Geelkop – where the veld turns yellow

Geelkop – where the veld turns yellow

The locals refer to it as skilpadbossie, the little grey shrub whose botanical name is Crassula ericoides. In autumn it sheds its dull coat and turns bright yellow. Somewhere between Upington and Keimoes there is an outcrop covered in skilpadbossie and way back in time, Old Man Bain was so charmed by its yellow splendour that he baptised the hillock Geelkop (literally Yellow Butt). It is here, at Geelkop, where the first private cellar in the Below Orange River Wine Region has just opened its wooden doors.

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THE OLIFANTS RIVER REGION AWAKENS – Major plans for red wine

The cellars of the Olifants River wine region are characterised by marked contrasts. For some, “Bigger is better”, while for other, smaller cellars, it is the difference between quantity and quality that counts. One thing is certain, however – this wine region is fast gaining ground with its philosophy that quantity and quality are indeed reconcilable.

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Paul Roos pupils make their own wine

Paul Roos Gymnasium in Stellenbosch is the only school in the country, and possibly the world, whose curriculum includes a winemaking module. On the basis of an interest in winemaking, twelve pupils from grade six to eleven* were selected for the course which lasts a year. The first Paul Roos wine, a 2000 vintage, is now being matured in four small oak barrels on Middelvlei Estate.

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@anuravineyards Pinotage Reserve 2016
@badsberg_winecellar Pinotage 2018
@beyerskloof Winemaker's Reserve 2017
@diemersdalwines Reserve 2018
@fleurducapwines Series Privée 2016
@kanonkopwineestate Pinotage 2015
@survivorwines Pinotage 2017
@simonsigwines Redhill 2017
@vondelingwines Bowwood 2016
@wildekrans Barrel Select Reserve 2016

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  • What better way to spend a rainy afternoon than bringing top Sauvignon Blancs from South Africa and New Zealand together at @kleinezalze, with guest of honour Erica Crawford from @loveblockwine. From classic elegance to fruit bombs to the cream of the crop, each flight evoked mutual appreciation and surprise at this varietal's chameleon abilities. Thanks to @emilewow for making it happen.
  • Have you ever seen a bottle like this? Simonsig's 50th anniversary Steen (Chenin Blanc) was bottled in this very distinctive 1.5 litre magnum.
  • Not just a pretty place! @cavalliestate demonstrated their equestrian heart also pumps some very classy wines. Winemaker Craig Barnard led a tasting of the components that go into their flagship white blend Cremello: Chenin, Chardonnay and a honey & butterscotch Verdelho - all from their own vineyards. Not to be outdone, head chef Michael Deg followed up with a lunch that would bring out the best of this and their flagship Bordeaux blend Warhorse.

PS. Don't miss Cavalli's impressive private collection of sports and music memorabilia in the gallery below deck. We spotted a Maradonna jersey, Rocky Marciano boxing gloves and guitars signed by U2 and Billy Joel. Now that's art. 
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