Winemaker and Owner of "The Winery of Good Hope"
How old are you?
Do you live on site?
Does your family help out?
My brother runs the vineyard team and works in the cellar during vintage.
What pets does the winery have?
Pinot is my dog, who follows me everywhere. My girlfriend's dog is Merlot and she adopted us all too. We also have lots of other great wildlife on the farm including fish eagles, blue cranes, Duiker, Rooibok (both types of Deer) and many snakes - the most common being the Cape Cobra.
What is your favourite and least favourite part of the wine making process?
My favourite is when the first grapes of the vintage come in from the vineyard and we start the whole vintage process. My least favourite is when vintage is over.
Do you use any quirky techniques?
We use many old-fashioned techniques: whole bunch pressing for the white, natural ferments in open-top 600L wooden vats for the red, using only wild yeast. We also don't fine or filter the red. The vineyards of the white are all old, bush vines which yield very small crops with great flavours.
Have you always made wine? What would you do if you didn't make wine?
Yes. I did my first vintage when I was 15, for family friends in Burgundy, and then knew that's what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. After 12 years in Burgundy, I moved to the Cape, 3 months after Nelson Mandela became President. The rest is history...! If I wasn't a wine producer I wouldn't know what to do.
What is your favourite grape to work with and why?
Pinot Noir, because it is the most unforgiving, capricious and fickle and the most rewarding.
What's the best wine you've ever tasted?
What is the best music to make wine to?