5 Minutes with Martin Moore, founding Cellarmaster of Durbanville Hills…

Martin Moore, founding Cellarmaster of Durbanville Hills

I have known Martin Moore for a number of years, a larger than life ebullient man in control of a large cellar and a massive wine making operation, yet he succeeds in making every bottle tastes as though he has made it with love and for you. He’s an accomplished cook too! And a great father to his two boys.

What was the defining moment in your life that set you on the path of becoming a winemaker?
I was planning to become a viticulturist and quickly changed my mind when we were exposed to the wine making side of the studies.

Elsenberg Agricultural Training College

Where did you train to become a winemaker?
University of Stellenbosch

Who would you regard as your mentor?
Willi Hacker, then Cellarmaster at KWV

Alvarinho – the white wine grape of Portugal

You work with a selection of some of the world’s most noble grape varieties. Is there one other variety with which you would really like to work?
Alvarinho, being planted this year

Is there another wine you would like to make in your cellar with the varieties available to you there?
In my previous jobs I made Port which was a lot of fun. Too cold here to grow it.

Durbanville Hills Cape Mist Sauvignon Blanc

You seem to be quite innovative with new wine styles – what leads you there?
You have to spend time in the market with trade and consumers. In 2005 we changed our Sauvignon Blanc style from grassy to tropical, based on market feedback. The Collectors Reserve range brings creativity out in the team with a variation of techniques to play with.

If you could choose anywhere in the world to make wine other than where you are now, where would it be?
Bordeaux, to teach them some modern tricks

Durbanville Hills Tangram Red

And what grape types would you use?
The 5 Bordeaux varieties that we use in our Tangram Red

I know it is a bit tricky asking a father to choose his favourite child, but which one of your wines is your current favourite?
Sauvignon Blanc for its unforgiving nature…and its ability to pay the bills.

Anjou Chenin Blanc

Your greatest bottle of wine ever?
A bottle of Anjou Chenin blanc from the 40’s that was as fresh as a daisy

Do you enjoy cooking to show your wines off at their best or do you leave that to others?
Love cooking

Martin cooking at a Durbanville Hills Braai

If yes what do you enjoying cooking most?
I go through stages, Moroccan comes around more frequently than others

What is your favourite style of food?
I travel a lot and try as many traditional local foods as possible

Your best style of restaurant, you enjoy visiting? Why?
Occasional fine dining, I prefer quality over quantity.

Robertson 1988 1st Rugby Team Reunion

Your ideal dinner party guests. Tell me why you chose them.
We recently had a reunion of the Cup winning 1988 Robertson 1st ruby team. The evening was too short with this great bunch, so I would like to have another dinner with them.

Your favourite holiday destination?
I love the West Coast and the game reserves up North

Die Geskiedenis van Boerekos by Dr Hettie Classens

What is on your bedside table as reading matter at the moment?
I normally read more than one book at a time. Currently reading The Hunter by Tony Park, started on The Last Mile by David Baldacci. This alternates with Die Geskiedenis van Boerekos 1652 – 1806 by H.W Claassens for intellectual stimulation.

Johnny Cash

One piece of music you would take with you to a desert island?
Bob Dylan comes to mind, but I would probably settle for Johnny Cash

I’m currently working on….
Travelling a lot my favourite pastime is connecting my butt to my couch reading over a glass of wine

William Moore on the attack

My favourite weekend getaway is….
Up the West Coast, my youngest son’s School rugby or Cricket blocks the possibility more often than not.

Guilty Pleasures?

One day, I will….
Hopefully retire healthy to look back on a career and say: “I did it my way”

Durbanville Hills Winery

How can a visitor contact your winery?
Telephone 021 5581300
Email info@durbanvillehills.co.za

Website www.durbanvillehills.co.za

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