Abrie Beeslaar is one of the great winemakers in the Cape’s modern history
– ABRIE BEESLAAR , Winemaker .
Abrie Beeslaar hails from the rural town of Worcester, some 120km’s north-east of Cape Town. Initially he wanted to study medicine. Coupled with the fact that his family has no experience, background or link to the wine industry, this almost meant that the Cape could have been robbed of one of its great winemakers. A BSc degree in oenology and viticulture (1997) led to an internship at Windmeul Cellar in northern Paarl before Abrie joined another co-operative cellar, Swartland Winery in Malmesbury, as assistant winemaker. This was where he met Beyers Truter, who would regularly pop in at Swartland to look at the Pinotage wines to be selected for his own Beyerskloof operation. The two got talking and found they had much in common, in particular a love for red wines – especially Pinotage. In 2002, Abrie became Beyers’s wingman at Kanonkop before being asked to take over the reigns in 2003.
2018 TASTING NOTE:
Concentrated aromas of black cherries, Christmas cake, wild strawberries, plums and cinnamon spice.
The nose has that typical Beeslaar perfumed character,
with an underlying earthy tone.
Beautifully poised and elegant, with fine tannins to support the broad, plush fruit spectrum.
The palate is mouthfilling and effortlessly balanced, with lingering savoury notes on the finish.'
– Abrie Beeslaar, Winemaker