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Having seen close to fifteen years of innovation in our valley it is surprising we see the bar still being lifted each year. A few years ago, during the World Cup hosted in South Africa, a new visitor fell in love with Franschhoek. Since then he has been busy, quietly amassing a hospitality portfolio that he has transformed into a step above the rest. That man is Analjit Singh.

Not only has he and his team created two outstanding new hotels, but he has acquired, and is revamping, the iconic Le Quartier Francais and Tasting Room. He has opened a Micro-Brewery called Tuk-Tuk and is introducing North Indian cuisine into the valley through a new restaurant called Marigold in November of this year. If that is not enough he has formed a partnership with Mullineux, the 2016 Winery of the Year. With an impressive team of architects, landscape and interior designers, they have launched the Leeu Collection, with an extensive collection of art.

We had the fortune of spending a night recently and decided to sample an informative wine tasting at The Wine Studio followed by a massage in the dreamy Spa, and dinner at The Dining Room…. it was my birthday of course… thanks Sarah! We slept like hibernating bears and dropped downstairs reluctantly to say goodbye, but not after a sumptuous breakfast on the terrace on a sunny day in winter.

We should do this more often. It was very spoiling. If you want to stay… let Sarah know….www.sarahjamestravel.com

 

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A few months ago I nipped out for a morning jog, before the sun hit the valley floor. Up at 6 for a 5 kilometre round-trip: down the road, over the river, up past Mont Rochelle Hotel, down the hill past the various Champagnes, over the common, left at the monument at the main road and home. The day after I took my camera. The valley is still, apart from the birds. Occasionally one passes a fellow a stumbling jogger coming the other way, and then I brush with some hobos drinking coffee.

 

 

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Franschhoek’s  ‘Magic of Bubbles’ Cap Classique and Champagne Festival, kicks off this weekend. The largest of its kind in the country allowing visitors the opportunity to sample both Champagne and Cap Classique wines.

The centrepiece of the festival is a grand marquee on the sprawling lawns surrounding Franschhoek’s famous Huguenot Monument, where bubbly stalls will be interspersed with stalls from the local restaurants offering delicious delicacies to match.

This year the festival will take full advantage of the Cape’s glorious summer evenings, with the festival open from 6pm to 10pm on Friday the 4th of December and then between 12pm and 6pm on both Saturday the 5th and Sunday the 6th.

Live music, provided by well-known artists such as Jared, Gerard (previously a member of Delta Blues), D7 Fresh Acapella and many more, will set the tone, and local winemakers will be on hand to chat about the making of Cap Classique wines in the Franschhoek valley.

The theme for this year’s festival is ‘white with a touch of black’, with a prize being awarded to the best dressed couple. A best dressed couple will be selected every day of the festival.

An R180.00 per person entrance fee allows you access to the festival, which includes a tasting glass and a complimentary booklet containing 10 tasting coupons. Thereafter all tastings will be charged on consumption.

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Grand D’OR WINNERS   2009
Allee Bleue Wines Allee Bleue Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2006
Graham Beck Graham Beck Sauvignon Blanc 2008
Graham Beck Graham Beck Pheasants 2008
La Motte La Motte Millennium 2006
ESTATE WINE VINTAGE
Akkerdal Akkerdal Petit Noir 2006
Bellingham Wines Bellingham St. Georges 2006
Bellingham Wines Bellingham Wines The Bernard Series Hand-Picked Viognier 2008
Dieu Donné Vineyards Dieu Donné Shiraz 2006
Graham Beck Wines Graham Beck Pheasants’ Run Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Graham Beck Wines Graham Beck Blanc de Blancs 2005
Grande Provence Grande Provence Chardonnay 2008
Grande Provence Grande Provence Sauvignon Blanc 2009
La Vigne Estate La Vigne Owner’s Selection 2006
Môreson Wine Farm Môreson Pinotage 2008
ESTATE WINE VINTAGE
Akkerdal Akkerdal Wild Boar 2006
Bellingham Wines Bellingham Wines The Bernard Series Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2008
Boschendal Wines Boschendal Grande Cuvee Brut 2006
Boschendal Wines Boschendal Reserve Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2007
Boschendal Wines Boschendal 1685 Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Graham Beck Graham Beck Brut Rosé 2007
Graham Beck Graham Beck Coffeestone Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Grande Provence Grande Provence Angel’s Tears Sauvignon Blanc 2009
La Vigne Estate La Vigne Single Vineyard Shiraz 2007
Rickety Bridge Rickety Bridge Paulina’s Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2008
Rickety Bridge Rickety Bridge Chenin Blanc 2009
Rickety Bridge Rickety Bridge Merlot 2007
Topiary Wines Topiary Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Vrede en Lust Vrede en Lust Syrah 2007
Vrede en Lust Vrede en Lust Viognier 2009
Vrede en Lust Vrede en Lust Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Vrede en Lust Vrede en Lust Boet Erasmus 2007

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2009 VERITAS AWARDS

Double Gold Awards

Graham Beck Pheasant’s Run Sauvignon Blanc 2008

Môreson Premium Chardonnay 2008

Gold Awards

Glenwood Chardonnay Vigneron’s Selection 2008

Graham Beck Pheasant’s Run Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Grande Provence Sauvignon Blanc 2009

MEDAL CELLAR VINT

DG Double Gold

G Gold

S Silver

B Bronze

(O/D) Off-dry

(S/S) Semi-sweet

BLENDS

Wooded

S Allée Bleue Isa beau (O/D) 2008

B Bellingham Fair Maiden (O/D) 2008

CHARDONNAY

No wood

B Glenwood Chardonnay 2009

Wooded

GG Môreson Premium Chardonnay 2008

S Boschendal 1685 Chardonnay (O/D) 2008

S Dieu Donné Chardonnay 2007

S Graham Beck Chardonnay 2008

B Franschhoek Our Town Hall Chardonnay 2009

B Grande Provence Chardonnay 2008

B Rickety Bridge Chardonnay 2006

B Vrede en Lust Marguerite 2008

CHENIN BLANC

No wood

B Franschhoek La Cotte Mill Chenin Blanc 2009

B Rickety Bridge Chenin Blanc 2009

B Vrede en Lust Karien Chenin Blanc 2009

Wooded

S Bellingham The Bernard Series Old Vine Chenin Blanc (O/D) 2008

S Graham Beck Bowed Head Chenin Blanc (O/D) 2008

S Graham Beck Gamekeeper’s Reserve Chenin Blanc 2008

S Graham Beck The Game Reserve Chenin Blanc 2009

B Allée Bleue Chenin Blanc 2008

SAUVIGNON BLANC

No wood

GG Graham Beck Pheasant’s Run Sauvignon Blanc 2008

G Graham Beck Pheasant’s Run Sauvignon Blanc 2009

G Grande Provence Sauvignon Blanc 2009

S Graham Beck Sauvignon Blanc 2008

B La Motte Sauvignon Blanc 2009

B Vrede en Lust Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Wooded

S Bellingham The Bernard Series Sauvignon Blanc 2007

VIOGNIER

No wood

S Vrede en Lust Viognier (S/S) 2009

Wooded

B Bellingham The Bernard Series Viognier (O/D) 2008

B Dieu Donné Viognier 2008

BLANC DE NOIR

B Rickety Bridge Rosé 2009

MéTHODE CAP CLASSIQUE

S Graham Beck Brut Rosé 2007

S Graham Beck Chardonnay/Pinot Noir Brut Rosé N/V

S Môreson Blanc de Blancs Brut N/V

B Graham Beck Chardonnay/Pinot Noir Brut N/V

BLENDS

S Allée Bleue L’Amour Toujour 2006

S Bellingham The Bernard Series SMV 2006

S Graham Beck The Joshua 2005

S La Motte Pierneef Shiraz/Grenache 2007

S La Motte Pierneef Shiraz/Viognier 2007

S Lynx SMV 2008

S Môreson Magia 2006

S Rickety Bridge The Foundation Stone 2008

S Vrede en Lust Classic Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon/Petit Verdot/Malbec 2005

B Akkerdal Wild Boar 2006

B Allée Bleue Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2006

B Boschendal Reserve Collection Grande Reserve 2005

B Graham Beck The William 2006

B La Motte Millennium 2007

B La Vigne Owner’s Selection 2006

B Lynx Vino Tinto Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz/Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Petit Verdot 2008

B Lynx Xanache 2008

B Vrede en Lust Boet Erasmus Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Malbec/Petit Verdot 2007

CABERNET SAUVIGNON

S Dieu Donné Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

S Lynx Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

B Graham Beck Coffeestone Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

B Grande Provence Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

B La Motte Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

MERLOT

S Dieu Donné Merlot 2006

B Franschhoek The Old Museum Merlot 2008

B Glenwood Merlot 2007

B Lynx Merlot 2008

PINOTAGE

S Bellingham The Bernard Series Bush Vine Pinotage 2007

B Allée Bleue Pinotage 2007

B Môreson Pinotage 2008

SHIRAZ

S Bellingham The Bernard Series Basket Press Syrah 2006

S Graham Beck The Ridge Syrah 2005

S La Vigne Single Vineyard Selection Shiraz 2007

B Dieu Donné Shiraz 2006

B Grande Provence Shiraz 2007

B Grande Provence Shiraz 2006

B Vrede en Lust Syrah 2007

PORT

B Allée Bleue Cape Ruby 2008

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