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!

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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

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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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Friday, 02 February 2018 08:50

***Valentine's Competition***

Valentines Treat

Spoil your sweetheart with a Valentine's Treat from Vondeling Wines, including

  • A Winemaker's Platter for two
  • A bottle of Vondeling Rosé with the platter
  • A gift voucher to the value of R375 to spend on any of your favourite Vondeling wines
  • Automatic membership to our Wine Club with heaps of benefits and discounts

To stand a chance of winning this prize valued at R700,

  • Like our page
  • Tag your sweetheart
  • Share this competition

The winner will be announced on Valentine's Day, 14 February.

T's & C's:
- The prize is not transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash.
- The competition is open to all South African' residents, but the prize, including the wine, must be collected from Vondeling wines in Paarl, Western Cape
- The prize can be redeemed between 15 February and 15 April 2018
- Transport is not included in the prize
- The competition is not open to under 18’s
- Entrants must like our page, tag a person in the comments, and share the post to enter the draw.

Enter our Valentines Day competition here.

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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.

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The picture of Matt the Winemaker’s “back-of-a-fag-packet” figures is of sugar readings taken in various vineyard blocks which gives us an idea of the premium time to pick, although we usually just go on taste. The other is a picture of Matt catching some relaxation time with Henry before harvest starts.

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Thursday, 01 February 2018 07:23

Vondeling Erica is renamed Monsonia

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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 child but she soon remarried Colonel George Monson of the Indian Military. She was known as a “remarkable lady botanist” and was instrumental in translating Linnaeus’s famous “Philosophia Botanica”. On her way to Calcutta, she visited the Cape of Good Hope and accompanied seasoned collector of South African plants, Carl Peter Thunberg, on several expeditions around the Cape. In 1774, he named the Monsonia species of plants after her.

The 2015 Vondeling Monsonia is a blend of 85% Shiraz, 6 % Mourvédre, 5% Grenache & 4% Carignan. It spent 18 months in 500 litre French oak barrels.

Click here to place your order.

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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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