Top 10 South African winemakers to watch

6: Howard Booysen, Howard Booysen Wines

Charismatic, 29-year-old Howard Booysen is on a mission to make the best Riesling in South Africa. Born in the northern suburbs of Cape Town, Booysen trained as a deep sea engineer before embarking on a career in wine. Gaining a degree in cellar technology and viticulture from Elsenburg Agricultural College in Stellenbosch, Booysen was selected as the Cape Winemakers Guild’s first apprentice in its protégé programme, giving him the opportunity to learn the tricks of the trade under various mentors at different estates, including Bruce Jack of Flagstone, Carl Schultz of Hartenberg and Gary Jordan of Jordan.

Booysen’s debut Riesling was released in 2010 to critical acclaim. Striving to make approachable Riesling with ageing potential, Booysen sources grapes from across the Cape. “I lean towards a more oxidative style, but try to capture the freshness off the fruit by fermenting in stainless steel,” he says.

He makes a dry (Pegasus) and an off-dry style, the latter he believes to be a great match for spicy food. “Making top quality Riesling in South Africa is a challenge, but I enjoy it for exactly that reason. Riesling is one of the most terroir-expressive varieties and ages like an elegant woman,” he says.

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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