For the last few years we have been helping with an annual fund raising drive for a great cause. This year is no different with a fantastic evening planned . For more details please see below:
EXPERIENCES @ HAUT ESPOIR
Join the Haut Espoir team for 3 upcoming events in the Franschhoek Valley
29 AUGUST: WINE BLENDING
Blend your own Gentle Giant with the Winemaker. Be able to take your personalized blend home, made with noble varietals blended together to your own taste. R250 person 11:00 till 15:00
19 SEPTEMBER: VINTAGES FROM OUR VINOTHEQUE
Come and taste 11 vintages of Semillon, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon in a parallel tasting.
11:00 is kick off for the tutored tasting and our winemaker; Marozanne will lead you through the past years vintages explaining the nuances of each vintage.
Closing time is 15:00
R600 per person including a glass and snacks during the tasting.
31 OCTOBER: MYSTERY EXPERIENCE
Let the Haut Espoir team take you in our capable hands
for a mystery experience. This experience will definitely include great views, excellent company and even better wine!
Daily activities include cellar tours, wine tastings and fynbos walks.
Contact Marozanne for more information or to book an experience: email@example.com | 021 876 4000
Its been a while and you have probably noticed a few changes recently. On the world wide webs, we have launched our new and improved web site, many thanks to my little Sister, Laura, who is an amazing person and photographer and apparently not too bad at web stuff either.... http://lauraforest.com/
Other news is that Simon Thompson has joined the team from the Banghoek valley, and will be using the space in the cellar that I don't need; to custom crush about 100 tons for a nice bunch of clients. With the change to Bio Dynamics a few years back, our tonnage has dropped significantly and, last year I only used about 7 % of the space in the cellar, and it costs the same to run the cooling and lights and cleaning etc as if it was 100% full, so a mutually beneficial and sustainable approach has been taken to make some income from Custom Crush facilities.
The farms grapes are looking decent this year, they have responded well to the BD500 preps we used, the soil is looking healthy and the flavours are developing late, some of the grapes haven't even turned colour yet, but we are used to harvesting later than every one else so its nothing new. I reckon we will be looking at about 10 tons in total off the farm for Haut Espoir wines, and as soon as its fermenting will let you all know.
And i think the biggest change we are undergoing is that from February we will no longer be by appointment only, and we have refurbished the tasting and you will be welcomed by one of us up here to sit, relax, taste the wines and enjoy the view. If you would like to make sure that you have a cellar tour and or fynbos walk then please give me a heads up. See you soon.
We recently applied our first BD500 preparation to the vines and our vegetable and fruit garden. As part of our transition to biodynamic farming, we use organic compost made on the farm but this preparation is a potent boost to the holistic wellbeing of the soil and plants.
We took turns as we stirred the mix in one of our wine barrels - this preparation requires stirring for an hour, creating vortexes and changing the direction! Hard work, but worth it. We applied this according the the biodynamic chart on a cool day. This compost preparation improves soil humus and plant growth. We saw a difference in the colour and vitality of our vines immediately.
Thanks to Bloublommetjieskloof for the preparation. We look forward to getting some cows and making our own - a project for 2015 and beyond.
It is the Experience Festive Franschhoek initiative from 10 – 16 December 2014. Chef Chris Erasmus of restaurant Foliage invited us to share some Haut Espoir wines and has created an incredible cocktail with Rob Armstrong's buchu brandy, a lemonade by Chef Chris and wild mint.
Our Chardonnay 2010 and Shiraz 2009 will be available for guests to try.
Thanks to Foliage for having us, it's a great way to get excited for Christmas by sharing wonderful tastes with guests to this beautiful valley.
We really enjoyed this Batonage review of the launch of AGP and the support for the unique wines we make in the Franschhoek region.
Congratulations to all fellow trophy winners on the day and we look forward to continuing to grow awareness of Franschhoek's terroir and winemaking community.
For the revival of our "Fynbos Friday" posts, we begin with something currently in bloom on Haut Espoir, and with an important history in South Africa. Fynbos Friday is a way we can share stories and information about the diversity of species on the farm. We are very passionate about all the plants and animals that have made Haut Espoir 'home'.
The Sugarbush was one of the first proteas described by Carl Linnaeus (in 1753), who originally called it Leucadendron repens. Alas, he based his description on Boerhaave’s confusing illustrations, and retained the name for what is now Protea repens: the “creeping” protea (from the Latin repere “to creep”, hence repent). Thus Carl Thunberg’s later, more appropriate, name, Protea mellifera, the “honey-bearing” protea, which was used for almost 200 years, is incorrect. However, both names are better than Pr scolopendriifolia, which is the name we would have had to be using now, had Linneaus not made his mistake and mixed up Boerhaave’s plates..
So how, looking at the size, color and height variance, do we know that it’s Protea repens? The shape of the flowers is very distinctive, chalice-shaped, and forms an inverted, brown “ice-cream cone” seedhead.
For 200 years Protea repens was South Africa’s national flower. It was not officially proclaimed – it had just grown to that status. On 19 February 1976 Protea cynaroides was proclaimed the official national flower of South Africa. The Sugarbush was usurped from its rightful role, gained through popularity, utility and appeal, by a plant with a bigger flower head.
Few other plants are as well ingrained in our history as is Protea repens. In the words of Fred Michel, a Cape Town dance-band leader, who while picnicking amid Sugarbushes on Lion’s Head composed the now world famous song: “Suikerbossie ek wil jou he” (Sugarbush, I want you!).