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The first few months of the year has been crazy so far, with the COVID-19 pandemic, loadshedding and more. However, it’s proved our amazing resilience as South Africans.
 
COVID-19 UPDATE
The outbreak of the coronavirus in South Africa is a serious challenge for the hospitality industry, especially restaurants, as many of them have to close their doors for the time being.
My distributors have had to adapt by instructing their employees to limit contact with others while doing deliveries and to use hand sanitising gel regularly. 
Ex Animo, who represents my wines in Cape Town and Gauteng, is offering door-to-door deliveries to homes and places of work.
 
With regards to my local clients in Kommetjie, I'll manage the deliveries myself, keeping my social distance.
Luckily, harvest was all wrapped up before the pandemic hit, all my white wines were sulphured up and in barrel.  Riandri Visser, a superstar, has been managing the last pressing of the reds due to the cellar where I make my wines closing its doors to all outsiders. (doing the right thing – #flatteningthecurve)
It is now more important than ever to order wine online in order to avoid going to stores. I now offer free delivery of all wines bought on my online shop: Order my wines here
Photos: Kelly East
HARVEST 2020
Harvest kicked off a little earlier this year with the Barbera from Darling coming into the cellar in the last week of January; healthy fruit and slightly higher yield than usual. The Syrah from Swartland came in a few weeks later, and, as always, it was beautiful, spicy fruit. 
 The cooler climate Elim and Sondagskloof wards were a bit of a mixed bag, with sporadic drizzle keeping us on our toes. But fortunately most of the Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon blocks came in relatively healthy... We kept a keen eye on the weather and picked accordingly.
The Elim Syrah managed to stay healthy throughout the rains and we finished picking these blocks on the last day of February, same as last year.
The new and extremely exciting ward Onderduivenshok-rivier Chardonnay was picked together with the first Elim Sauvignon Blanc, second week of February. I am SO excited about the potential of this area. The tight little bunches were super healthy, bursting with beautiful flavours.
Watch this space.

DISTRIBUTORS
Other exciting news is that I have two new distributors of TSW, Safari Wines and Meander Fine Wines.
Safari Wines, located in Hoedspruit, is a leading-edge wine distributor that brings the best Cape wines to the Lowveld. They have over 20 years’ experience in the industry, and favour small-scale businesses that pour their heart and soul into their handcrafted creations. Meander Fine Wines is a wine shop and distributor situated along the
R103 in Kwa-Zulu Natal. Besides stocking large range of fine wines from the Cape, they also have a selection of local and imported wines.
Ex Animo has been a loyal distributor of my wines in Western Cape and Gauteng for close to 8 years.
We’ve built up a solid relationship and I know I can rest assured knowing that they have TSW’s best interests at heart. They have built my brand locally and they are constantly pushing the envelope within our trade industry.
THE AGULHAS WINE TRIANGLE
I am thrilled to be part of the Agulhas Wine Triangle along with prolific winemakers such as Bruce Jack, Carl van Wijck, Charla Bosman, Conrad Vlok, David Niewoudt, David Trafford, Dirk Human and Hannes Meyer. Together, we are working to put Agulhas on the map, being a competitive wine destination in South Africa. The Agulhas Wine Triangle, established in May 2019, is a wine route and a collective
grouping of wineries that falls within the geographic location demarcated as the ‘Agulhas Wine Triangle’. The route includes Elim, Lomond and the Swellendam region. 
The collaborative is managed by André Morgenthal who is well known for his work on South Africa’s Old Vine project and for his roles in wine tourism, along with Nadia Hefer, qualified winemaker and MBA in Responsible Management. 
Read more: The Agulhas WIne Triangle
REVIEW
Liquid Memory: Stylish Sauvignon Blanc
A big thank you to Bubbles Hyland from Well Red Wine Magazine  who recently reviewed TSW Sondagskloof White 2018:


“Trizanne said she had been making Sauvignon Blanc in the same way for the past 20 years and this vineyard close to Stanford inspired her to change it up and make it in the same way she makes her Syrah. This means warm skin fermentation with daily punch downs, followed by barrel maturation in parts new French 500L for 16 months.  The result is an outstanding expression of this varietal; complex and wonderfully unusual.”

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Warm Regards and please remember: social distancing is the right thing to do. The time to catch up with family and friends over a braai and a glass of wine will come again, but for now it is imperative that we isolate ourselves as much as possible. Stay positive, keep on sanitizing and keep your fellow South African in mind by not spreading Covid-19.
Trizanne 

 
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