Nico and his wife, Christelle have been growing vineyard and making wine for 15 years. They have 2 daughters, Nicola and Lisa, who are very passionate about La Brune and love helping their parents in the vineyards and cellar.
Nico is a viticulturist with more than 15 years of experience in growing vineyard around South Africa. He has a big French influence with workin in Mercurey with Bruno Lorenzon and with well-known French viticulturist Prof Alain Deloire.
La Brune has access to some of the highest elevated Chardonnay vineyards in South Africa and has the honor of producing its Pinot Noir from one of the highest density vineyards at 10,000 vines per hectare (compared to South African average 3,300 vines per hectare) using 4 selected clones.
They believe in minimum intervention with traditional Burgundian winemaking methods are used to preserve the profile of the terroir. Custom made Burgundian barrels from the forest Pierre du Bourgogne made by Bruno Lorenzon together with Nico are used for the maturation process.
The strong connection between Nico and his vines with his unique winemaking philosophy gives birth to wines carrying the unique message from Elgin.
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