The pick of the crop
As February approaches winemakers in South Africa start preparing for the new harvest, this year we will start picking about two weeks later than in 2012. The crop seems to be a bit smaller than the year before and even though we suffered wind damage the vineyards are looking very healthy. I will keep you updated on how we progress. According to my calculations, Malbec will be the first grapes we welcome into the cellar this year.
We bottled some new releases, among others the Blaauwklippen Cultivar Selection Rosé, produced from Shiraz and Zinfandel grapes. The wine is delicately styled with aromas of apple, pear and cherries and sells for R40 per bottle.
The new 2010 Vineyard Selection Cabriolet, is a seamless blend of 50% Malbec, 30% Merlot, 10% Shiraz, 5% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine can be enjoyed now, but has excellent cellaring potential. It sells for R87 per bottle.
The month of love
our harvesting season, it is also the month of love! Our Barouche Restaurant is offering a “lovely” Valentine’s Day Dinner on Thursday the 14th of February. The four course menu includes a welcome drink as well as the following mouth-watering offerings: An Amuse of spicy butternut and coriander broth, a starter of cured Norwegian salmon and golden crab a choice between two mains, crispy fried spiced beef tartare ravioli or Crispy roasted pork belly and the grand finale of Chocolate Marquise.
The dinner costs R350 per person and bookings are essential, please call +27 (0)21 880 8222 to book.
We have planned a month filled with exciting themes and events for your enjoyment.
Blast from the past
On the 3rd of February we will be celebrating 70’s Day. Join us and relive this decade that hailed the birth of the “hippie” movement, sideburns and bellbottom and some pretty rad music. Live music from the era will be played and the traders will dress up in their best 70’s attire.
On the 10th of February it is Mango Day. The food traders will be selling exciting and delicious combinations of food with the magnificence of mango.
Vineyard Doggy Walk
On the 17th of February it is time for our popular Vineyard Doggy Walk again, bring your furry friend along to the market for our monthly fun walk in aid of the Helderberg Animal Welfare Society.
Lets Go For a Walk
We bid goodbye to the 24th of February with a Fun Walk in aid of PATCH.
PATCH in the Helderberg, is a charity that supports abused children. Join us for a stroll through the beautiful vineyards of Blaauwklippen and help raise funds for these kids. The entry fee is R20 per person and the walk will start at 11h00.
Stellenbosch Wine Festival
Join us on Saturday the 2nd of February for a special evening market (4 – 9 pm) in participation of the Stellenbosch Wine Festival. Highlight of the market will be the live performance by Gerald Clark and the Dead Men. Interesting crafts, fashion, lifestyle products and children entertainment on offer and not to forget delicious foods