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    the house
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    it's fenced in, very private with lots of bird life, loungers, swimming toys, umbrella & a sauna. All fenced in, so safe for our junior guests.
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    That Place:

    a place to BBQ and chat on sunny days and balmy evenings and even in stormy weather.
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    Al fresco dining -after the cooking is done, the long table, fit for all occasions.
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    Freeflow from kitchen to dining to lounge .
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    gas stove, fridge, pots 'n pans ... all the essentials for a fine holiday.
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    That Place:

    open plan view from lounge to kitchen leading out onto the wooden deck.
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    That Place:

    sunny and light, with en-suite bathroom and views out onto the elephant sanctuary.
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    That Place:

    teddies, toys, games, lots of books and even a dress up box.
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    That Place:

    the downstairs, outside bedroom - a quiet haven, a private deck and private views.
  • That Place & Ons Hoek:

    That Place & Ons Hoek:

    And here are the elephants - just across the valley.
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    the farm
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    the vineyards
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    a colourful showing
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    Pinot Noir grapes ripening in the sun
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    vines are a-growing
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    veils for the vines - keeping them safe from the sun and the birds
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    footsteps through the vineyards. Fair or foul weather, they need lots of attention
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    it's a dog's life: Dean, the supervisor
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    Pinot Noir - ready for picking
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    William Baskerville inspecting the harvest
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    in the barrels
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    pre-bottling tastings - with the wine master Anton Smal
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    delicious Pinot noir
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    Ons Hoek:

    the house overlooking the lily pond.
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    undercover BBQ/braai area
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    Ons Hoek:

    Open plan dining & lounge
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    lounge area
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    Ons Hoek:

    well equipped kitchen
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    Master bedroom
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    bathroom
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    Ons Hoek:

    the second bedroom

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Demesne:   (n)/di’mein, di’mi:n –  The Lord’s waste.  A piece of land attached to the manor and retained by the owner (the Lord) for their own use.

About The Butlers: David has always had a penchant for gardening, he loves trees, and things grow for him. We also both like wine – especially that evening glass after a long day’s work! So one day while we were wandering around our little Demesne, with a glass of excellent vintage and the dogs, he looked across at Bramon Wine Estate and said “what about we do a small field?”  So we nipped across to Peter & Caroline Thorpe (the Thorpe’s of Bramon), had dinner and planned our wine future on a paper table mat and that pretty much sealed it. So easy, that small white piece of paper …

 About the Vineyard:  That Field now boasts 1308 Pinot Noir vines – there was a lot of growth in the first season, both for us and the vines. The vines caTWD robertme through it a lot easier than we did. It is addictive, this growing of vines for the making of wines. So addictive, we decided  to create another area: That Field Too is growing a storm  – 1500 bustling Pinot Noir vines which will be ready for the 2018 season. And, just to add a little lustre, we planted 600 vines in That Other Field in 2016 and 2018 a further 2200 vines have been planted on That’s The Last Field! In total we now have 1.5 hectares of Pinot Noir vines.  All very exciting.

 

About Growing and Producing Wine in the Area:  The climate of PletAnton Smal with David Butler That Winetenberg Bay seems to be ideal for Pinot Noir. The vineyard is in an area called The Crags, about twenty kilometres east of Plett. As the name suggests, the area is mountainous and the vines are planted on the edge of a deep gorge.  Fresh sea breezes funnel up the gorge ensuring that temperatures are seldom higher than the low-to-mid twenties and we (and the vines) are spared the intense heat of the Western Cape winelands. The soil is well-suited as for wine production: a fairly thin layer of topsoil over koffieklip and then clay (a profile quite similar to parts of the Hemel and Aarde valley).

About the 2016 Vintage: The first crop had a difficult time: we had 2017 vintagequite a wet spring with consequent mildew problems. The berry size was quite large for Pinot, and we lost a lot of grapes to birds and botrytis. We made a grand total of 577 bottles but despite the difficulties, the verdict from expert opinions (many opinions) has been that this is an excellent beginning.   Young as it is, it displays several of the important characteristics: good legs, exceptional colour, definite structure. The tannins are very gentle. Second-fill barrels were used, so the wood is very light, and the acids are good.

About the 2017 Vintage:  The vines are a year older and are stronger and more uniform. It has been a hot, dry summer and the berries were small and full of flavour. Again, we significantly reduced the crop load so as not to tire the young vines. The yield Is double that of 2016, and this vintage has a whopping 1282 bottles! We harvested earlier this year and the wine is lighter bodied with more red berry notes, hints of forest floor, elegant structure and low tannins.

Paying it Forward: We are delighted that That Wine was chosen by the FRIENDS OF KURLAND FOUNDATION to represent the value a small local venture has in long-term support in a poor areharvest 2017 (7)a: permanent, full-time employment in a learning environment.

This Dutch foundation is run by Marc Schoon at Madiba Travel and Pieter van Rensburg, a local Plettenberg Bay resident.  Through this foundation, funds are raised to run various projects in Kurland Village.  Its aims are ambitious, but simple: uplifting the community, in particular the youth, by developing and improving the welfare of the community.

For further details contact Marc at marc@madibatravel.nl  website: www.madibatravel.nl 

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How to prepare That Wine for opening and drinking: 

Chill your bottle(s), open (you’ll need a corkscrew) and let it breathe, the longer, the better. Select your glass: pour, sip, savour.

Goes perfectly with good food, good company, a good book and a good walk with the dogs … of course.

NOTES ON THE 2017 VINTAGE:

VARIETY:   100% Pinot Noir – Single vineyard wine

HARVEST DATA: Brix – 21.75% with production leve 2.8tonnes/ ½ ha

WINEMAKER:  Anton Smal

WINEMAKING:     Destemmed & crushed/ Fermentation vessel: Polymer loose lid tank/Fermentation Barrel type – French Oak/New wood – 30%/ Maturation – 8 months/ Filtration – yes/ Bottled – Sept 2017

 WINE ANALYSIS:   Alcohol: 12%/pH 3.55/ Residual sugar (g/l): 2.4/ Acidity (g/l): 5.4/ SO² at bottling (mg/l): 98

 PRODUCTION:    1281 (750ml) bottles

 TASTING NOTES:   Lustrous garnet red. Primary aromas of black cherry, strawberry and spice with hints of truffle and pine needles. Gentle aging in French Oak barrels gives  complex, delicate structure. Long in the mouth.  Moderate tannins, good acid spikes.

FOOD MATCH:  Beef – Braaied or Bourguignon, Casseroles, Stews, Mushroom or Truffle-based dishes, Pastas, Venison, Duck, Chicken, Salmon (or any rich fish), Camembert & Brie

CELLARING:   Up to 5 years from vintage2006-01-01 00.01.04