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Power to the Pinot (Noir!)

From two female South African winemakers - impress with these two bright stars!


Picture it - the South African wine scene, full of hulking men wearing sturdy steel capped boots, khaki shirts and standing round the braai at the end of a hard day clutching a beer whilst the women prepare salads and butter bread rolls in the kitchen. Wrong! Well, I'm sure there's a fair bit of this macho, chauvinistic culture still prevalent, but putting that aside, there's women doing it for themselves in the vineyards and in the cellar! We're so delighted to represent two very exciting female winemakers, Jessica Saurwein and Berene Sauls. 

 

They've both chosen to work with the notoriously tricky, heartbreak grape of Pinot Noir, working from extraordinary sites. They're also both inspired by prolific winemakers - Peter Finlayson for Jessica, and Anthony Hamilton Russell for Berene.

Their wines have both been received to great acclaim. Neal Martin compared the Saurwein to the great DRC, whilst Berene's Tesselaarsdal (named for the village she grew up in) was heralded as "the next SA Pinot Icon" by Greg Sherwood MW . Berene also won top female entrepreneur at the Western Cape Agriculture awards. 

These two Pinots each bring something different to the game and are certainly worth a look, even more so looking towards Christmas, with turkey, cranberry sauce and all the trimmings beckoning! 

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