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Interview with a winemaker – Albertus Louw
05/11/2015
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Interview with a winemaker – Albertus Louw

 

 

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What was the defining moment in your life which set you on the path of becoming a winemaker?

I grew up on a farm with vineyards and was always interested in wine and vineyards. When I started my studies and started to work with wine, I knew that I will never do anything else.

 

Where did you train to become a winemaker?

Elsenburg Agricultural College

 

Who would you regard as your mentor?

There is not one specific person, but a number of different people who have had an influence on my life on different levels.

 

You work with a selection of some of the world’s most noble grape varieties. Is there one other variety with which you would really like to work?

Carmenere

 

Is there another wine you would like to make in your cellar with the varieties available to you there?

We try new styles of wine every year and will always try to do something different, but you need to respect the grapes and the terroir to reflect the best that the region can produce.

 

You seem to be quite innovative with new wine styles – what leads you there?

You need to make wine interesting for the consumer and also to grow as a winemaker you need to try new things on a constant basis.

 

If you could choose anywhere in the world to make wine other than where you are now, where would it be?

Chile

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And what grape type would you use?

Sauvignon Blanc and Carmenere

 

I know it is a bit tricky asking a father to choose his favourite child, but which one of your wines is your current favourite?

Dry Land Collection Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2013

 

Your greatest bottle of wine ever? [And you can’t say one of your own!]

Valdivieso Single Vineyard Carmenere 2010 and a few others

 

Do you enjoy cooking to show your wines off at their best or do you leave that to others?

I love cooking and always have a glass of wine to accompany me.

 

If yes what do you enjoying cooking most?

I like doing a number of meat dishes and sweet curry dishes as well as pasta.

 

What is your favourite style of food?

Italian

 

Your best style of restaurant, you enjoy visiting? Why?

I like fine dining with my wife. To have good food that can complement the wine, especially good seafood.

 

Your ideal dinner party table of 6 {you may choose people dead or alive}. Tell me why you chose them.

Meg Ryan – She is just beautiful!!!

Tom Hanks – He is a great actor and would love to meet him

Jamie Oliver – I like his style of cooking

Nick Mallet – The best Springbok Rugby coach ever

Leon Schuster – There will definitely be a joke somewhere

Sir Richard Branson – It would be great to talk to one of the best entrepreneurs ever

 

Your favourite holiday destination?

Camping at Onrus

 

What is on your bedside table as reading matter at the moment?

Not much at this moment

 

One piece of music you would take with you to a desert island

I’m Alive by Celine Dion

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How can a visitor contact your winery?

By telephone, email or Facebook

Tel: 021 869 8244

Email: info@perdeberg.co.za

Facebook: www.facebook.com/PerdebergWinery