Clayton Reabow has been winemaker at Môreson Wine Farm in South Africa’s Franschhoek region for more than a decade and has spearheaded the drive towards becoming a farm who champion their region as a grape growing force to be reckoned with, as opposed to the former trend for buying grapes from neighbouring regions and simply making the wine in Franschhoek.
The farm is famous for their Chardonnay wines which are available as sparkling, unoaked, oaked or sweet – all produced from 100% Franschhoek grapes and crafted with the utmost care and precision.
This year Clayton decided they weren’t doing quite enough with their Chardonnay grapes and created Wildcraft Equinox 79 gin, which has a flavour profile influenced by the development process of their barrel aged Chardonnay on 20th March 2018 – the date the gin was launched and also that of the Autumn Equinox in South Africa. The gin incorporates the same ethos as their wine and is distilled using only Franschhoek grown botanicals, and all but two are actually grown on the Môreson estate.
But that’s not all! Clayton’s palate bendingly good MKM Pinotage also won a Gold Medal at Decanter’s World Wine Awards this year with a score of 95 points out of a possible 100. Whilst four of his other wines picked up four Silver Medals between them, he certainly knows how to stomp a grape or two.
Now for the cherry, or grape, on top of an incredibly accomplished year Clayton has been named Diner’s Club Winemaker of the Year mere weeks after stating that two of his greatest achievements were being named Young Winemaker of the Year in 2009 and being a finalist for Winemaker of the Year last year.
Well, take a bow Sir, the top prize is all yours this year. Well deserved and all that’s left to do is pick something delicious to toast the achievement with.
Easier said than done, there’s plenty to choose from, but you can start discovering them by clicking either link below.