The standout for me was the red mullet taco, whipped miso, yuzu and truffle creme fraiche - brought together beautifully by the sublime Isliedh 2017.
“This is from a special block of vines, high up on the farm, pummelled by crazy winds and completely exposed to the elements.” Visser explains, “First, you taste the salt from the ocean then you bite into the skin of the tiny berries and discover they’re packed with flavour.”
With a passion that’s as undeniable as it is infectious, it’s evident Visser will do whatever it takes to ensure that what ends up in the bottle is the best expression of the specific site it came from. The Isliedh 2017 is a perfect example: born in a tough year, it exudes a tension you can taste.
Poised to perfection, this wine, like the artist who made it, is no doubt destined for greatness.
QUICK Q&A WITH RIANDRI VISSER:
Why did you decide to become a winemaker? I initially wanted to live out my passion for art, but along the way, I discovered a new version of myself in wine … a passionate interest and thirst for knowledge that became a lifestyle.
Your winemaking philosophy? Respect, understand and stay true to terroir, cultivar and vintage while aiming for a wine with purity and soul.
What do you regard as the main secrets behind Cape Point Vineyard’s success? We choose to focus on Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, because we know these cultivars thrive in our environment. This focus, along with our value on team, has played a huge role in Cape Point’s success.
Any passions and hobbies? I recharge by spending time outdoors by the ocean, or in the mountains on my bike or hiking with family and close friends. I enjoy photography, drawing and reading.
What can you just not do without in your life? The support of my loving family and my pets.
Who do you admire in your industry and why? I admire winemakers who love and support fellow winemakers and viticulturists. My partner, Drew Harty is also a winemaker, he is a great support and a brilliant winemaker.
How do you feel about the SA wine? We’re producing phenomenal wines that are showcasing our level of quality and commitment to excellence. We still have a long way to go, but we are on our way and that is important. The future is full of possibilities and opportunities.
Your favourite white and red wines – to drink? I have to be honest, I keep a few bottles of the Cape Point Vineyard’s Noordhoek Sauvignon Blanc 2017 in my fridge, and this wine is drinking beautifully. I prefer drinking light, elegant reds and right now the Trizanne Signature Wines Reserve Syrah 2017 is my go-to red.