The vision of winemaker Koen Roose is to produce elegant wines that are sexy and pure but at the same time unique, a little wild even. Squeaky clean is not for him. Personality is important and at Spioenkop, whether it’s to do with his atypical vineyard plantings or the combination of Old and New World in his boutique wine cellar, technology and laboratory analyses will only be used to assist the winemaker and never to detract from the importance of human involvement. “At the end of the day it’s about what you feel and taste in your mouth. Taste intensity is crucial,” stresses Koen.
“The most beautiful wines don’t necessarily come from the most beautiful vineyards. Every vine should be allowed to express its individuality and what we don’t want is manipulate them all to be homogenous. Who wants to drink monotonous wines without soul or character? Great wine isn’t perfect. It shouldn’t be! Great wine has to do with an amazingly good taste experience…”