Thursday, April 28, 2011

Huston, we have a poster!

Soon to be collectors items for their wit and revolutionary commentary, our latest Revolution poster is OUT.

Last year's poster proved to be so popular, the A0 one outside the Mullineux cellar was even "taken" by an enthusiastic (and no doubt wine fueled) fan.

Designed by Jo at 2design in Franschhoek, we are proud to bring you the 2011 version.

This should be Goode!

We have just received the delightful news that London based wine writer Jamie Goode will be joining us at the 2011 Swartland Revolution.

To quote his "about me" page; Jamie "is currently wine columnist with UK national newspaper The Sunday Express.

He won the 2007 Glenfiddich Wine Writer of the year award, and contributes regularly to a range of publications including World of Fine Wine, Wine Business International, Wines and Vines, Hong Kong Tatler, Sommelier Journal and Decanter. His first book, Wine Science, won the Glenfiddich Award for Drinks Book in 2006."

He will be conducting a tasting seminar at the revolution on Saturday 12 November alongside South African wine writer and expert Michael Fridjhon - they will each share four of their favourite wines with us.

More info on the wines to follow soon!

Just be sure to book your tickets before it is too late.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Programme of (lots of exciting) events

The programme for this year's Revolution has been updated.

This year you will experience THREE tastings of amazing wines from the Swartland, Côtes du Rhône and beyond.

There will once again be amazing food, drinks and entertainment from the area, so be sure to have a look at the programme and to book soon! Tickets are flying!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Pictures from a Swartland Roadtrip - Lammershoek

Last stop: Lammershoek. Winemaker Graig Hawkins and girlfriend / marketing manager / wine expert Carla Kretzel showed us around the cellar and conducted a tasting of 11 wines. They are doing some very impressive work!

A message above the door explains the only thing they do not see eye-to-eye to... Super Rugby!
Craig is experimenting with whole bunch wine... These grapes have not been pressed and have been in the vat for over a year.
One of the geek wines Craig makes for his own private collection.
Love the labels on all the vats.

Pictures from a Swartland Roadtrip - Mullineux Family Wines

After lunch we visited Chris and Andrea Mullineux at their cellar in Short Street Square. They treated us to a tasting of their latest releases.
Chris "explains" something to Dusan.
In the cellar.
The Mullineux cellar.

Pictures from a Swartland Roadtrip - Lunch at BBBS

Lunchtime! The best burgers in the world at Bar Bar Black Sheep in Riebeek Kasteel. We chose the lamb burgers to match with the unlabelled bottle of 2010 vintage Collumella - a gift from Eben Sadie.
The menu makes it hard to choose! and Swartland Revolution glasses (for water)...
Lamb burger with guacamole and bacon. YUM!
Reflections of a great meal.
Unlabelled 2010 Collumella... Bliss!

Pictures from a Swartland Roadtrip - Porseleinberg

Callie and Maree Louw lives on top of the Porcelain Mountain with spectacular views of the Swartland. Real cowboy country as you have to follow directions like "past the second goat camp", "Left at the big cactus" and "through the gate with the hole in" and you have to get out to open 3 gates to get there.
But the view is worth it!

Callie's mobile chicken homes - the african chickens will eventually live in the vineyards.
These African chickens lay great organic eggs:)
Dusan and Callie talking soil.

Pictures from a Swartland Roadtrip - Sadie Family Wines

Second stop was a visit to Dusan's local wine hero, Eben Sadie.
The Ou Wingerdreeks
Inspiration in the cellar.
"I only use elements that comes from the earth, wood, clay and cement." No steel in this cellar!

It is all about the soil, or terroir, with Eben.

Pictures from a Swartland Roadtrip - Badenhorst Family Wines

On Tuesday Swartland Revolution PR and Marketing manager Helena Sheridan took Dusan Jelic from on a Swartland roadtrip. First stop was Kalmoesfontein and while Adi was still in the USA Jasper Wickens, assistant winemaker, conducted the tasting.

Early morning tasting required coffee from the cellar espresso machine to kick start things.
Swartland Splendour
Jasper conducting a tasting with Dusan.
Badenhorst Family Wines assistant wine maker Jasper with the "magnificent red."
Latest addition to the family - Koos Jan!