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The Swartland Revolution & Ken's 5 Current favourite wines you must drink before you leave Cape Town

31 January 2015

Another revolution that is happening in wine, is in the Swartland area where a number of exceptional wine makers are making big names for themselves. AA Badenhorst family vineyard is owned by cousins Adi and Hein. Their grandfather was the farm manager at Groot Constantia for 46 years. The two have restored a neglected cellar on the farm in the Swartland and are making natural wines in the traditional manner.

Mullineaux was awarded the 2014 platters SA winery of the year.
A husband and wife team – Chris and Andrea. Mullineaux is a small highly focused family winery based in the village of Riebeek Kasteel.
They are best known for their Granite Syrah, Schist Syrah, Straw wine, Syrah and White Blend.

Callie Louw is the winemaker at Porseleinberg creating organic Syrah vintages.
The Sadie Family with Eben Sadie at the helm has been inspirational in putting Swartland on the map. They produce a small portfolio of highly coveted wines based on Rhone varieties including Syrah, Viogner, Mourvedre, Grenache, Marsanne among others.

All this talk of wine can make a person a little thirsty but also a little confused as to what to drink first. Thankfully the ever helpful Ken McKenzie is here to give you his suggestion of 5 current favourites that you must drink before you leave the country.

“Only 5 wines that’s difficult
In no particular order
Thelema “ The Mint “  Cabernet Sauvignon  ( great Cab )
Bouchard Finlayson Hannibal ( perfect red Blend )
Beaumont Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc
The Foundry Grenache Blanc ( for something different)
KWV Reserve Sauvignon Blanc  ( for everyday quaffing)

Next time ask me for a few more.”


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South Africanisms

weird and wonderful things about south africa and its people

Eish! - Substitute any of the following: No shit! Dang! Holy Cow! Ouch! You're kidding! Bummer! Oh well. Geez!

Submitted by Mark Upton

"What a chop!" A chop is a term used to describe an idiot or a moron. If someone has done something silly, or idiotic, you could call them a chop! for example: John left his car lights on and now his battery is dead... What a chop!

Submitted by Britt Ballantyne

“Jizlaaik” is another wonderfully descriptive word we have for “Goodness gracious!” or “Oh My!” so we might say "jizlaaik my China if South Africa wins the cricket i skeem we should have a dop or two to celebrate”

Submitted by Delarey Potgieter

“Bilksem” is a wonderful South Africanism that basically means "we’re going to give them a hiding” Often a way to explain the punishent we’re going to mete out on an opposing sports team.

Submitted by Charles Williams

"Yebo" a Zulu word meaning yes or used to show approval. For example: Question: "Hi there, can I get a pint in this Shebeen ?" Answer: "Yebo!"

Submitted by Sipho Mahlangu

"LADUMA" Pronounced LA-DOOO-MAH is a popular cheer used at footbal matches to celebrate a goal being scored. shouted loud, with the emphasis on the middle DOOOO this is exaltation at its height (well in so far as sport can get you ecstatic anyway)

Submitted by Angel Witbooi

"Toyi Toyi" (pronounced TOY-TOY) this is a traditional South African form of protest. It is a knees up dance done by protestors and can be very intimidating.

Submitted by Jaques Du Plooy

"Shebeen" - a township tavern or drinking hole. Once illegal and frequently raided by the fuzz, shebeens are now pretty groovy hangouts in the townships. Note- AMEX not accepted here.

Submitted by Justice beeba

"Sharp Sharp" a lovely expression that can mean so many things, but all upbeat and positive. Can be a greeting, a farewell, an agreement or just to express enthusiasm.

Submitted by Shaun O'Connel

We South africans like a bit of a party, and “Epic” denotes a pretty fab party. If its even better than fabulous we may throw in “flipping” before “Epic” . so ... "That Afrika Burn jol was flipping Epic my Bru”

Submitted by Hlumela Masha

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