“Born in in Vredendal in May 1981, My folks were living in Saldanha at the time.”
Q. Where did you study ?
“I obtained a B-Agri at Elsenberg in 2009.”
Q. Do you consider your approach to winemaking to be different to others ?
“No, not really. Those of us who were lucky enough to go to Elsenburg were very thoroughly trained and if you did the basics correctly and paid attention to detail you should produce decent wine.”
Q. How involved to you get in the vineyard ?
“I am very much involved with the day to day decisions in the vineyard. Where I have previously worked there were very good viticultural people from whom I learned a lot and here at Holden Manz we have Tertius Oosthuizen who is very good at what he does. However , I still like to know exactly what is going on in the vineyard throughout the season.”
Q. Do you have any varieties you prefer to work with ?
“Syrah and Chenin Blanc.”
Q. Have you been influenced by any particular winemaker or region ?
“Working with a man like Thierry Haberer you can’t not be influenced and I am sure what he does has rubbed off on me. Then my visit to the Rhone had a great impact and there Edward La Beye certainly was influential.”
Q. What would you consider your greatest achievement as a winemaker ?
“Finding my feet and my voice in the wine industry and to be treated as a winemaker and not a woman ! I think this is the best achievement I could have asked for.”
Q. What “secrets” have you “developed” that make your wines different to others ?
“No secrets. Just pick when the grapes are ready to be picked and taste, taste, and taste !”
Q. How important is modern winemaking equipment in your winemaking ?
“Here at Holden Manz we have some lovely modern equipment to work with but I guess there will always be something that would work better. Although, having said that, modern equipment is not as important as functional equipment . I would rather have the latter.”
Q. What made you go into winemaking ?
“I grew up in a small town in the Swartland, Moorreesburg, and in my heart, I always wanted to be a farmer. I knew I would not do well with livestock. So I chose something that I love to drink, wine ! I still love to get my hands dirty and you can do that with wine ! Also, I love the intimacy of a small winery and the total involvement. So this will be my focus for years to come, to perfect my craft/art and find my place !”