10 Cape winemakers to watch

Johan Meyer, JH Meyer Signature Wines

Johan MeyerAfter travelling through New Zealand, California and Burgundy, it’s hardly surprising to learn that Johan Meyer has caught a severe case of the Pinot Noir bug.

Having come home and set up his own winemaking venture in 2011 – he also makes wine for Mount Abora in Swartland – Meyer is keen to shine a brighter spotlight on the heights that South Africa can achieve with this notoriously sensitive grape.

From 2014 this goal has evolved into a trio of single vineyard expressions of Pinot Noir: Palmiet, named after the river in Elgin; Cradock Peak from along the south coast in George; and Elands River from Kaaimansgat near Villiersdorp.

“Everyone misjudges Pinot Noir and they don’t think about Pinot Noir when they think South Africa,” laments Meyer. “I think there’s huge scope for Pinot Noir in South Africa, but it needs the right spot. All three of these spots are quite secluded.”

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