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“We focus on two wines in limited quantities. This enables us to nurture our vines and wines and create gems. This philosophy has led to the name for the white blend, Tourmaline and the Cape Blend, Amethyst.”
Andries and Marinda Blake, proud owners of Blake Family Wines are passionate about quality and service par excellence. Andries, a renowned and seasoned winemaker has 23 vintages at Rooiberg Winery and notably Swartland Winery. The grapes for the Blake Family Wines derive from the heart of the Swartland. Andries believes in minimal human intervention in these untrellised, dry land bush vines. The flagship range, Blake Family Wines consists of 2 blends – Tourmaline and a Cape Blend called Amethyst.
Single cultivar wines, such as Malbec is available under the life style range, the “Blake Boys’”, but blends will remain the flagship. “I prefer blends to single cultivar wines. Blends is an art form, where a wine maker can showcase flair and skill, therefore I can show my passion when creating blends.” – Andries Blake. Andries’ drive to make great blends resulted in the 2011 Amethyst that was selected as one of the Top 5 winners in the ABSA Perold Cape Blend competition in 2014. The Tourmaline and the Amethyst is crafted and nurtured to capture what nature has provided; the unique taste of the Swartland. ”We perceive our wines as family gems and we treat them as such”, says Marinda.