Higgo Jacobs

Marelise Jansen

Adam Mason

Bruce Jack

Chris Alheit

Abrie Beeslaar

Cape Wine Thursday Seminar: SOUTH AFRICAN BLENDS – Making their mark

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Winemakers are redefining South African blends, both red and white, making them among the country’s most acclaimed, exciting and sought-after wines.

Venue: Room 2.41 – 2.43
Date: Thursday 17 Sept 2015
Time: 9h30 – 10h30

Higgo Jacobs, Sommelier at large

Marelise Jansen van Rensburg, Winemaker at Momento
Adam Mason, Winemaker at Mulderbosch and Yardstick
Bruce Jack, Winemaker at Flagstone
Chris Alheit, Winemaker/Owner at Alheit Family Vineyards
Abrie Beeslaar, Winemaker at Kanonkop 

Meet the Speakers 

Marelise Jansen 

In January 2007 I started as winemaker at Beaumont Wines in Bot River, which I called my home for the inspiring 8 years that I worked there. During these years(2007 – 2014) I did some extensive travelling and learning abroad by doing internships in Burgundy (France), Priorat (Spain), Douro (Portugal) and Rhone (France).

2011 marked the beginning of my own project, Momento Wines, which I nurtured for a few years before going solo at the end of 2014. With Momento Wines, I am currently based at Gabrielskloof in Bot River, where I craft, make and manage my wines.

Adam Mason

Qualifying as a winemaker in 1997 (and currently making wine at Mulderbosch in addition to my own labels Yardstick and Marvelous), I have always enjoyed the cultural exchange that accompanies the celebration of wine. I believe South Africa is in a unique position to share our diverse culture in the form of a multitude of wine styles, and one of my preferred incarnations is Chenin biased white blends. Aside from making wine, I am the father of 3 formidable daughters, and married to a gifted artist, Louise Mason.

Bruce Jack

The winery called Flagstone will always feel like one of Bruce's kids. Flagstone was an early developer with a strong character all of its own. It flew the coop in 2008 when it was sold to Constellation Brands.When Constellation sold various operations to Champ Private Equity, Bruce remained on as chief winemaker for what is today known as Accolade Wines South Africa. Bruce has been named "Winemaker of the year" three times and is a member of The Cape Winemakers Guild. He also makes wine in Spain and France.

"Wine should do a small, simple thing- it should add joy to life" Bruce Jack

Chris Alheit

Together we spent some golden years travelling overseas, working vintages in many-a-faraway place, tasting many wines. In 2010 we started Alheit Vineyards in a rented cellar on a friend's farm near Hermanus. Our goal is to show that the Cape's vinous heritage is worth celebrating and protecting, that old vineyards and "ordinary grapes" are in fact wonderful, and that we are only now scratching the surface of what is possible in the Cape. 

We have two kids so far. Family is the most important thing for us.

Abrie Beeslaar

His track record at Kanonkop has been nothing but spectacular. His 2008 International Winemaker of the Year title is just one of many top local and international accolades he has garnered, including Veritas Double Gold medals, ABSA Top 10 Pinotage listings as well as a number Platter 5-star ratings and producer of the year in Platter’s South African Wines 2009.

Abrie is married to Jeanne, and they have 2 children, Ben and Emma. He enjoys hunting, fishing and golf and loves spending time with friends and family.



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