At 6am, this morning, we started our 2009 harvest. I had hoped that there would be pictures but, as you can see, there are none.
They should, however, be arriving shortly. We're just waiting on the resident photographer (Mum). She's presently missing in action somewhere in Paarl.
As the title promises our 2009 harvest starts tomorrow, apparently.
With temperatures just refusing to get to their normal January +30 degree mark it could mean that we have to wait to get those sugar levels up to where they need to be.
News around the valley is that the majority of farmer's are finding their harvests running about 2 weeks behind schedule which is not necessarily a bad thing. A delayed harvest means more time to prepare and, when it comes to harvest, you can never have enough preparation time.
On a random aside - our grapes look F.A.N.T.A.S.T.I.C this year. Just look at those healthy, heavy and well-shaped bunches.
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This year we'd like to include you in our harvest. We're going to be playing with short video clips, pictures and blog posts all aimed at keeping you in the loop.
We're not going to get too technical, but we are going to show you what makes us so unique. You'll see pretty much first hand the amount of love that goes into producing all of our wine.
It seems that these days everyone has a secret life. Maybe people have always had secret hobbies and interests? Perhaps it's just gotten a whole lot harder to keep these interests secret.
Today I stumbled across a post from a blog I love almost as much as wine. Yes it's that good. And there he was, our own winemaker - Clayton - the winner of a bowls tournament. Who knew? Clayton a secret bowls player. Amazing. I'm speechless, well almost.
You'll find more here.
It's so cool to see other's in the Franschhoek Valley make as big a deal out of November as we are. Haute Cabriere is running a flippin amazing competition. Head on over to their blog, which is very entertaining, and enter.
I think a few of us might even be entering. The chance to win a day with Achim has an allure not even those in the industry can withstand. Actually in that case don't head on over there and don't enter.
The evil laugh, a bit much? I thought so.
In the spirit of all things November and, therefore, all things Cap Classique-y we've decided to introduce you to our contestant line up.
We have three lovely ladies vying for the title of Ms Môreson Cap Classique 2008. They are, in no particular order -
Ms Brut Rosé
And Ms Cuvee Cape
Ms Blanc de Blanc is pure Chardonnay. She describes herself as a well-balanced, everyday, R78 kind of girl. She been described by others as a timeless beauty that waltzes across your palate. She's considered to be highly intoxicating with many reporting that they fell in love after just one kiss. Quite the temptress.
How will the others stack up against this formidable contestant?
It's nail-biting stuff I tell.
November promises to be a very exciting month on this here blog. There will even be regular posting. I know, hard to believe but the best things in life often are.
From now until the 7th of December we're going to be focusing on Méthod Cap Classique or MCC. Don't be fooled by our innocent demeanor. There is a crafty reason for The Month Focus – drum roll please … The majestic, the fantastic, the phenomenal Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival or, as those in the know refer to it, The Magic of Bubbles.
The name is a tad cheesy but, as you've no doubt come to realise, most festivals have names that embrace the cheese.
We've decided that throughout this month we're going to share our MCC with you. Yay. OK we promise, no actually we swear, not to force feed it to you. If it’s getting too much perhaps we should pick a safe word, something you post in the comments to make it stop. How about sparklingwinedressedupasMCC – oh the horror! Anyway, we thought you might be interested in a little of the behind the scenes stuff. The great, the good, the not good and the plain ugly.
Expect to hear from us 3 times a week. It's OK to get excited. It’s finally time to get those hopes up.