Top 10 South African winemakers to watch

 9: Gunter Schultz, Kleinood

Like Starey, winemaker Gunter Schultz is passionate about surfing, and is known to catch a few waves before work in the summer months. The youngest of five brothers, all of whom make wine for different estates, including Carl Schultz of Hartenberg, Schulz worked harvests in Australia, New Zealand and California, where he surfed his way down the coast to Mexico, before heading back to his homeland to make wine at Kleinood, meaning “something small and precious,” in Afrikaans.

Bought by Gerard de Villiers in 2000, the estate is nestled in the Blaauwklippen Valley on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain outside Stellenbosch. Schultz makes just two wines at the 12-hectare estate: Tamboerskloof Syrah and Tamboerskloof Viognier, along with De Boerin extra virgin olive oil.

Striving to make honest, complex and elegant wines, Schultz cultivates, harvests, crushes, ferments and matures grapes from half-hectare units separately. Only at blending does he decide which parcels are to form the building blocks for Tamboerskloof. “I’m a romantic. As with the great French wines, wine must taste of where it comes from, not of what you have done to it,” says Schultz, who harbours ambitions to work in Chile with terroirist Pedro Parra.

5 Responses to “Top 10 South African winemakers to watch”

  1. SpellingNazi says:

    Might I suggest a quick edit to correct the spelling mistake in the first line…? ConTstantia? Really?

  2. Diederik le Grange says:

    I think this article should have headed ‘…Swartland’.. There is more variety out there, I don’t think the author thought that over.

  3. Dusan Jelic says:

    I know personally 5 of these 10 guys. I think you did a great job and your article shows an important part of the power young lions have in the South African wine scene. Of course there are more to mention, but still, kudos for your kind effort! Cheers!

  4. Andre says:

    You wrote a decent article, but don’t quote Neil Pendock in relation to South African wine.

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