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.
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!
Boschendal’s Appellation Series – Elgin 2015 Chardonnay has been awarded the Best Elgin Chardonnay Trophy, Best Chardonnay Trophy and ultimately the Best White Wine of South Africa Trophy at the 2017 International Wine Challenge (IWC). Additionally, Boschendal was awarded Gold for its Elgin Pinot Noir 2015 at the IWC and to add to these impressive awards – it was also announced that Boschendal has garnered Gold at the prestigious Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) for its Boschendal Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2016 and Boschendal 1685 Shiraz 2015.
As one era ends another commences. With The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français having closed recently La Petite Colombe will take its place from 1 August. La Petite Colombe is a new partnership between the Leeu Collection and the proprietor chefs of La Colombe, Scot Kirton (Eat Out Chef of the Year 2015) and James Gaag.
The team working to create the Franschhoek Theatre at Franschhoek High School are making steady progress. In June they reached an important milestone when building plans were submitted for approval to Stellenbosch Municipality, Heritage Western Cape and the Western Cape Departments of Education and Public Works and Transport.
Die Federasie van Afrikaanse Kultuurverenigings (FAK) het op Saterdag, 20 Mei, die NP van Wyk Louw toekenning aan dr. Dan Sleigh oorhandig. Díe toekenning is deur Dr. Danie Langner, uitvoerende hoof van die FAK, aan Sleigh oorhandig as erkenning vir sy bydrae tot die Afrikaanse taal en kultuur.
The first major winter storm hit Franschhoek and large parts of the Western Cape on 6 and 7 June. In anticipation of severe conditions the Western Cape Education Department had taken the precaution of closing all Western Cape Schools on the seventh.
Gale force winds hit the Tuesday evening, accompanied by rain, which continued on Wednesday. Approximately 45mm of rain fell over the two days, while the first snow fall of the winter was also recorded.
Tracey’s Hoedown on 13 May was a sell-out success. Generous Franschhoekers and their friends took up all the seats at the fund-raising barn dance held to raise funds for the Franschhoek Theatre. This theatre will open in the renovated and re-purposed Centenary Library of Franschhoek High School and will serve as a multi-purpose venue, including movie screenings and day conferences, while also housing the school archive.
A number of Franschhoek wineries were recognised for the excellence of their wine labels at the third annual Wine Label Design Awards – sponsored by self-adhesive label supplier Rotolabel and convened by Winemag.co.za.
Wines were judged in four categories: (1) R80 a bottle or under; (2) over R80 a bottle; (3) R500 a bottle and over and (4) labels forming a series. Judging criteria included originality of concept, execution, shelf appeal and effectiveness as a piece of communication.
In the over R80 per bottle category bronze awards were bestowed on: Single wine Babylonstoren Babel 2015 (Designer: Karen Roos), Babylonstoren Mourvèdre Rosé 2016 (Designer: Karen Roos) and La Bri 1045 Bottles Syrah 2013 (Design firm: Rob Taylor Design). In the Wines in a Series category a bronze ward was bestowed on Haut Espoir for their Cloudfall 2016 and Gentle Giant 2010 (Design firm: Fanakalo).
The five judges were: Christian Eedes, editor of Winemag.co.za; Rebecca Constable, product developer for wine at Woolworths; Sean Harrison, executive creative director of Whitespace Creative; Margot Janse, outgoing executive chef at Le Quartier Français Hotel; and Carla Kreuser, a creative director at The Jupiter Drawing Room.
La Bri and Haut Espoir also excelled at the 2017 10 Year Old Wine Awards. La Bri’s 2007 Chardonnay received 90 out of 100 points while Haut Espoir’s 2007 Shiraz was awarded 91 points.
What started out as friendly banter between two friends on a golf course, quickly turned into a dynamic partnership when celebrity chef Reuben Riffel bought into Franschhoek businessman Alex McCormack’s vision to produce a world-class range of handcrafted beers, bearing the name of the town – known as the country’s culinary capital.