Late one night, in November 2017, we were busy with some preparations for a bottling the following day. We had a request from the marketplace. Something we felt we could adhere to – producing a red wine partner for Moment of Silence. Apparently people find most of our range a bit intimidating at first. Moment of Silence does a great job at easing new buyers into the range, but it needed an accomplice, someone in the red wine ranks who could have its back. But although we had the wine, we didn’t have the name yet.
Working in the winery in the evenings doesn’t happen too often (except in harvest), and so this inevitably leads to having a glass of wine whilst working. So there we were, drinking German Riesling, getting all philosophical and having a very relevant debate. Is it possible to be an expert in each and every cultivar if you are making 38 varietals from more than 60 different vineyards – all under the same roof?
The truth is that the idea never was to be a specialist in anything, we just wanted to tell stories – real stories – and the conclusion was that maybe we are simply a Master of None.
Today we’re releasing our second vintage of Master of None. The 2019 – A lighter style red blend of 4 varietals – Grenache Noir from Wellington, Cinsaut from the Breedekloof, Pinot Noir from Elgin and some Chardonnay (no, it is not a typo) from Robertson.
Master of None is normally all taken by our UK, Ireland and Norwegian agents, but they’ve asked for a second bottling, so we’ve kept some out for you.