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About

After graduating from Stellenbosch University with a degree in viticulture and oenology, I worked multiple vintages in Australia, France and Portugal. I then returned to home ground and joined the winemaking team at Klein Constantia. In 2004 I was offered the opportunity of starting Anwilka wines in conjunction with Klein Constantia role-players and Bordeaux winemakers. The four invaluable years at Anwilka and my international experience gave me the confidence to start my own brand, and in 2008 I went solo. Since the very first vintage my focus has always been on two very diverse wine regions, namely Elim and the Swartland.

I currently live in Kommetjie, a quaint village on the Southern Peninsula, and make my wines just down the road in Noordhoek. Apart from everything wine-related: making, judging on various panels or just straightforward drinking, I also make time to surf whenever I get the opportunity.  I feel that the ocean recharges me, and teaches one patience and respect for nature.

The team

Creating a brand and establishing a business is never a solo game, and there are always a lot of players behind the scenes. My husband and life partner Malan is a pillar of strength and encouragement to whom I owe so much gratitude. Then my two beautiful boys also inspire me every day.  Through their example I have learnt to enjoy life’s journey and to appreciate even the smallest things in life.

Our direction and endurance comes from our faith which makes the impossible possible.

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I support the following epic organisation because I’m humbled by the people who dedicate their time selflessly in creating better lives for others… and this with the aid of surfing.

‘Put simply, Waves for Change aims to turn previously disused township beaches into hubs for skills training and social justice. We target communities and beaches with no history of ocean or surf culture and develop beachside safe hubs. We train local community members – the first surfers ever to emerge from their communities – to run these hubs and to use surfing to recruit the hardest-to-reach and most vulnerable youth in their communities into programmes that offer extra social, health and educational support…’

Region

Swartland:

The Swartland region of South Africa begins some 50 kilometres north of Cape Town. This area was called ‘Het Zwarte Land’ (the Black Land) because of the indigenous Renosterbos vegetation (Elytropappus rhinocerotis). After winter rains the Renosterbos foliage becomes very dark, almost black in colour, hence the term Black Land.

In the Swartland summers are hot and dry, with colder, wet winters. Viticulture is practised mostly under dry-land conditions, with minimal irrigation. This, coupled with the Mediterranean climate is ideal for Syrah and Grenache and produces low yields of small but intensely flavoured berries.

This area is further distinguished from other wine production regions by virtue of the variety of its soils such as granite, shale, clay, and slate, which lend great structure and diversity to wines grown here.

Elim:
At the southernmost tip of Africa,  where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet, one finds the ‘Cape of Storms’, better known as Cape Agulhas. The weather that boils up over the cold Atlantic to meet its warm Indian counterpart here can be savage, with many a sailor’s voyage ending fatally on the shallow reefs. To guide sailors away from disaster, the famous red and white lighthouse was built here in 1848 and stands to this day.

The Elim ward, situated on this peninsula, derives its name from the Moravian Mission Station in Elim – a quaint little town with thatched cottages, the heart of which is the Moravian church. The name Elim, meaning “place of God” originates from a biblical reference in Exodus 15:27. After crossing the Red Sea, the Israelites came to Elim, where they found twelve springs and seventy palm trees, and camped near the water.

The unique terroir of the Elim ward with its prevailing winds provides a very cool ripening season, ideal for Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.

The area has diverse soils ranging from sandstone, to cold laterite and broken shale, ensuring low yields and imparting minerality, depth and structure to the wines of this area. Elim forms part of the Cape Floral Kingdom, and is an environmentally sensitive area where wine production goes hand in hand with the protection of indigenous species. The area receives approximately 450mm of rainfall per annum and has predominant South Easterly winds in the summer and  North Westerly winds during the winter months.

Why these regions:

Diversity is the cornerstone on which I build my winemaking philosophy. This search for unique and new perspectives extends to the sourcing of my grapes. I’m always looking for freshness, uniqueness and contrast, which I have found in the cooler temperature vineyards of Elim for Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon contrasted with the concentrated reds of the drier Swartland.

By sourcing and selecting vineyard parcels from each of these areas, and pairing them with the most suitable varieties, I have produced four wines that embody the best of these unique and diverse regions.

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Contact

Cell: + 27 82 383 6664
Fax: + 27 86 669 0913
E-mail: info@trizanne.co.za

Business address

14 van der Horst Avenue
Kommetjie
7975
South Africa

Belgium:

Kaas en Wijn Stefaan
Web: http://kaasenwijnstefaan.be/
Address: Kaas & Wijn Stefaan
Langestraat 103
9150 Kruibeke
Tel: 03 292 52 74
Email: stefaan.camerlinck@skynet.be
Facebook: kaasenwijnstefaan

USA:

Kysela Pere et Fils
Web: http://www.kysela.com/
Address: Kysela Pere et Fils, Ltd
331 Victory Road
Winchester, VA 22602 USA
Tel: (540) 722-9228

UK:

Off-Piste
Web: http://www.off-pistewines.com/
Address: Off-Piste Wines Ltd
8 Royal Crescent
Cheltenham
Gloucestershire
GL50 3DA
Tel: 01242 229 630
Fax: 01242 229 631
Email: info@offpistewines.com

Reunion:

Les Saveurs D’Afrique Du Sud
Web: http://www.lessaveursdafriquedusud.com
email: jenslindberg@winepartners.se

Sweden:

Winepartners Nordic AB
Ile de La Reunion
Web: www.winepartners.se
Tel: +262 692 706525

Indian Islands:

Mauritius/ Seychelles/ Maldives
Constance Industries LTD
web: www.constancehotels.com
email: sommelier@constancehotels.com

Ireland:

Tindal Wine Merchants
web: www.tindalwine.com/
email: sales@tindalwine.com

Trade Enquiries Western Cape and Gauteng:

David Clarke
Ex Animo
Web: http://www.exanimo.co.za/
Email: david@exanimo.co.za
Tel: 081 011 8505