- A weekly run-down of wine news and upcoming events.
- The Cape Winemakers Guild welcomes New Members and Protégès.
- Meet Jocelyn Hogan via Podcast.
"The headlines screamed at him as soon as he saw the paper. He almost screamed back." - Terry Pratchett, Going Postal.
Many things happened last week in the wine industry. The Cape Winemaker's Guild welcomed three new members and three protégès, and the 17th annual Nedbank Vinpro Information Day happened on 19 January in Cape Town. David Clarke of Exanimo released a podcast with Jocelyn Hogan of Hogan wines introducing her new vintage from fabled sites; Radford Dale was appointed to manage the vineyards and wine production of the luxury boutique hotel La Residence in Franschhoek. A third-generation Malan has taken over the reins of the Cape's pioneering Cap Classique Producer, Michael Malan of Simonsig. And this week, the much anticipated Hemel-en-Aarde Pinot Noir Celebration is happening on Saturday, 28 January; though tickets have been sold out, we've found the Good Juice Wine Fair as an exciting alternative if you're hell-bent on some wine culture this upcoming weekend.
Cape Winemaker's Guild - Welcoming New Members and Protégès
The Cape Winemaker's Guild is a group of South Africa's top winemakers (though some of our top winemakers still prefer to remain lone wolves, they are never far from this pack). Last week they welcomed three new members, bringing their number to 41 winemakers in total (membership is by invitation only, and thus an exclusive group to be sure). They are red winemakers to a man (though they also produce white wines, their red wines have received international acclaim). As the chairman of the Stellenbosch Cabernet Collective and owner/winemaker at Le Riche, Christo Le Riche can be counted on for an enigmatic Stellenbosch Cab. Reenen Borman of Boschkloof, and his Ron Burgundy wines (including the Patatsfontein Chenin from Montagu), is incredibly well-versed in Syrah with his much-lauded Epilogue Syrah from the Stellenbosch Hills. And Hannes Storm, from the Hemel-en-Aarde, previously winemaker at Hamilton-Russell Vineyards and now Storm wines, maker of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from all three Hemel-en-Aarde appellations, is seen as a visionary in the valley.
As is the Guild's custom, they also welcomed three new protégès that will be mentored by Guild members and helped to establish themselves within the industry. Previous CWG protégès include Rüdger van Wyk of Stark-Condé and his own Kara Tara wines. And Kiara Scott, winemaker at Brookdale estate in Paarl. Tholakele Tania Bekwayo will be gaining experience at Savage wines with Duncan Savage. Panaso Msomi will work at Hartenberg under Carl Schultz, and Karabelo Mosoleng will be with Abrie Beeslaar at Kanonkop. Ensuring a new generation of our vibrant industry.
Vinpro - Proud, but not Complacent
While you might think an information day might be quite dry, if you listen closely, you'll slowly come to understand the different levels of meaning at play in the industry. The general message is that it will be a challenging year, but not without hope. The UK remains one of our biggest export markets, and David Cartwright of Seckford UK comments: "Be proud, but not complacent." The 2023 harvest will be significantly smaller due to multiple factors, one of which is load shedding. But with an aim toward premiumisation and collaboration, with institutions like the Cape Winemakers Guild, regional bodies, etc., coming together to promote unity, we can help each other up.
"If recent years are anything to go by, the wine industry is buoyant, and South Africa needs to continue to be marketed for its premium wines. Innovation is the way forward." - said Michael Jordaan of Montegrey.
Meet Jocelyn Hogan - Podcast
Jocelyn Hogan started Hogan wines in 2014, a small, family-run business in the Banhoek Valley of Stellenbosch.
In this podcast by Exanimo's David Clarke, she introduces her latest release, the 2021 Mirror for the Sun Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2021 Divergent Red Blend. From the proverbial horse's mouth, listen to this 14min podcast here.
Shop the wines here.
Radford Dale - Further Investment in the Industry
Radford Dale purchased an organically certified farm in Elgin last year, a show of investment in South Africa (having only rented and managed vineyards and purchased grapes in the past). And are now putting down further roots by managing the vineyards and winemaking at La Residence in Franschhoek, one of the Royal Portfolio properties, which includes the Silo Hotel in Cape Town, The Royal Malewane in the Greater Kruger National Park, and Birkenhead House in Hermanus. Such collaboration and knowledge transfer are valuable in the industry today, and we look forward to what they produce from this luxurious Franschhoek Estate.
Simonsig - A New Generation
2021 was the 50th anniversary of Cap Classique in South Africa, and it was Frans Malan who made South Africa's first-ever Cap Classique, Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel, in 1971. This year, Frans's grandson, Michael Malan, will take over the reins as cellarmaster from his father, Johan Malan. We celebrate multi-generational businesses in South Africa, proving sound business tactics, and in wine, vines only get better with time and experience, thus promising top-quality wines for you!
The Good Juice Fair - Sunday, 29 January 2023, 11:00 - 18:00
For a taste of Cape Town's inner-city wine culture, you must visit Maker's Landing at the V&A Waterfront on Sunday, 29 January. Hosted by the owners of Leo's Wine Bar in Bree Street, known for their eclectic tastes and exciting wine selection. They'll be pouring the wines of 25 of their favourite producers, including Tesselaarsdal, AA Badenhorst, Craven, Kiara Scott, Intellego, Thorne & Daughters, and more, paired with foods from the Greek Restaurant Ouzeri, Tomson, and Kos Gangsta. You'll be guaranteed some authentic Cape Town culture and excellent wines. Tickets are R450 per person and available here.
We might not have power, but we’re busy.