It has been some time since we wrote anything, but that does not mean nothing happened!
On the contrary….
The last two years saw the birth of our two sons, Wilhelm Johann and Malan Jacobus Sadie.
We moved back to the Swartland, where David grew up, to pursue our dreams of focusing on our own projects & we also started a new farm-focused project called Paardebosch.
To top it all our ultimate wine dream came true: The restoration of a 220 year old and beautiful cellar in the Siebritskloof, Paardeberg.
We moved into the Paardebosch winery in December 2014, just in time for the very early and quick 2015 harvest.
Speaking of which, the harvest lasted only four and a half weeks! January saw high temperatures which made the very dry pre-season effect worse. Winter 2014 was also not a patch to 2013’s rainfall and the Swartland soils were/still is dry. February was most probably the “coolest” February we have experienced in the Swarltand with quite cool evening temperatures, ensuring the last grapes not to all ripen on the same time, although, harvest 2015 still felt like everything happened at once!
We are working with various vineyards and soil types throughout the Swartland and have a “base” farm where our winery is located and which David farm as well.
Our new Paardebosch project is a farm-focused project based on old vineyards, steep mountain granite soils and mainly bush vines situated on the Paardebosch farm itself.
With the Paardebosch range we aim to capture the uniqueness of a specific property as all the grapes are sourced from the farm, whereas with the David range our focus is the whole of the Swartland and parcels of grapes from various different plots are used.
We have released the first of our Paardebosch wines at the Swartland Revolution in November 2014. The project is focused on Chenin blanc and Pinotage from the farm. We started small with the new project and has exported since to UK, Maldives, Belgium and Holland.
Locally, the wines are only still available at a few retailers and restaurants.
To get your hands on some good wines you can contact us to order.