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25/05/2016
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Bushy Tails from Perdeberg – Issue Seven

I am bursting at the vines to share the highlight of my time as a Perdeberg Vine. Jenny Morris, yes, the Jenny Morris, ‘The Giggling Gourmet’ International Celebrity Chef, radio and TV presenter and author, came to visit me. We spent some time together, catching up; giggling, toasting the latest harvest … I even got […]

Bushy Tails from Perdeberg – Issue Six

The 20th of March 2016 saw the official start of autumn which means we are now even closer to Winter, our rainy season here in the fairest Cape, and I am crossing all my branches and stems in hope that we have a very rainy Winter, we all know how much I need it. June […]

Bushy Tails from Perdeberg – Issue Five

A few blasts of relief, in the form of a meagre 25mm of rainfall in the last week, have helped perk me up and keep me going. I know I have to be grateful for small mercies, but enough now of this heatwave nonsense. Do you know that the first 20 days of this year […]

How To Taste Wine

How To Taste Wine

There are different ways to enjoy a glass of wine, aren’t there? You can invite some friends round to chat over a bottle of Merlot. Or you can sit down to a delicious meal you’ve paired with the perfect tipple. Whatever the occasion, wine certainly adds a dash of magic to it. But what about […]

Bushy Tails from Perdeberg – Issue Four

I had an early Christmas present in the form of 20mm of rainfall so I’m storing this up for the not so festive dry spell ahead. I’ve had no choice but to drop even more of my grapes as my berries are very small – and they will need all the strength they can muster […]

Bushy Tails from Perdeberg – Issue Three

I’ve had an interesting time in the last month. First of all, the bad news – it reached 41 degrees during our recent mini heatwave in my vineyard and we became a little dispirited, not to say downright thirsty. Then, the heavens blessed us with some good news in the form of a great big […]

Bushy Tails from Perdeberg – Issue Two

Message from Prudence, the Perdeberg vine (who lives in the Agter Paarl region) I have been really thirsty – we’ve had a dismal rainfall this winter (52mm in August and September, compared with 140mm in the same period last year). I had a little drink this week because it rained a bit … but now […]

Bushy Tails from Perdeberg – Issue One

I’m Prudence, the Perdeberg vine and I live in the Agter Paarl region. We’ve had a really dry winter – less than half the rainfall we usually have. But don’t worry – I’m made of stern stuff. Together with my fellow vines, we rise to the challenge of stressful and ever changing micro climate conditions. […]