Winemaking in an amphora, for the first time | Zonnebloem

Zonnebloem team made wine in an Amphora for the first time!

Posted on: 21 May 2020

2020 harvest update from our white winemaker

As a leap month of February began, Zonnebloem’s White Winemaker Kelly-Marie Jacobs had her hands full with the flurry that is harvest. “We [were] moving full steam ahead towards the peak of harvest on the white wine side – that’s when the real intensity starts! It is great working as a fairly new team together on the 2020 harvest, in a very much upgraded cellar than what we were used to!”.

Harvesting the white grapes

By the first week of February, the Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and a bit of Pinot Grigio had been brought into the cellar.

According to Kelly-Marie, some wines then were just starting out with fermentation while others were reaching their completion. “We try our best to taste daily – no matter how crazy the day gets, especially because it is essential on training one’s palate and getting to know the different blocks of grapes that you are bringing into your cellar. The wines are progressing beautifully, with aromas, colours and palates that are sure to bring delight to the consumers!” she ends.

One of her favourite moments from the past vintage is getting to work with her first Amphora. “We named it Athena. She is the goddess of wisdom, courage, inspiration, mathematics, strength, strategy, the arts, crafts, and skill – many of the traits a good winemaker requires. The resulting wine is rich in depth and character, and very different than our other wines!” shares Kelly-Marie.

Using clay pots in the winemaking process has been around for a few thousand years. Amphorae allow for limited oxidation to take place, giving the wine a deep and rich texture.

The team’s commitment to excellence is evident in our classically crafted range of wines year on year.