Boschendal has announced that with the growth and success of the estate’s White Wines and Méthode Cap Classique [MCC] wines, the two responsibilities of White Winemaker and MCC Maker are to be separated to give the respective winemakers a greater focus on their wines and to ensure the continuation of the legacy laid down by their predecessors dating back to the granting of the Estate to Jean le Long who arrived in 1685, before the French Huguenots.
Michael Langenhoven has been appointed as White Wine Winemaker. Michael was formerly the assistant winemaker at La Motte. He also has experience of International Winemaking, having worked successful harvests, Michael worked at California’s well known Dry Creek Vineyards in the harvests of 2004 and 2005. He later had experience in France’s Rhône Valley in 2009 with Maison Chapoutier, and in 2011 in Sancerre with Pascal Jolivet. Michael is extremely excited to join the Boschendal team, “I have always admired Boschendal’s wines. A committed and dynamic team at the estate has created some of the best wines in the country, and I am excited to be part of that legacy. It is going to be a great privilege as a winemaker to be a part of an Estate with Boschendal’s reputation.”
Danielle Jacobs has been promoted to the position of the Estate’s MCC Winemaker. Danielle has, for the past two years, worked closely with her predecessor, learning the secrets to creating their internationally awarded MCC wines. She is also a strong voice for female winemakers in the industry and is determined to be a role model for young women entering the profession.
Boschendal Cellar Master Jacques Viljoen says, “We are delighted to welcome Michael to the team and to promote Danielle to a new position. Our white wines and Cap Classique wines are both a very important part of our heritage and future. They’ve won myriad awards and are an integral and much-loved part of our offering. We are excited to see how these respective divisions evolve in the next year. We wish Danielle and Michael all the best for the future. We are looking forward to an outstanding year of innovation that integrates with the legacy and knowledge of our 330-year plus history of viticulture and winemaking.”
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Based on information from Atmosphere PR