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From Jamie Goode

Jamie Goode

It was a beautiful early Autumn day when I visited Basil Landau's La Brie farm in the Franschhoek Valley. Basil is an interesting person. He was a prominent businessman and friend of presidents in a previous era in South Africa. In 1986, at the age of 56, he decided on a change of pace, and bought a beautifully situated farm in scenic Franschhoek where he moved with his considerably younger wife, Jane. The farm was originally given to a Hugenot (Jacques de Villiers) in 1689, and was built up from nothing. Basil's home was built in 1787, so it is properly old.

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In Claudia's glass

In our glass this week is the delicious, refreshing Metis Sauvignon Blanc from Klein Constantia. Inspired by Pascal Jolivet and his holistic approach to winemaking in Sancerre, using a unique and minimalistic approach to winemaking, this wine shows the true expression of the Constantia terroir. The name Metis refers to the collaboration between the two countries to produce this great wine and is reflected in the flower on the label that is a hybrid of the South African Protea and French Iris.

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