In her 2005 song, ‘Jump’, Madonna drawled: “The only thing you can depend on is your family.”
Perhaps the reason that those lyrics have withstood the test of time is because, as the Harvard Business Review suggests, they are true. According to The Globe and Mail – “families are usually in the game for the long haul, willing to put in a lifetime of hard work to hand down a legacy to their children and to live the pastoral dream” – and for wine, such patience is particularly critical.
Four of the phenomenal ‘band of brothers (or sons and wives)’ who have produced noteworthy Estate wines in South Africa are:
- Crystallum Pinot Noir (2014 release due in 78 days), produced by Andrew and Peter-Allan, in Walker Bay
- The Sadie Family Old Vine Series, produced by Sadie Family Wines in Die Swartland. Fine libations from ‘The Dominee’ of South African wine, Eben Sadie, and his siblings
- Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, produced on one of the most Southerly Estates in Africa in Hemel-en-Aarde. Olive Hamilton Russell’s legendary lunches are literally heaven on earth
- Constantia Glen wines – produced on ‘sun-kissed vineyards’ under the proprietorship of Alexander Waibel and his brother-in-law Gus Allen in Constantia
All four and many more are best enjoyed, as you’d expect, in the company of those who are in it with you for the long haul.by