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Trizanne Signature Wines, South Africa

We have always enjoyed working with winemakers who are prepared to push the boundaries. Trizanne Barnard is definitely one of these. Deciding to focus on Elim to produce her white wines, she went as far south as it is possible to go.

Elim is an ancient land, at the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic oceans, and at the mercy of the prevailing south easterly wind. It is in this, the coolest of cool South African climates that Trizanne has realised her ambition to make aromatic, textured, elegant white wines. Latterly she has also developed a wonderful Syrah in this wind ravaged land too. To balance these challenges she also works in Swartland, the home of the recent South African winemaking renaissance, making reds that are light of touch, vibrant and full of life.

Viticulture

In the Swartland summers are hot and dry, with cold, wet winters. Viticulture is practiced with minimal irrigation. This, coupled with the Mediterranean climate is ideal for Syrah and Grenache and produces low yields of small but intensely flavoured berries. The unique terroir of Elim with its prevailing winds provides a very cool ripening season, ideal for Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Trizanne, a keen surfer herself, supports an initiative called "Waves for Change". W4C provides a child-friendly mental health service to at-risk youth living in unstable communities. Through access t
  • Reds that are light of touch, vibrant and full of life.
  • Aromatic, textured, elegant white wines.
Trizanne Signature Wines is a name that I had heard bon mots whispered about, so I was eager to taste the wines when I met up with Trizanne Barnard. The highlight for me was Trizanne's outstanding 2016 Syrah Reserve. You could argue that it might have benefited from a longer barrel maturation, but this seemed to just spring out of the glass with all that nascent energy. I recommend grabbing one. I look forward to tasting more of Trizanne's wines in the future.
Robert Parker
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