After graduating from Stellenbosch University with a degree in viticulture and oenology, Trizanne Barnard worked multiple vintages in Australia, France and Portugal. She then returned to South Africa and joined the winemaking team at Klein Constantia. In 2004 she started Anwilka wines together with Klein Constantia role-players and Bordeaux winemakers. Her four years at Anwilka and her international experience gave her the confidence to start her own brand which she did in 2008. She has focused on two very diverse wine regions, namely Elim and the Swartland.
Trizanne is a keen surfer, currently lives in Kommetjie, and makes her wines in Noordhoek in the Western Cape. She supports Waves for Change, an organisation which aims to turn previously disused township beaches into hubs for skills training and social justice. They train local community members – the first surfers ever to emerge from their communities – to run these hubs and to use surfing to recruit the hardest-to-reach and most vulnerable youth in their communities into programmes that offer extra social, health and educational support.
Grapes were sourced from the incredible ward of Lower Duivenshokriver – situated between Riversdale, Vermaaklikheid and Heidelberg – within the Cape South Coast region. Limestone soils, cool mean ripening temperatures and only 10km from the ocean – creates a beautiful, mineral Chardonnay. The grapes were harvested in the 3rd week of Feb, whole bunch pressed and fermented naturally in partly new, 2nd and 3rd fill French oak barrels. No MLF. Bottled after 11 months in oak.