That Wine Demesne
About That Vineyard
Demesne: (n)/di’mein, di’mi:n – The Lord’s waste. A piece of land attached to the manor and retained by the owner (the Lord) for their own use. (And in our case an experiment in growing grapes to make wine!)About Us:
David has always had a penchant for gardening, he loves trees, and things grow for him. We also both like wine – especially that one after work! So one day while we were wandering around our little Demesne, with a glass of wine and the dogs, he looked across at Bramon and said “what about we do a small field?” So we nipped across to Pete and Caroline (the Thorpes from Bramon) had dinner and planned our wine future on a paper table mat and that pretty much sealed it. So easy, that small white piece of paper …
That Field now boasts 1400 Pinot Noir vines – there was a lot of growth in the first season, both for us and the vines. The vines came through it a lot easier than we did. It is addictive, this growing of vines for the making of wines. So addictive, we decided to create another area : That Field Too is growing a storm at the moment – 1500 bustling Pinot Noir vines.
A total of 577 bottles were produced on the first harvest. The verdict from expert opinions (many opinions) that it is excellent. It has all the right notes, good legs, exceptional colour, definite structure, gentle tannins, light wood, good acids and is very smooth. What more could you wish for…
We are delighted that 400 of these have been bought by the FRIENDS OF KURLAND FOUNDATION a Dutch foundation run by Marc Schoon at Madiba Travel and Pieter van Rensburg, a local Plett resident. Through this foundation, funds are raised to run various projects in Kurland Village. Its aims are ambitious, but simple: uplifting the community, in particular the youth, by developing and improving the welfare of the community.
If you are interested in the activities of the foundation and would you like to contribute in uplifting Kurland Village, you can contact Marc: firstname.lastname@example.org and have a look at the website: www.madibatravel.nl and read the many testimonials.
Why That Wine for the Foundation? Marc saw the value in how a small venture such as ours; using local residents, teaching them varied skills and creating full-time employment is an asset to a poor area. But, more importantly. it teaches us to pay it forward. As residents of the village, their efforts are paid forward towards their community, assisting their lives.