In Interview with a winemaker

Q. When and where were you born ? 

“1980 in Johannesburg”.  “However my Dad moved the family to Bloemfontein and I grew up and went to school there.”

Where did you study ?

“I did a Bsc Agric Oenology at Stellenbosch University and I was in the class 2003.”

Q. Do you consider your approach to winemaking to be different to others ? 

“I know I have many wine friends that feel the same way about certain things we do but then our approach is personal.”

Q. How involved do you get in the vineyard ? 

“As I work for one of the most prominent vine nurseries in the Southern Hemisphere I am surrounded by an amazing viticultural team.  I’m responsible for vineyard to wine goal outcomes so I do try to get to the vineyards as much as possible. That said, it’s still something I have to work at. There is always something pulling me away!”

Q. Do you have any varieties you prefer to work with ?

“Chenin blanc is my very dear favourite!  Some people consider me to be a chenin junkie!””

Q. Have you been influenced by any particular winemaker or by a wine region?  

“After visiting the Loire I have picked up a touch of sentiment for the valley.  Many winemakers have influenced my thoughts on wine, here and abroad.  Wine is, to some extent, a social experiment with so many tastes and thoughts.  It is dynamic. ”

Q. What would you consider your greatest achievement as a winemaker ?

“Achievements are dynamic too. You are measured by your consumer’s pleasure by the wine in the glass. Every season brings new challenges and opportunities.”

Q. What “secrets” have you “developed” that make your wines different to others ?

“No secrets. I have a young team who work with me and madness in their methods are freely shared. I do try, and do have a soft touch though.”

Q. How important is modern winemaking equipment in your winemaking ?

The answer is straight and to the point. “It is.” And continues “We do not need to work harder but smarter. Modern equipment usually helps with this.”

Q. How did you come to be at Bosman Vineyards ?

“I had been doing some consulting work in the area and came across Petrus and we were both making small batches of experimental wines on a neighbouring farm.  He was busy in renovating a 250 year old cellar on his family farm and Petrus invited me to join him. It was like a dream come true although we struggled to figure out how to use all the equipment! Hard to believe that is ten vintages ago!  In that time we have made some great wines.”

Q. In general ? 

“Although growing up mainly in the Free State with no vineyards in sight I spent family holidays in the Cape Winelands where my elder sister lived. After finishing school and doing a “Gap Year” mainly in the hospitality industry, I started my studies. I was prompted by my love for biology and science which led me into wine. I did a harvest as a practical and this introduced me to my future husband who was the winemaker at the farm of my choice!   We are now raising a family with a twelve year old daughter and a pigeon pair of twins aged seven.   I look forward to achieving my personal goals as a winemaker whilst working in a dynamic industry.  Lots of good stuff to look forward to. “

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