we are pleased to say that our grapes were not contaminated by the smoke from the fires. Everything ran smoothly in the cellar too. The additional space that we created last year proved to be a wise move.

 

The contract at Constantia Nek farm was renewed earlier than usual and has also been extended further, enabling us to do much-needed improvements. With the harvest over sooner than expected, we were able to get back into the vineyards and start 'farming' the vines in readiness for the winter, so all the winter crops were sown and ploughed into the fields over the past two long weekends.

 

We are very happy to announce the second release of our Black Swan port. Three hundred bottles of this five-year-old tawny port will be available. There is a queue already so make sure you don't miss out because the next release will only be in two years' time. The first release in 2011 saw one hundred and fifty bottles sell out within a few hours.

 

After the release of our 2010 Shiraz three years ago, we will now be releasing our 2012 Shiraz. Unfortunately, due to their ever-increasing popularity, our Blush and Sauvignon Blanc will not be available at the open weekend as stocks are limited. Traditionally the winter weekend focuses on the red wines, which will be the case again this year. Our winter open weekend will be taking place on Saturday and Sunday, the 30th and 31st of May, from 12h00 to 17h00, and we look forward to welcoming you again.

There will be a R30 wine-tasting charge which will allow you to sample all the wines, and will be reimbursed on the first case you purchase. As always, it is a family occasion and everyone is welcome, including your friends.

 

We will be selling our wines by the case - at cellar-door prices, of course, which means that they include VAT. Once again, as a complimentary gift, you will have the choice between a 250-ml bottle of our olive oil and a 300-gram jar of our honey with each wine purchase of R1200 or more. For those of you who wish to buy our wine by the bottle, you may continue to do so at retail outlets, such as the Oakhurst Spar or Tops at Spar, where they are available all year round.   dsc02310-2.jpg

 

The following will be available at the open weekend:

 

    2010 Black Swan Port

    2010 Petrus

    2011 Klasiek by Catharine

    2012 Shiraz

    2012 Merlot

 

*Credit card facilities will be available.

 

By Wayne Matthews

 

 

SUMMER Open WEEKEND – NOVEMBER 2015

 

November 17.2015

 

 

Despite the inclement weather, we had a fantastic turnout for our winter open weekend in May. Once again the issue of space arose, this time not in the cellar but outside in the garden for our friends and visitors, so we have expanded the area by flattening the ground under the blue-gum trees

 

We had a nice olive crop this year which enabled us to replenish our olive-oil stocks. We also had our 97-year-old trees pruned by professionals from one of the big olive farms in Paarl. This should stimulate new growth and facilitate a good harvest for years to come.

 

We have found that we tend to run out of certain wines too soon after their release and would like to increase our volumes in order to satisfy demand. Unfortunately, there are simply not enough grapes in the Hout Bay area for us to use so we are currently looking for more land that is suitable for planting vines, which will allow us to produce more.

 

On that note, we have run out of 2010 Petrus, so for the first time we will be

releasing a red wine in November, which we normally reserve for the winter open weekends in May. We are very excited about our 2011 Petrus which is a Rhône-style red driven by the Shiraz grape that we grow at Constantia Nek farm.

Our summer open weekend will be taking place on Saturday and Sunday, the 28th and 29th of November, from 12h00 to 17h00, and we look forward to welcoming you again. There will be a R30 wine-tasting charge which will allow you to sample all the wines, and will be reimbursed on the first case you purchase. As always, it is a family occasion and everyone is welcome, including your friends.

 

We will be selling our wines by the case – at cellar-door prices, of course, which means that they include VAT. Once again, as a complimentary gift, you will have the choice between a 250-ml bottle of our olive oil and a 300-gram jar of our honey with each wine purchase of R1500 or more. For those of you who wish to buy our wine by the bottle, you may continue to do so at retail outlets, such as the Oakhurst Spar or Hout Bay Tops , where they are available all year round.

 

The following will be available at the open weekend:

 

    2010 Black Swan Port      Platter 4 star

    2011 Petrus*                       Platter 4 star

    2012 Klasiek by Catharine*

    2012 Shiraz

    2015 Blush*

    2015 Sauvignon Blanc*

 

* = new release

 

Charcuterie platters will be for sale.

Credit card facilities will be available.

By Wayne Matthews