WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BEST WINES THAT YOU HAVE TASTED?
During my internship at Niepoort in Portugal we got to taste a lot of old Port vintages – my favorite dating back to 1955.
WHO IS YOUR WINEMAKING HERO, AND WHY?
My dad – charismatic, humble & wise. He is not a winemaker, but undoubtedly the person I admire most!
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FUNNIEST MOMENT IN YOUR JOB?
Manzini pump pipes blow up because my friend forgot to open the valve while pumping out lees.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT YOUR JOB?
Disappearing to the vineyards if I want to avoid people.
WHAT IS A GREAT MOMENT FOR YOU?
Sailing from Gordonsbay to Simon’s Town just before sunrise. We had dolphins swimming with us in luminescence.
WHAT IS YOUR DREAM HOLIDAY?
Camping in the southern part of Africa.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE LOCAL RESTAURANT?
I don’t go out a lot – I’ll choose a family braai over any restaurant.
WHAT IS YOUR TIPPLE, WHEN NOT DRINKING WINE?
LOOKING BACK, WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR GREATEST CAREER HIGHLIGHT?
Moving up as winemaker and viticulturist of Uitsig.
WHAT IS THE SOUTH AFRICAN WINE THAT YOU ADMIRE MOST?
Momento Grenache from Marelise Niemann.
WHAT ARE YOUR GUILTY PLEASURES?
Koffie & Beskuit.
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE?
To convince South Africans to spend more on great SA wines. In a global context, their still very affordable and available. Oh and to sell more Semillon of course..
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE VARIETALS TO WORK WITH?
Chardonnay and Syrah.