Today we are processing the last of our red grapes. It has been a long picking season for us; the Shiraz and Cab Sav especially took their time in ripening. Sugars were high enough a good 2-3 weeks ago but they just were not ready to be taken back then. An often frustrating [...]
A long and nervous start to the season has finally begun for the team at Haut Espoir. White grapes have seemed to struggle to pick up sugar over the last few weeks. We have experienced some heavy rainfalls, extreme cold and winds. This for February! Usually our hottest month. Hence my prediction will be for [...]
And for a tiny hint at what is in store, here is the menu, delicious food and wine, great people and good times ahead!
Celebrate the final days of winter in style and head off to the Franschhoek Motor Museum, L’Ormarins Estate on Saturday, 4 August for Franschhoek Winter Wines. Known as one of SA’s leading wine destinations, more than 20 of the valley’s finest wineries will be showcasing their top winter wines at this exclusive event. Relax and [...]
It’s been a relatively long harvest so far; we started on Valentine’s Day (14th Feb) with picking the Semillon from La Petite Dauphine. The grapes came up to the cellar looking magnificent. Really strong apple and honey flavours, and a nice tonnage as well. The only problem we encountered with the grapes was surprisingly thin [...]
We will be there to present our enormously popular Shiraz Rose 2010 (above is the 2004 vintage on Moms table). Our Shiraz Rose has a massive following, and if you havent had the chance to try this new vintage yet, then this is the occasion for you. Below is a bit more info from [...]
We have gone with a touch of blue. I think it add’s a nice element to an already appealing label. But I am a bit biased of course….
It has been a while since our last update on the farm. And pretty soon, this will be us, another harvest in the thick of things, doing what we try to do best, crushing grapes, fermenting and making beautiful wines. There have been a few noticeable changes on the farm, firstly our website and [...]