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 the top restaurants in Cape Town and the Winelands over the holidays now, they are virtually all booked out. I am reliably informed the same goes for Durban and Plettenburg Bay as well. I am pleased to report that you should find Vondeling wines in most of these establishments.

Also we had a terrific evening on 20th November when Bridget, my wife, held a fund raising dinner for the Drakensburg Boys Choir School. It was an absolute sell out and while guests sat down to a 3 course dinner accompanied by delicious Vondeling wines, the boys sang absolutely beautifully. Along with the Vienna Boys Choir School and the Westminster Cathedral Boys School Choir they are regarded as the best in the world! In their 50 year history the “Drakkies” have sung in the Vatican, the White house, Westminster Palace (for the Queen), Nelson Mandela and Vondeling!

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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 sealed his fate. He had a good life. Our other bull, Jack, was of course delighted to see Felix go and now has all 50 cows to himself. We have harvested the oat hay and about to cut the wheat which looks great. See picture below.

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Tuesday, 10 October 2017 07:54

ANNUAL WINE SALE

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Calling all wine lovers!

The Slent Road from Klipheuwel is now open and fully tarred. It opens a beautiful drive directly to the Voor-Paardeberg, home of Vondeling wines!

Join us for our annual clearance sale and take advantage of massive discounts as we slash prices on bin ends and unlabeled stock.

SATURDAY 28TH OCTOBER 2017

VONDELING TASTING ROOM

VOOR PAARDEBERG ROAD

9AM – 1PM

Boerie Rolls, coffee and cold drinks will be available for sale. Jumping Castle for the kiddies. 

For more information, contact Mariaan Harris on 021 869 8595, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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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 starting and everyone is going back to work….most importantly wine buyers!

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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.

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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!

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017 09:20

Julian's July Newsletter

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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 create a unique label, making the Philosophie a highly collectable wine. For more details from Matthew, our winemaker, click here. The 2014 is also available in specially packaged magnum bottles.

We also showed the The Rurale 2014, Chardonnay 2015, Babiana 2015 and Erica 2013. The evening was a tremendous success and guests dug into their pockets with reckless abandon, which was highly appreciated, but also a reflection of the quality and good value of our wines. 

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Damage to the church steeple!

 

Just before we left for England, we had a

huge storm which wrought havoc all

over the winelands and Cape Town. Our

church steeple took a bit of a battering,

so we have re enforced it with copper to

withstand the Cape Storms in the future

and the result is spectacular.

      

 

 

New Releases

 

It has also been a busy month of bottling,

with the launch of the Rose 2017 and

Babiana 2016, the Cabernet Sauvignon

2015 and Sweet Carolyn 2016. Our

winemakers Matthew and Emile are

excited about the wines. 

 

The Babiana will be ready in a few weeks,

but the 2017 Rosé is available. To order

directly, click here.

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As I look out the window it is cold and wet….but we need much more. Our average rainfall for the first 6 months of the year is 305mm. In 2017 we have recorded 143mm for the same period. Not good. But everything is now green and when the sun comes out it is truly beautiful and pruning is in full flow and snow sits on the peaks around us. Could be worse me thinks!

Keep warm and enjoy our wines

Until next time

Julian

 

Julian Johnsen

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, 04 May 2017 09:32

From a proud Father

It’s always hard for parents when their children go off to university and even harder when it’s overseas.

Richard Johnsen, Julian’s son, is studying music in England at Durham University.

He is very talented and has recently sent a music video to his parents where he is doing a cover of Michael Jackson’s Man in the mirror.

 

Please click here to view the video.

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