The name Tanzanite, was inspired by Melanie's birthstone - the rare, beautiful and highly sought-after Tanzanite - this singular wine expresses her passion for creating unique sparkling wines in the time honored way.
Owner: Melanie van der Merwe
Winery Philosophy: Dedicated to all who appreciate the finer things in life.
Melanie grew up in the Hex river valley where her late parent farmed with Export table grapes. She fell in love with the grape and vineyards and decided to venture into winemaking as her brothers were the farmers.
She studied BSC Agriculture at Stellenbosch University, worked in France at Louis Roederer Champagne, Moet & Chandon and Pommery in 3 vintages. She Worked at Distillers Corporation as Winemaker from 1994-1998. In 1998 Distillers corporation and Stellenbosch farmers winery merged and formed Distell. She was appointed as Sparkling winemaker of the group. She resigned in 2006 and started her own small sparkling wine production in 2003 which she launched in 2006.
Winery Production: 1400 / 9L cases
Varietals Produced: 830 cases of Method Cap Classique Brut (Chardonnay/Pinot noir)
580 cases of Method Cap Classique Rose (Pinot noir/Chardonnay)
Winemaker: Melanie van der Merwe
The family do not own any vineyards but each year they buy the grapes from these specific farms as it’s the best area for production of Chardonnay and Pinot noir for Method Cap Classique production.
Origin of Grapes: Robertson & Stellenbosch. There is a specific quality and style that‘s created. This can only be obtained by buying in the grapes used for making Tanzanite. The grapes come from Robertson (gives flintiness), Rawsonville (adds a creamy, clean taste) and Stellenbosch (gives longevity and structure). Yields are kept in check through aggressive pruning and suckering..