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.
50% of grapes were fermented on skins in an open top fermented with daily punch downs until dry after which it was basket pressed and racked to new 500L French oak. The other 50% was whole bunched pressed and fermented in older French oak. Both parcels were blended together after 6 months in oak and racked back to barrel for a further 10 months of maturation. Bottling took place in Dec 2021.