Rikus Neethling

Bizoe Genant

On Monday 29th of March we completed harvest 2021 with our Bizoe Idioglossia Chardonnay grapes arriving from Elgin approx. 2 weeks after we completed Stellenbosch grapes. This just shows again the role nature and region play in the world of wine.

The day has arrived that I have trying to keep quiet for the past 4 months, the release of our maiden vintage Bizoe Genant. Rikus and Estalét youngest son Rikus Jnr is the only member in the household that was short of wine named after him. Those days are gone, as the Genant was made in honour of Rikus Jnr.

The meaning of Genant in Afrikaans is “having the same name as somebody else.” Would be used in context “dit is my genant”

More about the wine, Shiraz and Mourvèdre grapes are sourced from old bush vines planted in Darling wine region. Grenache is coming from a warmer climate of Wellington. Although warm climate the vineyards is tucked away in the corner of the Bains Kloof and Groenberg Mountain Range.

In the cellar grapes were processed separately in open fermenting tank. Before fermentation started we used a process of cold maceration to extract delicate flavors out of the skin of the grapes followed by natural fermentation. The wines were tucked away in 500L barrels for approx. 18 months before bottled on 11 December 2020. It was difficult to keep this secret of a new wine that I have been working on for over the last 2 years.

Ending of for me as a father of Rikus Jnr, there is nothing giving me more joy to see how this little boy develop in life and how this bottle of Bizoe Genant 2019 will develop and already looking forward to his 18th birthday to enjoy a glass of Genant with my Genant.

2 February 1659 – 2 February 2021

2 February 1659 – 2 February 2021

It feels like quite a significant date in 2021. 2 February 1659 was the first grapes picked by Jan van Riebeeck to produce South Africa first wines. 2 February 2021 our first grapes arrived for the 2021 harvest and also the first day of the year we can sell our wines locally. Is it coincidence or is there a message?

Rikus and Elton in the cellar before harvest

Rikus Neethling and Elton Minnies

Not that I believe in conspiracy stories it was just one of those facts that I picked up when I was over joyed to be able to share our wines again with the South African public. We as a wine industry also needs to lift our caps to our export body Wines of South Africa for the amazing work they did by promoting brand SA across the world. Although 2020 was a tough year our exports as a country grew. In the last few months we have exported to our partners in Singapore, United Kingdom, Switzerland and Finland.

With the reopening of the South African trade there was a flurry of deliveries going out last week. New orders from retail stores, restaurants is giving us hope that the industry can recover. 

Harvest started in a hurry on the 2nd of Feb with Sauvignon blanc from Croydon Vineyards. Early signs that we are going to have great quality wines from the 2021 harvest. The balance between concentration sugar, natural acidity, taste of the grapes is looking promising and looking forward to drinking some of the wine later in the year in the case of whites and rosé. 

Thanks for the support during these times, keep on drinking South African Wines and supporting this beautiful industry. We will keep the Proudly South African Flag flying in the winery.

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