(Is that not what wine farmers talk about?)
The first grapes on Kleinood were harvested on Tuesday 22 January, when we picked the small amount needed for the 2019 Verjus, which was then bottled three days later. Strictly speaking, however, we started on 31 January with picking the first Viognier.
The unexpected rain had no real effect except for the cool respite it brought. The uneven ripening of the grapes suits the Kleinood philosophy of selected harvesting and pressing small batches at a time and wine maker, Reynie Oosthuizen, seems very happy with what he is finding in the vineyards.
With him in the vineyard and in the winery is his full-time vineyard team, Marius, France, Andries, Simon and Julio as well as two interns, Samuel from Sweden and Phillip from Sonoma.
He is extremely excited about the Viognier, and describes it as: “A perfect pale-coloured wine. The peach, floret and a lush mix of citrus shows immense concentration right from the start. Both precise and dense, the scents and flavours flow through into a tightly-wound rich finish. The texture and concentration are already spectacular.”
At this time, too, Kleinood released the Tamboerskloof Syrah 2015 vintage, Viognier 2018, Katharien Rose 2018, and the Tamboerskloof Mourvedre (meevaller) 2012.
World wine authority, Tim Atkin, has awarded every Tamboerskloof Viognier vintage he has ever tasted more than 90 out of a possible 100 points and on 25 November 2018 wine aficionado, Michael Fridjhon, tweets about the wine; “The 2018 has a classical Northern Rhone feel. It is a fresh wine; finely perfumed with wonderful peachy notes.”
The Tamboerskloof Syrah 2015 vintage was awarded 94/100 points by Tim Atkin and one of only thirty-three Syrah’s, to receive a Gold Medal at Syrah du Monde International competition of the best Syrah wines of the world.
What’s the weather like? It’s like summer.
It’s like doing nothing. Delicious.
– Daniel Handler
Petrus Maree & Liezel van Beek
Petrus Maree is a South African artist living in Berlin. He primarily works in large-format photography and oils. After graduating with a doctorate in law and pursuing a career in legal academia and consulting, he decided to reroute in 2016 to focus on making art. He showed his first photographic series, Pedestrian in 2016. He completed his debut series of paintings, Threshold, in 2018.
Liezel van Beek is a creative entrepreneur from Stellenbosch. After her studies in journalism and psychology, she spent seven years in Asia where she started various businesses. Currently she is studying art, completing her master’s degree in Psychology, as well as engaging in ongoing collaborative exploration in photography and poetry with Petrus Maree.
Petrus and Liezel showcased the cyanotypes created at the residency during the last week of November, under the title “Small Wonder”.
As their contribution to the residency, the artists collaborated with a local centre that teaches children reading skills. During an afternoon of fun and snacks, a small group of children learnt about the cyanotype process and then created their own, unique ABC set of cyanotypes.
Producing cyanotype photograms is a camera-less form of photography and can be described as painting with light. Each child prepared a photogram on paper, culminating in a cyanotype print. So, while having fun, the children learnt a new skill and had something, they made themselves and could be proud of, to take home.
Jamestown resident, Greta Bredell, started the reading group for the local primary school kids in 2014. She soon discovered that many of the children’s reading skills were so poor that often they wouldn’t even know the letters of the alphabet. Then, the children’s love of music and dancing gave her the idea to write an Afrikaans ABC rap song to help them learn the alphabet. What started out as a rap without music, where the children used sticks on cake tins and pots to keep the beat, became a music video.
Now published on YouTube, it has received more than 650 000 views! There is now also an English version. Sadly though, many of the children who could benefited from it most, do not have the tools to access it in their homes and nor do the schools they go to.
“…they are the ones that need to
move, and dance, and trust the most.
They need to cartwheel though a freshly burst galaxy of still forming but glowing ideas, never scared to say “Yes! Why not!”
— Caitlin Moran
ABC sets, comprising 26 wall charts, ashcards, an ABC poster, a CD with the song, a DVD with the video, word searches, crossword puzzles and a board game, all related to the video, can be donated to needy schools. For information, or a donation of a set to a school, contact: Greta Bredell on: 0847230866, or, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To watch the video find “rapmyabc” on youtube.com
For more work of the artists, please visit: somelikeitsad.com or petrusmaree.com
Keely Shinners & Dominic Pretorius
“As residency opportunities for fiction writers in South Africa are few and far between, this was a rare opportunity for us to dedicate time to focus on our craft, outside the confines of day jobs and academic obligations, providing the space to make significant inroads into completing our projects.”
During their time at the residency the two young writers, Keely and Dominic, worked on their respective projects.
Keely – How To Build a Home for the End of the World, a magical realist dystopian road trip novel set in a not-so-far-off American future. The result is a poetic, pseudo-archival document that oscillates between science fiction and autobiography. It will serve as her dissertation for her Master’s in Creative Writing at the University of Cape Town and is due for completion by the end of 2019.
Dominic – for the longest time, we don’t know – a short novel about revolutions set in the psychology of Cape Town, with which, he hopes to make a contribution to the ever-widening dimensions of new local literature. Dominic returns to university in 2019.
To acknowledge the completion of the residency, they presented a public reading and Q&A in the residency space to parallel the previous visual artists’ exhibitions.
“You were made
to be yourselves.
You were made
to enrich the world
with a sound, a tone, a shadow.”
– Herman Hesse
As a gift to The Komposjaart, they wrote a short novel about the trials and tribulations of the “Kleintjie-family” on Kleinood.
“The best men, doing their best, know peradventure least of what they do…”
– Elizabeth Barret Browning
Once again, this summer, the smoke was hanging ominously grey over the Stellenbosch mountain, because of the raging fire in Franschhoek. The Western Cape has been under siege all summer – Bettiesbay, Hermanus, Botriver, Grabouw, Table Mountain, Remhoogte and Franschhoek.
Matthew Wraith, son of Mark and Monica Wraith, owners of Keermont farm, is a member of the Volunteer Wild re Services. This summer, with so many other firefighters like them, they have been risking their lives and exposing themselves to the most extreme situations imaginable for the sake of the environment and other people’s safety.
“From when he was little, Matthew wanted to be a firefighter. He attended the Paarl School in Brackenfell for neurally challenged children as he has severe learning difficulties. Academically, he could not reach matric nor attain the Maths and Science prerequisite for formal firefighter training. The Volunteer Wildlife Services, Jonkershoek branch, members assisted him in qualifying as a volunteer firefighter over a two year period; today he has been deployed to an active fire for the third time and he is proudly wearing his yellows. His ‘paying’ job is tractor/quad driver and bottler/packer on Keermont.”
– Monica Wraith
PS: If you have a Woolworths MySchool card, please consider making VWS your beneficiary for funds for equipment and maintenance of vehicles.
“After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, love, and so on — have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear — what remains? Nature remains; to bring out from their torpid recesses, the affinities of a man or woman with the open air, the trees, fields, the changes of seasons — the sun by day and the stars of heaven by night.”
– Walt Whitman