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Friday, 02 February 2018 08:19

Julian's January 2018 Newsletter

Happy New Year Fellow Vondelingers! I hope 2018 turns out to be a cracking year. Here on the farm, the harvest is late (surprising taking into account the hot and dry conditions), but we started picking yesterday. 5 tons of chardonnay for our bubbly Rurale (Methode Ancestral). It's quite a process to make as it involves perfect timing from Matthew. Read more on what makes Methode Ancestral so special here.     The picture of Matt the Winemaker’s “back-of-a-fag-packet” figures…
Thursday, 01 February 2018 07:23

Vondeling Erica is renamed Monsonia

        The 2015 vintage of Vondeling flagship Rhone-style blend will be celebrating a new species of Paardeberg fynbos with a change in name from Erica to Monsonia. Monsonia speciosa, is a rare and highly endangered flower indigenous to the Paardeberg. The common names include Butterfly Flower, Sambreeltjie, (little umbrella) and Slangblom (snake flower). It’s named after Lady Anne Monson, great grandchild of King Charles II. Controversially, her first marriage was dissolved, due to the birth of an illegitimate…
Monday, 11 December 2017 12:39

Julian's Final Newsletter of 2017

Greetings from a rather hot Voor Paardeberg As I write with the air con drumming away, we are in the midst of a mini heatwave, 40 C today, but thankfully predicted to be back to 25 C on Saturday. Life here on Vondeling has been very busy in the last 4 weeks, with masses of orders going out every day, as restaurants and retailers stock up for the Christmas avalanche. If you try and book a table in any of…
Tuesday, 31 October 2017 12:17

Julian's October Newsletter

Greetings from Vondeling October has been rather a challenging month. All the vineyards are going bonkers and exploding with life and the chardonnay is flowering already. Everything looking good at this stage although the Shiraz has got off to a bit of an uneven start. Poor old Felix, one of our Aberdeen Angus bulls, twisted his knee ligaments “on the job”and the vet said he would have to be “off games” for the rest of the season, so that rather…
Monday, 02 October 2017 11:55

Julian's September Newsletter

Hello Again from Vondeling As I write to you, it is the most beautiful spring day and everything is budding and blooming like crazy. It is a balmy 26C, but winter is officially over and the rainfall has been miserable. We have had another busy month. September is traditionally a hectic time for sales and marketing. Here in South Africa Hotels and restaurants are gearing up for summer and tourist season. And in Europe, summer holidays are over, schools are…
Thursday, 31 August 2017 10:42

Julian's August Newsletter

Greetings from a chilly Paardeberg. We have had a busy month here on Vondeling. We have planted 4 hectares of Merlot and 1 hectare of Semillon. Exported wines to Mauritius, Germany, China, UK and France and there have been 4 weddings. Our Aberdeen Angus cows have been calving like mad and as I write 48 out of our 51 cows have given birth with no hitches. 3 to go. Our 2 bulls, Felix and Jack are getting quite frustrated and…
The competition seeks to reward non Bordeaux-style blended wines that are created  reflect their unique origins and expression of place. This year’s competition drew 82 entries from 62 producers. These were tasted blind (labels out of sight) by the three-person panel, scoring done according to the 100-point quality scale. Erica 2014 scored 91 points, making it the second highest scoring wine of the competition. For more details and the full results, click here.  
Tuesday, 29 August 2017 13:40

Gold Medal in the 2017 Gold Wine Awards

We’re delighted that our 2017 Vondeling Rosé has already picked up a Gold Medal in the 2017 Gold Wine Awards. The Gold Wine Awards are judged by wine enthusiasts under the watchful eye of the Cape Wine Academy. The focus of the competition is excellent value and as such, all wines judged were under R110 per bottle. The tasting is conducted blind and the results are audited. Congratulations to Matthew Copeland and the winemaking team!  
Wednesday, 26 July 2017 09:20

Julian's July Newsletter

Julian Johnsen (Vondeling) Simon Leschallas, Rupert St. Aubyn, Claire Williams, Mark Levison Gower, James Thorne (Cambridge Wines) and Bridget Johnsen (Vondeling) The end of June and July have been busy times for us involved in Vondeling. On June 22nd in Mayfair, London, we launched our first vintage of Philosophie (2014) which is our attempt at producing an ultra premium Bordeaux blend from our vineyards. Each bottle is numbered and 1650 were produced. Each year, we commission a different artist to…

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