“I feel very privileged for that exposure, and the springboard that it gave me.”
She had long been interested in the Elgin Valley – “an underrated area, with its cool-climate, so different to the rest of South Africa as a warm region, and its interesting wine-making potential”
“When the opportunity to work at Elgin Vintners came along, it was not even a question for me, I just grabbed it. As a winemaker, it is a highpoint for me to work in an appellation that’s absolutely unique, and that gives me the opportunity to do more research and to experiment.”
She enthuses about the diversity of terroir in the valley encircled by mountains “like a bowl”, with its high altitude above sea-level yet close proximity to the ocean, the cooling breezes and cloud cover, and the morning mists that especially favour the winery’s award-winning Pinot Noir.
“Our grapes ripen at a relaxed pace here, no stress. Anything that takes longer is better, I believe – more flavours form, tannins ripen and aren’t green, sugars are low, and all is in balance with the natural acidity.”
“Wines like ours just get better with age.”
Add to that the people of Elgin Vintners – “a tightknit team, working together and all passionate about what they do” – and Marinda believes this combination of unique climate and personal commitment is what is reflected in the character to be found in every glass of Elgin Vintners wine.