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Shiraz SA, the official association and mouthpiece for all producers and aficionados of South African Shiraz. The organization is committed to creating awareness for the superior and award-winning wines produced locally from this noble cultivar.
The variety is not confined to certain growing areas but can be found in most of South Africa’s wine regions. It is the one cultivar that has shown a remarkable growth in terms of plantings, new brands and entries at wine shows and competitions. And apart from the many single varietal wines found in the market place, South African Shiraz is also renowned for the vast number of blends it is utilized in.
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A number of events are presented to keep its members abreast of international trends and developments as well as providing consumers with the opportunity to get acquainted with the many different styles and interpretations of South African Shiraz.
A management committee of winemakers and viticulturists devote some of their valuable time to govern the association for the benefit of all its members.
ChairmanEdmund has been Cellar Master at La Motte since 2003 and become Shiraz SA’s first Chairman in 2008. His enthusiasm for Shiraz is obvious and says with a mischievous wink “A Shiraz blend is almost as good as a straight Shiraz …”
Vice ChairmanLike so many of his fellow winemakers, Riaan also studied at Elsenburg. He started his career in the local wine industry by joining Slaley before moving on for stints at Sentinal, Kleine Zalze and Guardian Peak.
A job at Beauna Vista in Carneros California followed but it was not long before he returned to South African soil to join Spier. He joined Perdeberg Winery in 2006.
Elzette du Preez
MemberElzette is full time winemaker at De Grendel Wines and says her goal is not only to keep and open mind in wine and never being too old to learn, but also to create her own style, combining the best technological innovation has to offer with the proven paths perfected over centuries.
MemberKobie who recently ventured into his own business, Villion Family Wines, ran the winemaking operation at Gabrielskloof in Bot River from 2008. He has an intense passion for Shiraz and believes a winemaker needs diversity to achieve complexity, the two qualities found right here in South Africa’s people and nature.
MemberLeon is a viticultural consultant at VinPro and juggles his job with making wine at Auction Crossing private cellar between Worcester and De Doorns.
MemberAfter spending a number of harvests in some of the world’s renowned wine producing areas Francois joined Kevin Arnold at Waterford Estate where he spent 9 years. He now runs his own business Blackwater Wines as well as consulting for other wineries. His motto in life is to stick to the basics but to execute them perfectly.
Prof Wessel du Toit
MemberCurrently the professor in Oenology at the Department of Viticulture and Oenology, Wessel has more than 40 research publications. His focus in particular is on wine production and chemistry.
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