A Vintage day at the 330th Anniversary of Boschendal

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Vines were first planted in the Cape in 1655 by Jan van Riebeek. Boschendal in the Franschhoek valley was established thirty years later in 1685. They invited us to join them in commemorating 330 years of wine at Boschendal last week. There was a special gala dinner on Wednesday 12th of August, we were invited, with other media, to a celebration lunch on Thursday 13th of August. We don’t mind dressing up for an event but when you get an invitation to a 330 year anniversary lunch and the invitation says “Dress: Vintage” we did have a few anxious moments wondering what we were going to wear. Especially as we were being collected at 10h45 from the Waterfront. To wear Jacobean dress? Would we fit in the bus? To go as peasant farmers of one of the periods since wine was planted in the Cape? We certainly didn’t have anything suitable in our cupboards. Lynne slept on the problem and came up with the solution. We have our own vintages and so we dressed accordingly. It was a marvellous celebration. If you want to help them celebrate you can join them on Heritage Day on the 24th of September when they willl be having an Ox roast and for the small sum of R285 pp and R85 for children under 13 you can go and enjoy a feast. To quote them ” Expect platters heaped with seasonal produce, great wine including some new Boschendal releases, and an upbeat atmosphere enhanced by the live music of ‘Slow Jack’.” Booking is essential. www.boschendal.com/events/view/farm-feast-ox-roast The historic manor house DSC 5310888 A Vintage day at the 330th Anniversary of Boschendal The ladies in their vintage gear
Marguerite Nel, Samantha Linsell, JeanriTine van Zyl, Lynne Jarché Ford.
Lynne is Vintage 1947 DSC 5310668 A Vintage day at the 330th Anniversary of Boschendal We had some great Boschendal MCC bubbly before we embarked aboard the bus and when we arrived DSC 5310671 A Vintage day at the 330th Anniversary of Boschendal Someone said Lynne looked like an air hostess, another The Queen! Hmm John’s camera is a 1938 Agfa, given to his mother by his father as an engagement present 20150820 AG A Vintage day at the 330th Anniversary of Boschendal Three elegant ladies. Marguerite Nel, Lynne and JeanriTine van Zyl DSC 5310678 A Vintage day at the 330th Anniversary of Boschendal Chatting to an old friend about his new job at Boschendal, Executive Chef Christiaan Campbell DSC 5310686 A Vintage day at the 330th Anniversary of Boschendal The wine vintage DSC 5310688 A Vintage day at the 330th Anniversary of Boschendal Old oaks DSC 5310690 A Vintage day at the 330th Anniversary of Boschendal Our favourite Boschendal wine rep Kathy van Niekerk with the bus DSC 5310693 A Vintage day at the 330th Anniversary of Boschendal A quick tour of the wine cellar by red winemaker Richard Duckitt DSC 5310702 A Vintage day at the 330th Anniversary of Boschendal Where we were joined by the white wine maker Lizelle Gerber and new assistant winemaker Tammy Jaftha DSC 5310708 A Vintage day at the 330th Anniversary of Boschendal It’s an impressive barrel collection DSC 5310710 A Vintage day at the 330th Anniversary of Boschendal drawing off samples from the barrels using a “wine thief” . They were much enjoyed, there is lots of concentration and life in these wines to come DSC 5310714 A Vintage day at the 330th Anniversary of Boschendal Richard Duckitt  tells us about what we are sampling DSC 5310721 A Vintage day at the 330th Anniversary of Boschendal They use mainly (expensive!) French barrels DSC 5310733 A Vintage day at the 330th Anniversary of Boschendal One of the friendly farm horses DSC 5310736 A Vintage day at the 330th Anniversary of Boschendal The newly planted kitchen garden for Chef Christiaan Campbell’s needs. DSC 5310742 A Vintage day at the 330th Anniversary of Boschendal Lots of raised beds, arbours, with lots of different vegetables and herbs and some fruit, everything a chef could desire DSC 5310743 A Vintage day at the 330th Anniversary of Boschendal The horticulturist who is in charge of the garden answering some of our many questions DSC 5310747 A Vintage day at the 330th Anniversary of Boschendal Spring plantings are springing up. This should look superb in a few weeks DSC 5310750 A Vintage day at the 330th Anniversary of Boschendal Rows of different lettuces DSC 5310751 A Vintage day at the 330th Anniversary of Boschendal DSC 5310754 A Vintage day at the 330th Anniversary of Boschendal An interesting method of raising beds, which have easy access DSC 5310755 A Vintage day at the 330th Anniversary of Boschendal The restaurant overlooks the kitchen garden DSC 5310756 A Vintage day at the 330th Anniversary of Boschendal More bubbly on the terrace, which looks a great place to spend a summer lunch DSC 5310757 A Vintage day at the 330th Anniversary of Boschendal The pretty Celebration Brut bottles of the 1685 MCC, it is a clean and crisp DSC 5310793 A Vintage day at the 330th Anniversary of Boschendal Many bottles were poured DSC 5310771 A Vintage day at the 330th Anniversary of Boschendal The sommelier and his colleagues who were all wonderfully attentive and anticipated the guests’ every need DSC 5310772 A Vintage day at the 330th Anniversary of Boschendal Canapés of smoked salmon, salmon caviar and cream cheese on a crisp cracker DSC 5310775 A Vintage day at the 330th Anniversary of Boschendal Sometimes, we have to do these wonderful events DSC 5310776 A Vintage day at the 330th Anniversary of Boschendal Winemaker Lizelle Gerber impressing with some Sabrage on the MCC bubbly DSC 5310788 A Vintage day at the 330th Anniversary of Boschendal The lunch menu Boschendal%2Bmenu A Vintage day at the 330th Anniversary of Boschendal Welcomed by Jacques Roux, Marketing Director of Douglas Green Bellingham, who produce and distribute the Boschendal wines DSC 5310794 A Vintage day at the 330th Anniversary of Boschendal Chef Christiaan Campbell explains the menu DSC 5310813 A Vintage day at the 330th Anniversary of Boschendal The starter of freshwater crayfish (never enough!) with dumplings of light gnocchi, dressed with a superbly made seafood bisque sauce and a few peas. Liked the contrast of the nice crisp and tangy addition of zesty compressed apples. This was served with both the Boschendal 1685 Chardonnay 2014 and their Elgin 2014 Sauvignon Blanc. Both matched well but the Chardonnay won for us DSC 5310821 A Vintage day at the 330th Anniversary of Boschendal Winemaker Richard Duckitt talked about the wines we were served with lunch DSC 5310826 A Vintage day at the 330th Anniversary of Boschendal A garden salad with roasted pear with a fennel dressing DSC 5310853 A Vintage day at the 330th Anniversary of Boschendal The witty main course, speared with a rib, was served “family style”, so we could help ourselves. However, this enormously generous family sized portion was served to every two guests! Succulent, slow cooked rib of beef in a master  stock marinade topped with gremolata, salt baked celeriac (love it), roasted vegetables and oh, so crisp potato wedges. On the left, some tiny lilly pilly fruits (Australian cherry) which were pickled and added a great contrast to the rich meal. Doggie bags were called for. We drank the Boschendal Grand Reserve 2013 and the Grand Selection 2013, both lovely fruit filled wines with elegance DSC 5310861 A Vintage day at the 330th Anniversary of Boschendal Dessert was a small “white chocolate” sponge, with fresh & dehydrated guava, a guava sorbet, aged Cape gooseberries, white chocolate worms , sprinkled with roasted almond flakes. The star wine was the fabulous 2013 Vin D’Or, absolute nectar and honey, perfect with any dessert DSC 5310864 A Vintage day at the 330th Anniversary of Boschendal New DGB Marketing Director Greg Castle makes the final speech of this great occasion and thanks us for coming DSC 5310871 A Vintage day at the 330th Anniversary of Boschendal A happy chef ! 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