Drinks, food

q&a with excelsior winemaker johan stemmet

excelsior In the Western Cape's well-loved Robertson valley you'll find Excelsior Estate, a family-run farm that produces some incredible wines. Johan Stemmet is the man at the helm of the winemaking on the estate. We caught up with him to find out more about his fondest tastes, wines and recommendations. ALSO READ: Wagging tails and wine estates – pet-friendly getaways in the Robertson Valley

did you always want to be a winemaker? if not, what did you want to be when you were growing up?

No, I actually wanted to be a farmer in the Freestate.

if you were a wine, what would it be?

Definitely a Merlot - straight forward and uncomplicated.

what's the oddest (or most memorable) wine you've ever tasted?

It will definitely have to be a 1962 George Spies.  

what tastes remind you of your childhood?

Good old, Peanut Butter. Who doesn’t love a peanut butter sandwich?  

what's your current favourite cultivar, and why?

Cabernet Sauvignon, it has good structure and is excellent on its own or in a blend.

which part of the world should every serious wine-lover visit?

For old wines, I’d definitely recommend France and for new wines New Zealand.

what is your current favourite restaurant?

Gino’s in Stellenbosch.

What would your last meal – and last drink – be?

Curry and Rice and a well-aged Cabernet Sauvignon. You can try the at Excelsior Estate at this the 8th Annual Capegate Craft Beer and Wine Festival happening on 31 August and 1 September 2018.