So when can we expect to taste the fruits of all the new investment into Lanzerac? Lanzerac should start hitting its stride towards the end of this year.
What do you enjoy most about winemaking? The fact that every day is different and the inherent sense of freedom that brings with it.
Highlights in your career? Spending a season in Margaux, in the Medoc. I suppose anytime you are recognised by your peers is also a highlight.
Your winemaking philosophy? Balance is everything.
The Lanzerac philosophy? To express our Jonkershoek terroir as best as we can.
What do you regard as the main secrets behind Lanzerac’s success? Terroir, and our long-term focus.
What makes Lanzerac’s terroir special? Jonkershoek is special. It is one of the oldest and smallest wards in Stellenbosch. It has a unique climate. The wind plays a big role and the valley is generally a bit cooler than the rest of Stellenbosch.
How do you feel about the South African wine industry’s present standing and its future on the international market? We’ve never been in a better position to capitalize on the international market, but at the same time, the challenges have never been bigger.
What are these challenges? Global warming, rising input costs and the fact that we are at the mercy of international markets.
Your favourite white and red wines – to make and drink? Chardonnay to make and white blends to drink. Pinotage and Bordeaux blends to make and Burgundy style wines to drink (at the moment).
Your favourite pastimes? Surfing, running, mountain biking, fishing – anything that is physical and outdoors.
Your goals and aspirations? Conquer the international wine world.
Can you describe the best glass of wine you’ve ever had the pleasure of drinking? The one I had last evening.
What can you just not do without in your life? My family, the outdoors and good friends.
What’s your life motto? If your dreams don’t make you afraid then they’re not big enough.