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March is a month of real stuff: celebrating TSW's 10th year of harvesting, 21 harvests under the belt, international women's day and the month we said farewell to an incredible woman, my mom-in-law.
I’m extremely grateful that TSW made it to 10 years. This milestone didn't come without a lot of sweat, tears, grit and grace. It was ten years of growth: learning how to run a business, making mistakes and learning from them (and trying not to repeat them), doors closing and doors opening, taking on new opportunities and adventures... 
It’s all about never becoming complacent and thinking you have arrived in a safe place, as this is the most dangerous place to be in. 
At times it's been a lonely road to walk on my own, but I would not exchange it for the world. It has given me freedom to express and create wines – to do what I love on my own terms.
This year I’m also celebrating my 21st harvest since graduation in 2002 (In my earlier years I doubled up on vintages in the Southern and Northern hemispheres).
The Elim harvest started approximately 2 weeks earlier than usual this year. We've had a drier season, with less rain during the ripening and picking period, resulting in super healthy grapes.
The grapes all ripened at the same time, forcing me to pick Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Syrah in one week – which was a first for me.
The Semillon grapes looked particularly healthy, as they managed to get a little extra hang time on the vine. I’m really excited to see this batch develop further in barrel.
All the whites have finished fermenting in barrel, and by the end of the week I will finish the bâtonnage on the whites, sulphur them up and put them to bed. I have also pressed my last reds and racked them to barrel for malolactic fermentation. 
All in 
all I am very optimistic about 2019, but it is still early days...
In the spirit of last week’s International Women’s Day, I salute all the women who have carved their own paths, manifesting women’s inner strength in challenging environments: not only for ourselves, but also for our children and, ultimately, for the future. With love and compassion, women can change the world.
In Loving Memory - Earlier this month I had to say goodbye to my mom-in-law Laurentia. 
She was an integral part of my life; a loving mother
to her amazing children and a wonderful grandmother to my children; she was such an important and loving part of my 'community' raising my children.
Our hearts are yet to heal from this grave loss, we honour her for the strong, compassionate woman she was. We celebrate her zest for life and her absolute love for Sauvignon Blanc – not a day went by without her having her glass of Sauvi. Laurentia, you will be missed. Salut!
I am extremely humbled to have been mentioned amongst incredible women winemakers in the international wine world. Lauren Mowery from Wine Enthusiast, an incredible woman herself; Lauren Mowery is an award-winning writer, photographer, and blogger who has contributed wine- and spirits-related travel content to publications like, Lonely Planet, Voyeur (Virgin Australia’s inflight publication), ForbesUSA TodayMen’s Journal and TimeOut, among others. 
She wrote the following article.

Fiona Becket another force to be reckoned with, and who has also recently been short-listed for IWSC  Wine Communicator of 2019, visited South Africa in February and wrote the following article - yet again, proud to be amongst these talented South African winemakers.

South Africa's Inspiring Women Winemakers
And to be mentioned as one of 6 top drops female winemakers in Xposé, ie...a very flattering mention indeed - thank you to all. 
In light of TSW's 10th year, I entered Winemag's 10-Year-Old Wine Report 2019 and was honoured to have received  92/100 for Trizanne Signature Wines White Blend 2009.
Now that the wines have finished fermenting it is time to taste with all my importers. 
Alliance Wines will be visiting today and I'll be showcasing all my current releases at The Table.
Off-Piste Wines will be visiting in April and we'll be discussing possible new and exciting listings.
Trip to Belgium, Norway and Germany 
And I'm off to Europe on a marketing trip end of April. I'll be visiting my importers: Kaas & Wijn in Belgium, Weinnhof in Germany, and Vinarius in Norway – which I'm super excited about!
All current releases available from my Wine Shop.

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