The 2013 Jackal Bird and 2012  Reds are finally in bottle!  After a few weeks of beautiful weather we had the heaviest rains (and snow) of the year, just over the three days we were bottling. We constructed a makeshift shelter to keep the staff and wines dry and just went for it . Luckily the bottle delivery truck did not get stuck in all the mud like last year,  although we had to tow him back out of the farm with our tractor like a tugboat.

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This is the normally quite stream by the guest house, raging down after all the rain.  I have never seen it so full.

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After the ridiculous wet weather, spring sprung on us almost instantly. All the flowers around the winery and in the vineyard are now in full flower and  looking spectacular.  The lupin cover crop  is particular beautiful with an array of white, pink and purple flowers. We don’t quite have bud burst yet in the vineyard but we are getting very close.

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Andy was out for a visit. He was roped into judge at the swartland’s  Beat my Wors competition (along with Christophe from Joostenberg). I don’t think he has had so much wors in his life!

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Our wors was 100% lamb slaughtered and stuffed from the farm, we thought it was pretty smart but it was clear we needed to up our presentation game.  We served ours on a bed of pork ribs…..

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but Matt form Vondeling took away the best presentation prize with this masterpeice

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