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Boschendal bubbles sparkle at the 2017 IWSC

Boschendal Grand Cuvée Brut

There’s nothing better than bubbly to toast a special moment; that satisfying ‘pop’ immediately signifies a joyous occasion or achievement. No doubt, Boschendal will be ‘popping’ its own Boschendal Grande Cuvée Brut 2013 to celebrate the vintage’s win of a sought-after gold at the 2017 International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC).

The estate’s acclaimed white wine and MCC maker, Lizelle Gerber, says the accolade means a great deal, “The IWSC is a renowned competition that sets the benchmark for premium vintages around the world so it’s a great honour to win this esteemed award.”

She says it has taken years to perfect the Grande Cuvée Brut 2013, which forms part of Boschendal’s world-class bottle fermented Méthode Cap Classique selection. The MCCs embody vibrancy and depth due to an intensive crafting process which begins already in the vineyard.

Crafted from classic varieties in the time honoured traditional method (Méthode Champenois),The MCCs have extended lees contact that results in a balanced, full and creamy mouth feel with elegant minerality and a seamless finish.

When savouring the award-winning Boschendal Grande Cuvée Brut, Gerber says there’ll be notes of fresh green apple and hints of citrus supported by discreet almond biscotti and brioche – accents typical to the classic bottle-fermented wine style. She suggests the vintage pairs beautifully with good quality smoked salmon or a cream cheese and chive breakfast.

Boschendal’s MCC’s have also been receiving other accolades of late. Some of these include the Jean Le Long Prestige Cuvee 2007 which achieved Top 100 and Double Platinum status in the National Wine Challenge / Top 100 SA Wines, the premier fine-wine only event in SA in late April. The Jean Le Long Prestige Cuvèe Blanc de Blanc 2007, known as the “prestige cuvee” in Boschendal’s Méthode Cap Classique range, received Gold at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show earlier this year.

Staying on the gold streak, the Boschendal Brut NV was announced this week as having won Gold at the Six Nations Wine Challenge 2017. The Six Nations Wine Challenge is a Global Wine Events Platform delivering a rare & exclusive opportunity to all participating wine estates, media & partners by identifying, recognising & show-casing to both trade and consumers the very best of the best ‘NEW WORLD WINES’ & promoting their outstanding quality, diversity & richness annually.

www.boschendal.com

A (relatively) rare sighting

The Cape Leopard Trust team show off their new t-shirts at Leopard's Leap Family Vineyards.

Spotting a leopard in the wild is a rare and special experience. A sighting apparently almost as rare is to find the entire Cape Leopard Trust (CLT) team in one place! On Thursday, 14 September, this rare occurrence actually happened, when the ten members of the Cape Leopard Trust team met at Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards. The venue was particularly appropriate, as Leopard’s Leap is one of the Trust’s main sponsors.

The reason for this unusual gathering was to bring together the usually widely-dispersed research, education and administrative teams for a group photo, and to showcase the new t-shirt range. It was also a valuable opportunity for a catch up in person rather than via Skype, and a chance to welcome the newest team member, Ismail Wambi to the fold.  The stylish, new t-shirts are part of a new merchandise range that will shortly be available for sale on the CLT website as part of a green gifting campaign.

The Cape Leopard Trust is an active predator conservation working group with projects in Cape Town, the Boland and the Cederberg. It uses research and environmental education as a tool for empowering conservation, finding solutions to human-wildlife conflict. Since its inception in 2004 it has become an authority on predator conservation not only in the Cape, but also nationally.

www.capeleopard.org.za

Work starts at Franschhoek Theatre site

Roof cleaning requires careful balance.

Supporters of the Franschhoek Theatre (old Screening Room) will be happy to learn that the project is moving ahead and work has commenced on the first stages of the project.

Contractors have started removing some of the trees that are in the way of the planned addition and others that block the view of the existing centenary library building from Akademie Street will soon follow suit.

Franschhoek students win provincial model UN debate

Luvo Gcuku, Anaïs Masson, Ross Gauntlett, and Zenande Tunguntwana excelled at the South African Model United Nations.

On Saturday, 12 August, two students from Bridge House School, Anaïs Masson and Ross Gauntlett, and two students from Franschhoek High School, Luvo Gcuku and Zenande Tunguntwana, took part in the 2017 SAMUN debate at the Western Cape Legislature. The team represented Kenya in the debate with the theme, “Were reparations necessary for colonialism?”  The Franschhoek team did the valley proud by coming out tops in this keenly contested competition.

Sidwell Yarrow: New La Petite Ferme chef

New La Petite Ferme Chef, Sidwell Yarrow

La Petite Ferme is a Cape Winelands tourism institution. With accommodation, a restaurant and boutique winery it has been offering many a seasoned traveller the complete winelands experience. The secret behind La Petite Ferme’s many successful years is the ability to re-invent itself and keep delivering a relevant and high quality product to each visitor while still keeping its welcoming and heart-warming hospitality at the core.

Where the big dogs are

The interior of the Big Dog Cafe shows off industrial materials.

As I walk through the glass doors of the café on a wintry July morning, droplets pattering on the paved walkway, I feel as though I have strolled into something very, very special.  On entering I am greeted by the dark, alluring scent of freshly ground coffee beans, with wisps of vanilla silking through the air.  At the counter to my left a barista is bustling, working magic.  Water droplets condense on a carafe with lemon water.  The smell of something decadent from the kitchen.  In the garden a willow tree blows listlessly in the wind.  But inside, it is warm, welcoming and friendly. Michael, the owner, is even more so.

“I want my office back”, says mayor

Mayor Gesie van Deventer now has an office in Franschhoek. In the photo above she is pictured with her PA Carmen Saville (standing) while in conversation with a visitor.

Stellenbosch mayor, Adv. Gesie van Deventer, now has an office in Franschhoek.  The Mayor spends the first Friday of every month in Franschhoek. Upon taking office in August 2016, Mayor van Deventer realised that taking frequent meetings in the boardroom of the municipal buildings is not ideal. She needed an office space where she can work and receive appointments in a professional environment.

Groendal gets a new library

Construction on the new Groendal Library is expected to be completed by mid-2018.

Groendal residents have had to make do with their, admittedly, fully-equipped container library for the past decade. The container library was donated to the community in 2007 by Exclusive Books Reading Trust. Now they can look forward to the opening of a fully-fledged library of their very own.

Roll out the barrels!

Barrel rolling champions Marchelle Johnson and Keanu Rhode in action at the DSTV Franschhoek Bastille Festival.

The DStv Franschhoek Bastille Festival on 15 and 16 July, was Franschhoek’s 24th Bastille Festival. On the Saturday the weather was wet and wintery and although the village stalls were poorly patronised, rain did not stop play at the marquee.

Rickety Bridge’s Foundation Stone Range

This experimental craft range, which winemaker Wynand Grobler particularly enjoys making, is adorned with a creative, eye-catching label reflecting Wynand’s innovative approach to the three wines. The blends are constantly evolving, being tweaked by Wynand every year. Although they say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, the intricate label, designed by the talented Fanakalo team, may make you wonder at what’s within. Chances are that you’ll like what you find!

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