“I have always tried to make wine that complements brilliant cuisine – wine that I can show with confidence alongside any food in the world, no matter how fine or exotic; and no matter in which far-flung city or culture I find myself. But the real test for my winemaking is a braai* with my friends.
South Africa may be the miracle nation. We may have four Nobel Peace Laureates. We may have hosted the Soccer World Cup and been the rugby world champions. We may be the birthplace of the human species. Indeed, we may be the Promised Land for all I can tell.
But far, far more importantly, we are also the spiritual keepers of the oldest surviving human tradition – the braai. And as a South African winemaker, your wine better stand up to that gastronomic inheritance and responsibility.”
(*braai is the South African word for an open fire barbecue)