Monday, 18 June 2018 08:28

Julian's June Newsletter

Greetings Vondelingers
 
The last few weeks have brought some good rains and recorded rainfall on Vondeling was 100mm, which is the ten-year average here for May, so that is encouraging. Our wettest months are traditionally July and August, so fingers crossed.
We are currently installing solar panels at Vondeling, which should cut our electricity cost by more than half. It’s been a difficult decision as one never really knows if, by this time next year, a more effective panel may have been invented with installation costs of half the price! (Computers, TV’s and mobile phones jump to mind that have become better and cheaper).

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Thursday, 31 May 2018 12:36

Julian's May News from Vondeling

Greetings Vondelingers

I have just returned from Port Elizabeth, where I attended the “I Love PE Wine Show”. It was extremely busy and I was showing most of our range of wines including the Sweet Carolyn which costs R225 for a 500ml bottle.
I warn people who want to taste it, that they will not be able to resist taking their purse out if they do sample this delicious offering. Of course, they don’t believe me and I love watching them sip and then their jaw drops and they can’t believe what they are tasting.
Then word spreads and I have punters queuing up demanding a taste. We sold out very quickly and mostly to people who don’t usually spend more than R70 on a bottle of wine.
If you would like to experience the Sweet Carolyn effect for yourself, you can order by clicking on the link below. Remember, if you would like to join the wine club, you get a 15% discount!

 Join the Wine Club

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Enjoy the perfect Shiraz & Venison winter dinner, presented by Vondeling’s Senior Winemaker, Matthew Copeland, and the chefs from The Goose Roasters, Craig Cormack and Beau du Toit. For one night only, Matthew and the chef-duo will present a vertical tasting comprising a variety of very limited Shiraz styles and vintages from the Vondeling wine library, paired with venison canapés and followed by a gastronomic three-course wine dinner.  Seats are limited to 40 people to ensure an intimate dining experience in which the winemaker and chefs collaborate to bring you the ultimate winter feast in front of a roaring fireplace. Pre-payment secures your booking.

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Welcome Drink

Vondeling Chenin Blanc & Vondeling Rosé

Vertical Shiraz Tasting & Canapés

Wildebeest Biltong dust bitterballen and wholegrain mustard dip
Vondeling Baldrick 2016

Kudu salami sticks
Vondeling Erica 2007

Venison carpaccio with blush tomato and parmesan shavings
Vondeling Erica 2010

Starter

Cauliflower puree, sautéed wild mushrooms, truffle oil, with parmesan crumbs
Vondeling Chardonnay 2017

Main Course

Braised venison “dennings vleis” wrapped in “netvet”, fresh turmeric arancini, carrot, spekboom and gooseberry achar, organic rainbow carrots, and Cape Malay Jus
Vondeling Monsonia 2015 (Shiraz-based Rhône-style red blend)

Dessert

Vondeling Baldrick Shiraz-poached apple pie, with vanilla Ice cream, apricot and almond frangipane, and amoretto anglaise
Vondeling Sweet Carolyn 2017

 

Date:                    Thursday 14 June 2018

Venue:                 Vondeling Function Venue, Voor Paardeberg Road, Agter-Paarl

Time:                   18h30 for 19h00

Bookings:             Bookings essential, limited seats available. Prepayment secures your booking. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / Mariaan Harris 021 869 8339

Cost:                    R450 per person, including gratuity & wines

Friday, 20 April 2018 12:19

Julian's April News from Vondeling

Hello Fellow Vondelingers!

We are still praying for rain! But the forecast is predicting 25mm this weekend, so not converting to “The Whacky Raindance Religion” just yet.

We finished picking on 23rd March (Cabernet Sauvignon). So 2018 was a long old season and the driest since records began. In the end we were approximately 20% down altogether on last year, but the winemakers seem quite excited by the quality. Proof will be in the pudding!

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Calling all brides-to-be!

The latest wedding trend, Winter Weddings, reports that thousands of brides are shunning the summer months in favour of tying the knot in winter.

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Do you want a beautiful wedding without the hefty price tag? Well, look no further because you can now get your accommodation for you and your beloved, your family or your bridal party for two nights in Vondeling’s beautiful and historic Farm House on the estate, valued at R26 000, free!

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Tuesday, 27 February 2018 08:46

Harvest 2018

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As I am writing, we are right in the middle of harvest. Although the drought has certainly affected the yield, the quality of the fruit harvested up to now has been very good. So far, we have picked Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier, Chenin Blanc, Muscat de Frontignan, Grenache Blanc and Roussane. With regards to red cultivars, we have picked Pinotage for Rosé and for Bowwood, as well as one block of Merlot and one block of Shiraz. The next three weeks will see the rest of the Merlot and Shiraz being picked, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Malbec. And finally, the last to be picked will be the Carignan, Mourvèdre and Grenache Noir. 

Tuesday, 27 February 2018 08:41

We welcome visitors from afar

Our guests from St Austel breweries

Our guests from St Austel breweries

On the marketing side, we have been very busy. Rupert St Aubyn and Simon Leschallas of Southern Wines (our British importers) were out for their annual visit. They arranged some excellent meetings and tastings and a memorable braai with Sheperd Neame and St Austel breweries, both very good customers. We also paid Johannesburg and Durban a visit for our agent’s trade shows and we received great feedback form all our customers.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018 08:34

Vondeling Events – March

March Event

The Vondeling brand has a wide reach during March. Be sure to connect with us to enjoy your daily Vondel.

7 March | The National Eatery Food and Wine Dinner, Johannesburg

Join us when we collaborate with The National Eatery and Speakeasy for a five-course gastronomic extravaganza, including wines paired with every dish. Details here.

The National Menu

Tuesday, 27 February 2018 08:28

Wine of the Month

Philosophie

We are very excited to be releasing our premium, limited release wine, called Philosophie. It’s a Bordeaux-style blend and we only produced 1,800 bottles. It’s our attempt to make the best possible wine from our estate, with no expense spared in vineyard or cellar. Philosophie, is a brave endeavour in which we attempt to marry the mind, the heart and the soil as we celebrate the diversity of Vondeling. Each year a rare Paardeberg flower is selected and illustrated by an artist of our choice to create a unique label. In this, our maiden vintage, we’ve selected Haemanthus sanguineus to be our flag bearer. Appropriately, this delicate bloom was the first to emerge after the devastating veld fire of 2011 and for whom we cry, Per Ignem Vitae… from fire, life!

Get the tasting note here and order your share of Philosophie here. You can also purchase it in magnum size.

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