Naming the Wines

Beverley Pinot Noir - Beverley

In 1998 the release of our first vintage - 1997, Pinot Noir was dedicated to Beverley, a very supportive friend who encouraged Mark to take the risk, sinking all of his superannuation and redundancy from 24 years at IBM into two sheep paddocks with nothing but cattle troughs, some tired fences and a line of large trees down the centre. Beverley's support had been consistent. The wine was supposed to be dedicated for that vintage only however it took a life of its own. People didn't reorder the wine by its varietal name Pinot Noir, rather they ordered it by the name Beverley. Accordingly the naming of our wines had arrived.

Ursula Pinot Gris - Ursula

2001 saw the release of our first vintage of Pinot Gris. Given the success of naming our wine we decided to continue the theme. Mark's sister lives in Cape Town and likes to drink dry white wines. It was a natural fit to put her name on this varietal thus Ursula was duly christened on a bottle of Pinot Gris.

Gewürztraminer - Susan

2001 also saw the first release of Gewürztraminer. Susan, Mark's wife loves Gewürztraminer, particularly a dry variety. There was no contest - her name went on all three varieties - off dry , dry and the Auslese vintages.

Jeenifer Pinot Rose - Jennifer

Susan's sister loves Gewürztraminer but lost out to her eldest sister. Jenny has her second choice with her name on the Pinot Rosé. Rosé is a by-product of wine making. The juice is taken off red grape juice after 24 hours and made into wine. It is meant to be drunk between the current vintage and the next year. A lovely light wine to be drunk over lunch on a summer's day.

Sarah Sauvignon Blanc - Sarah

This wine was an easy wine to name. It is named after Susan's sister who was living in Seattle, USA. Sarah drank New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc to remind her of home.

Catherine Petit Pinot - Catherine

This wine is named after two people. The first person is Mark's god-daughter and niece who lives in Cape Town and the second person is Susan's second sister who lives in Auckland. Both women like a lighter red wine and neither of them are big drinkers. This wine was very light, full of fruit and easy to drink, accordingly easy to name after Catherine.

Maureen Noble Gewürz - Maureen

Noble Gewürz is named for three friends, all called Maureen. Mark has an old friend; Susan has an old overseas travelling friend; and a new friend - the wife of an old school friend of Mark's. All three women love an after dinner wine and are lovers of Gewürztraminer as a grape. It is fitting to dedicate this wine to their palates.

Pamela Auslese Gewürztraminer - Pamela

From 2011 the Auslese Gewürztraminer was renamed from Susan to Pamela who is a long standing friend of Susan's. Pamela, at the behest of Susan, agreed to undertake her General Managers license so she could run the tasting room when Susan and Mark were away. In return Auslese Gewürztraminer was renamed Pamela as a thankyou to her.

Our names on our wines happened by chance - but once decided it was something we are very happy to continue.  If you are wondering where Mark's name is, his name is on every bottle as part of our brand!  So that is how we named our wines. We hope you enjoy them.

Mark and Susan
September 2012

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