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Open Day 2010, on Saturday July 31

Date: Tue, Jul 27, 2010 Winery Blogs

by Angie Tieling



Come and join us for the Haskell Vineyards/ Dombeya Wines
Open Day 2010, on Saturday July 31
.

On show will be every Haskell wines we have in bottle, including the unreleased Haskell IV 2007 and the Haskell Aeon 2008 - along with a selection of Dombeya.

The day kicks off at 11am and everyone is welcome (there is no charge), so bring your friends and kids as well.

Hope to see you there!

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Dave Brookes- Eden Valley, Australia

Date: Sat, Jul 24, 2010 Winery Blogs

by Angie Tieling



We caught up with social media guru Dave Brookes at his 1850's built house in the beautiful Eden Valley, Australia. This isn't the house- just the duck pen!

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Dombeya and Social Media

Date: Thu, Jul 22, 2010 Winery Blogs

by Grant Dodd



The landscape of on-line communication seems to evolve so quickly that it is hard to keep up with where it is all heading. If like me, you thought not long ago that e-mail was hard-core, on the edge technical brilliance then you'll understand where I'm coming from.

But if you don't evolve you become extinct, and we've made a concerted effort to tap into the social media revolution that seems to be overtaking the world at present.

So if you are with program, and want to see what the Haskelland Dombeya team is up to on a day to day basis on our key Social Media vehicles, check out the following,

Twitter

Facebook

Twitter-Haskell

Drop by for a chat, there's usually someone around.

Cheers

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That's not a vine...This is a vine!

Date: Thu, Jul 22, 2010 Winery Blogs

by Grant Dodd



A quick trip to the Barossa Valley this week (many thanks to Vintners Restaurantin Angaston too for listing Dombeya Boulder Road Shiraz 2007) and with a spare half hour or so I dropped in on Marco Cirillo.

The name probably won't be familiar, but the Cirillo family are owners of what are believed to be the oldest productive Grenache vines in the world. Planted in 1850, these 160 year old treasures sit proudly in a single vineyard adjacent to the Cirillo family home, and are tended to by hand at every step of the viticultural process by Marco, one of the most passionate winemakers in the Barossa Valley.

It is a phenomenal vineyard site, the vines standing like tree's despite the brittleness of age, giving up tiny volumes of concentrated Grenache fruit that Marco turns into wine nectar.

It really hasn't been widely publicized that the vineyard exists, but this treasure should be recognised and the uniqueness of it recorded. If you love wine then you love what this represents- for the record there are also 160 year old Semillon vines here too, the fruit vinified and sold as a $20 Barossa Semillon. History in a bottle for 20 bucks.

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Haskell Vineyards/Dombeya Wines - Open Day, July 31

Date: Thu, Jul 15, 2010 Winery Blogs

by Grant Dodd



The Haskell Vineyards/Dombeya Wines Open Day for 2010 will be held on July 31, so pencil ( preferably pen!) it into your diary, iphone, ipad or whatever passes for a reminder portal in the electronic age.

Last year was a great success, with a terrific turnout making their way up Annandale Rd to join us for a tasting of every vintage of Dombeya ever made.

Our intention is to change the theme subtly every year, and in keeping with that ideal, this year we will be opening all the Haskell wines we have in bottle ( along with a selection of Dombeya), including the unreleased Haskell IV 2007 and the new vintages of Haskell Aeon 2008 and Haskell Pillars 2008.

We'll also be showing barrel samples of some new wines in the Haskell pipeline, plus holding a 'Name the Grape' competition. Whoever can correctly identify the grape variety across five barrel samples from the 2010 vintage will win a three pack of Haskell wines for their sleuthing!


Cabernet Sauvignon/Bordeaux blend Masterclass- with Rianie Strydom

The day kicks off at 11am, but at 10am, for the first 15 people to register, a Cabernet Sauvignon/Bordeaux Blend Masterclass will be held by Rianie Strydom in the Haskell cellar.

This is a rare opportunity to taste with one of South Africa's most lauded winemakers and to find out in person her philosophy regarding the growing, vinification and blending of the noble Bordeaux varieties.

As mentioned, places are limited so please book early if you are interested. There is no charge for the Masterclass or entry to the Open Day.

Hope to see you on July 31!

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Long Table Beef Strips with the Dombeya Samara 2006

Date: Sat, Jul 10, 2010 Winery Blogs

by Werner Els



The Food and Wine pairing of the Week: The Long Table Marinated Beef Strips and the Dombeya Samara 2006.

It has been a while since I had a dish so simple and so good.
The beef strips are marinated in Chef Corli's secret combination of herbs, spices and garlic, served with sour cream and potato rounds.

Paired with the Dombeya Samara 2006, a Bordeaux Blend consisting of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 7% Malbec. Oaked for 12 months in a combination of new and 2nd fill French oak, this wine is rich with dark berry flavours and spice. The wine has a full, smooth finish that lingers on the palate that went well with the creamy and savoury meat flavours of the beef strips.

The dish is excellent for those crave a light meaty lunch and pairs excellently with the Dombeya Samara 2006


Come and visit us at the Long Table Restaurant and Cafe.
Breakfast 08:00 until 11:00
Lunch 12:00 until 16:00
Tuesday to Sunday
Phone 021 881 3746

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Dombeya Faces in Singapore

Date: Wed, Jul 7, 2010 Winery Blogs

by Grant Dodd



Just a few of the friendly faces of the SSWC staff in Singapore during our July visit.

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On the Road with Dombeya- Singapore, July 5

Date: Wed, Jul 7, 2010 Winery Blogs

by Grant Dodd



There is something about Singapore that appeals to me. Maybe it's the order of the place- everything seems to run like clockwork, and despite the accusation of boringness sometimes leveled at it, doing business here is about as easy as it gets in SE Asia.

And there is a burgeoning interest in wine here. Not so long ago it was quite eurocentric in nature, but tastes are broadening and whilst Australia has been the chief beneficiary of this spirit of adventure up till now, South Africa is getting into the mix and for Haskell/Dombeya, this is one of our most promising export markets.

Market visits are all about meeting people, and building relationships. This is the core, the lifeblood of the wine business. First thing Monday was a tasting with Denise the Wine Store staff at HQ, then a bit of work with the wholesale team on understanding our range.

Later in the afternoon it was out to a big shopping centre near Sentosa Island for a consumer tasting, and it was amazing how much wine we sold just standing there pouring and talking. If you can put a name and a face to your product, and relay the message of what you are doing in a passionate way then you have some chance of succeeding in this business. There are no shortcuts, at least none that we've been able to find so far. If anyone has any ideas then we're all ears!

Only a quick visit this time around, but Dombeya will be back in October for the SSWC Wine Fiesta, an open air wine extravaganza held every year. Reports are that it goes off- another event to pack into our already crammed schedule for 2010.

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On the Road with Dombeya- Sunshine Coast, Australia

Date: Wed, Jun 30, 2010 Winery Blogs

by Grant Dodd



Funny where you find wine festivals. And passionate wine lovers, for that matter.

Last Sunday, Dombeya headed an hour and a half north of Brisbane to the Hyatt Regency Coolum for their Taste of Coolum wine event. It's a food and wine weekend that has been running for a number of years, and one that seems to get a little bigger with each passing year.

And this year was sold out, with the doors closing for ticket sales at 1pm on the day, which meant that there were over 1500 people in the two halls that were used.

It was a great crowd too. Most of them just out for a great afternoon with friends, tasting wines and eating good food, but a few with greater ambitions as well and as a result there was plenty of banter and questions floating around.

The banter changed a touch as the afternoon wore on, but this lovely couple pictured above were one of the highlights of the day. Not only did they bring me some terrific pork belly and oysters ( I was manning the fort single handed) but the gent in question showed me a new wine tasting technique the likes of which I had never seen.

Each sample poured spent no longer than half a second in his mouth. It was a tour de force of power tasting, a commitment to consumption of Herculean proportions. And he wasn't in the least bit snobbish about varieties either- Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, no problem, down the hatch!

They were a lot of fun, and one of the reasons why I reckon we'll head back again next year for a visit to reacquaint ourselves with the friends we made this year and to hopefully make some new ones as well.

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The Long Table Beef Burger and the Dombeya Shiraz

Date: Sat, Jun 26, 2010 Winery Blogs

by Werner Els



The Food and Wine pairing of the week will be the Long Table Beef Burger and the Dombeya Shiraz 2007.

The Boulder Road Shiraz has wonderful Rhone-style floral notes and elegant fruit but still full of red berry and cherry flavours. The combination of first, second and third fill french oak barrels give the wine a subtle smokiness. The wine pairs very well with the Long Table Beef Burger, made from hand chopped Sirloin with Bone Marrow, Wild Mushrooms and Onion confit with Proscuitto and Mustard Béarnaise.
The onion confit really brings out the smokiness from the Shiraz and the savory meaty flavours with the Béarnaise sauce creaminess pairs well with the elegant but firm fruit characteristics from the wine.

The Long Table Beef Burger is perfect for those who are coming for lunch hungry and pairs best with the Dombeya Shiraz 2007.

Come and visit us at the Long Table Restaurant and Cafe.
Breakfast 08:00 until 11:00
Lunch 12:00 until 16:00
Tuesday to Sunday
Phone 021 881 3746

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Crispy Chicken Salad and Dombeya Chardonnay

Date: Sat, Jun 19, 2010 Winery Blogs

by Werner Els



The Food and Wine pairing of the week will be the Crispy Chicken Salad and the Dombeya Chardonnay 2009.

The Dombeya Chardonnay 2009 has a fresh fruit flavour, reminiscent of fresh pear and apricots with a subtle lemon and mineral character with a hint of smokiness on the after taste. The fresh and zesty flavours pair well with the crunch of the crispy chicken and the sesame seeds lend to a bit of nut-like characteristic that compliments the wine perfectly. The avocado's creaminess also blend well with the fullness of the wine and the roasted vegetables combined Corli's Secret Sauce (which is a complex vinaigrette style sauce with herb undertones) matches the hint of green on the Chardonnay.

The Crispy Chicken Salad is a perfect option as a light lunch and pairs best with the Dombeya Chardonnay 2009.

Come and visit us at the Long Table Restaurant and Cafe.
Breakfast 08:00 until 11:00
Lunch 12:00 until 16:00
Tuesday to Sunday
Phone 021 881 3746

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A Whitened Winelands!

Date: Thu, Jun 17, 2010 Winery Blogs

by Rianie Strydom



Now, we are supposed to be living in a fairly temperate climate in Stellenbosch, but someone forgot to tell that to the weather gods this week.

And if the picture looks cold, then be assured it was. But a nice cold stretch of weather is a good thing during the vine dormancy peiod. Over the last 40 years we have seen a gradual warming with regard to the median July temperature and so anything that offers a bit of respite to that is a good thing. Of course, no-one is suggesting that a couple of cold days is a pointer to a trend emerging, but we'll wait and see. This is the Helderberg range in the background of the estate at Haskell/Dombeya, covered in a nice frosting of snow- it sure is pretty!

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South African Wine Twitter Tasting Day!

Date: Fri, Jun 11, 2010 Winery Blogs

by Grant Dodd



It's opening day of World Cup 2010, and what better day to start a worldwide tasting of South African wine on Twitter.

And it can't get any simpler than this. Buy a bottle of South African wine and Tweet about it. Check out Drink South African for more info. Use the hash tag #SAfricaWine when posting and get into the spirit of South Africa, wine and World Cup 2010!

We'll be into it on @dombeyawine so drop by to see what we are drinking.

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Birthday!

Date: Fri, Jun 4, 2010 Winery Blogs

by Werner Els



Happy Birthday to Tracey Snare our Chief Financial Officer!
The Haskell and Dombeya team wishes you many more years and suprised her with a trio of meringue straight from The Longtable's kitchen
"Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words."

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