Stellenbosch shifts

It’s being a quiet year on the merry-go-round of high-profile winemakers – no doubt because if you have a safe job in these troubled times you generally stick to it, if you can. One of the smarter jobs available in recent months has been that vacated by Marius Lategan at Morgenster, Italian magnate Giuio Betrand’s property next door to Vergelegen, where Bordeaux superstar Pierre Lurton has been the consultant for Marius’s fine series of wines (well, I liked them anyway – even if Christian Eedes’s Wine mag team didn’t much care for the latest (see their comments here).

That seat has now been elegantly filled, by Henry Kotze who’s been at Eikendal since 2004 – it’s not long since he was appointed GM there as well as cellarmaster.

One of the better-known horseless riders on the merry-go-round is Louis Nel, now that Hidden Valley is putting its expensive new cellar into mothballs. But, as one of his colleagues remarked (in an industry where most winemakers are not always very generous about each other): “Louis is too a good a winemaker not to be looked after – I’m sure he will find something very quickly.” Well, there’s a very respectable job going at Eikendal.

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