Who is your Wine-making hero? And Why?
There many great names that have influenced the way I think about wine, but the number onse spot will have to go to Didier Daganau, he was the first winemaker to really champion Sauvignon Blanc and make world class wines that could stand up to any variety in the world.
Best part of the job?
Being creating and crafting a wine over a period of time and then getting to share that joy with others.
When I was asked to judge at the Concours Du Sauvignon in Bordeaux in 2010.
Sharing great champagne with my wife somewhere on an island.
Best wines ever tasted?
The SA wine I admire most is…..
Kanonkop Paul Sauer, I think it is our most icon red wine and has been so for the last 30 years
My favourite food match with (your estate) wines is……………….
Nebbiolo and seared duck breast works unbelievable well.
Favourite local restaurant?
I always wanted to learn how….
To speak French
My biggest challenge Is….
To create world class wines that will hang around even when I’m not here to show them to people anymore. To create a wine that is timeless.
My funniest moment on the job
Was when I fell of the press and cracked a rib and got concussed, while pressing Semillon. Ok, it was funny afterwards…
If my private cellar caught fire I’d grab……….
The best cultivars to work with are…………..
Sauvignon blanc and Semillon, I think they are made for each other
A great moment for me
Is when the first grapes come in to the cellar, the excitement is incredible.
When I’m not drinking wine I’m sipping-
Local craft beers or good whiskey.