Paying tribute through Pinot Noir
The Elgin farm is also home to a unique three-hectare vineyard of Pinot Noir, which is bottled under the label of Moya Meaker.
The wine is named in honour of former beauty queen Moya Meaker – the mother of David’s South African-born wife, Genevieve Curl – and the Moya Meaker Pinot Noir shows precisely why Elgin’s terroir is ideally suited to this iconic Burgundian grape. Set in a striking amphitheatre formed by the Hottentots-Holland, Groenland and Kogelberg Mountains, the Moya Meaker vineyard – Dijon 667 and 777 heritage clones, planted at a higher density to encourage competition between the vines – is situated on an impressive ridge of ancient Bokkeveld shales. Combined with the cool ocean winds sweeping in off the nearby Atlantic Ocean, this south-facing slope leads to a large diurnal shift between daytime and night-time temperatures. The result? Pinot Noir with bright acidity and higher concentration.
“This wine is all about perfume, purity of red and black fruit, vibrancy and texture,” says winemaker Jean Smit. “On the palate, the wine exhibits an intense yet elegant concentration of red and black fruit, all with an underlying earthiness. There is a striking weight of fruit, length, and texture on this wine, with silky tannins coating the palate.”
It’s a Pinot Noir that effortlessly blends the classical elegance and refinement of the Old World with the vibrant youthful energy of the New. Much like its namesake.