Who is your Wine-making hero? And Why?
Didier Dagueneau, he is a legend in the Sauvignon blanc world and was the first person to step out of the conventional Sauvignon banc mentality when making his wines.
Best part of the job?
The fact that you always have something in common to talk about with anyone because no matter what, everyone has an opinion about wine.
Being fortunate enough to experience different winemaking experiences all over the world, from Barossa, Napa, St Emilion, Pommerol, Sancerre and even Tokaj.
Another highlight was being recognised as one of the top 30 young wine makers in South Africa and then later as one of the top 30 young wine makers in the world.
However, my greatest career highlight is being involved in making the legendary Vin de Constance.
Our family has shares in a cottage in the mountains close to Waterfal Boven in Mpumalanga called Coch-Y-Bondhu. It’s the perfect getaway; no electricity, trout for fly fishing, endless walks, huge fireplace and just a great place to get away from everything.
Best wines ever tasted?
I would have said 1821 Vin de Constance, but because I can’t choose my own, I would have to say Rayne Vigneau, Sauternes, 1942. An absolutely mind blowing experience.
The SA wine I admire most is…..
My favourite food match with (your estate) wines is……………….
Something plain and simple and not over the top, always goes down well
Favourite local restaurant?
Drinking before noon and Fast food
I always wanted to learn how to
Be as cool as my Grandfather
My biggest challenge
My funniest moment on the job
Watching my cellar workers try to eat sushi for the first time with chop sticks
If my private cellar caught fire I’d grab……….
My corkscrew, I have had it for 10 years now and it has opened some amazing wines. All the good wine has already been drunk; life is too short to save wine.
The best cultivars to work with are…………..
Cultivars that play by rules and do what they are supposed to, so I must say Sauvignon blanc
A great moment for me ………..
Opening that first ice cold beer at the end of a rough day
When I’m not drinking wine I’m sipping……
On an Ice cold Amstel