Dirk Human, is the owner, winemaker and viticulturist of the Black Oystercatcher boutique wines. The Human Family has farmed successfully on the Moddervlei farm for generations. In 1998, they decided to live their dream by planting vineyards on the property. Dirk’s knowledge of the land with its sand plains, wetlands, extensive limestone and calcareous dunes enabled him to select the perfect location for the vineyards. In so doing, he became one of the pioneers who established vineyards in the maritime ward of Elim. By 2003, the first boutique wines were bottled and today around 80,000 bottles are produced each year – making the Black Oystercatcher wines truly exclusive.
The farm is situated in the southernmost wine area of the African continent, the Agulhas Wine Triangle. It is close to the small missionary town of Elim, founded in 1824 and today still inhabited only by members of the Moravian church. Other close-by towns include Bredasdorp, Agulhas, Struisbaai and Gansbaai, all within the Overberg region. The wines are named after the endangered African Black Oystercatcher birds, which, like the grapes, thrive along the coastline around the cool tip of Africa.
The White Pearl is a distinctive wine – full-bodied, yet crisp. It is an aged Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc blend. The Semillon is handpicked, fermented and aged in 100 percent French oak barrels, and the Sauvignon Blanc selected from full ripe handpicked grapes.