Final Year Protégé
I was born in Somerset West, about 50km from Cape Town.
I think everyone in the winemaking industry will agree with me when I say that winemaking is a combination of science, nature and problem-solving. Winemaking appeals to me because of the way that this art brings people together and challenges me every day. Winemaking is not only a job but it’s an opportunity to learn, to better yourself, to experience the world – and what better way to do it than with a glass of wine?
In my first year on the Protégé Programme I worked at Kanonkop with Abrie Beeslaar and in my second year Charles Hopkins at De Grendel mentored me. For 2022 and my final year on the Programme, I moved to Hermanus to work at Newton Johnson under the mentorship of Gordon Newton Johnson. In July 2022 I was offered a 3-year contract to make wine in Austria, and that is where I am now, in a tiny village making wine on a beautiful Austrian wine farm.
I hope that my future will allow me to travel and experience the world. I want to consume as much knowledge as possible and be able to give back to the generous South African wine community. I hope that I will be successful in this art and be privileged enough to have a winemaking position – wherever in the world I will be. In my second year, whilst at De Grendel, I made a Shiraz for the Protégé Charity Auctions:
Anique Ceronio – Swaeltjie Shiraz 2021
Grapes were separated into two tanks, one being 100% whole-bunch and the other 50% whole-bunch. Punch-downs were done twice a day. Pressed and racked into barrel where the wine completed malolactic. The 100% whole-bunch tank was taken to an older French oak barrel (2016) and the 50% whole- bunch tank was taken to a new French oak barrel (2021). The wine was then racked, filtered, and blended into a 250 litre tank. A 50/50 blend was made up of the 2016 barrel and the 2021 barrel. The wine was hand bottled two weeks later.
Tasting Notes: Youthful pale purple in colour. Pronounced nose of perfume, pungent spice of white pepper, juniper, and darker fruits of black currant, black plums, and black cherries. A hint of floral and subtle oak aromas. Elegant palate with a soft tannin structure, darker fruits carrying over on the palate. Spices of cloves, nutmeg, and smokiness on the palate. Well, integrated and balanced wine with a long finish.