‘It’s a real honour to have been nominated by my peers and mentors to join the CWG.
I hope to continue making a positive contribution to the wine industry with renewed vigour and I greatly look forward to the ongoing learning opportunities that the CWG offers.’
Emul has been the winemaker for Hamilton Russell Vineyards, Ashbourne and Southern Right since 2015 and has helped to establish the Hamilton Russell Oregon brand since it was founded in 2018.
After matriculating from Rondebosch Boys’ High School in 2003, he enrolled at Stellenbosch university and completed his BSc Viticulture and Oenology degree in 2008. He has worked with some of South Africa’s leading winemakers, with a strong focus on Pinot noir and Chardonnay.
He has participated in harvests in California, France and annually in Oregon since 2018.
Every new season brings new opportunities and challenges, and this ever-moving target is what excites him most about being a winemaker.
He believes that great wines have a sense of place and should, in addition, show the intricacies of the vintage in as beautiful a way as possible.
His wines are sold across the world, in 68 countries, and have received excellent reviews from some of the world’s leading wine critics and commentators.
When not in the cellar, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, preferably cooking some good food with a glass of wine in hand, after a nice dive or fishing session.