English couple Daphne and David Briscoe took a first step into winemaking came when they bought a small vineyard in Hertfordshire in 2004 but made an even bigger leap in 2008 when Vierkoppen, a thirty acre estate in Brede River Valley in South Africa, came up for sale. ‘’Not so much a mid-life crisis as a definite career change’’, or so they claim! The wines are rich and opulent and we think that this small ‘garage estate’ has bags of potential.
A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Cabernet Franc (which gives some spice and complexity) aged for 2 years in new French oak barrels. Ripe berry and cherry fruit with a spicy finish, now with some developed aromas and soft tannins acquired from time in bottle.
South African still red wine from Robertson South Africa, made with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.
Not every English wine grower has vines also in the New World, but Daphne and David Briscoe are nothing if not adventurous. Having learned their craft at their small vineyard in Hertfordshire, they jumped at the chance when Vierkoppen, a thirty acre estate lying in the Brede River Valley in South Africa, came up for sale. The fruit is selected bunch by bunch and then picked by hand, the pressing is done manually and there is ‘minimum intervention’. Their wines are rich and opulent and we think that this small ‘garage estate’ has bags of potential.