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La Motte winemaker - Edmund Terblanche

Edmund Terblanche

24 Apr 2012

Edmund Terblanche, who also worked as a nature conservationist, has the greatest respect for terroir and the habitat of the vine.

“Select the vineyards with care and the wine will make itself. The secret lies in the balance – a fine balance between foliage and yield create the fruit we desire. A fine balance between structure, fruit and wood creates the wines we want to make.”

Edmund enrolled to study Viticulture and Oenology at the University of Stellenbosch. An interesting new course at that time at Stellenbosch attracted his attention and he temporarily moved away from wine to study Parks and Recreation Management in the Forestry Faculty. He received a bursary for this from the Parks Department in the Benoni City Council where he eventually started his career and advanced to Assistant Head of Parks and Recreation. During this time his military service called upon him to work as nature conservationist for SAS Saldanha.

Edmund could never forget his original winemaking plans and his love for the winelands. In 1998 he became a student again and completed the 3 year Cellar Technology Diploma at Elsenburg Agricultural College. He gained valuable knowledge at the new and upcoming winery Eaglevlei where he worked and stayed during his studies. After studies Edmund joined La Motte as assistant winemaker and when previous La Motte cellarmaster Jacques Borman left, Edmund took over the reins at this prestigious Franschhoek estate.

“I had a wonderful mentor in Jacques. I was lucky to have been in the fast track, in the right place at the right time”, says Edmund. “Today all my training and experience fits perfectly together. I am able to utilize my knowledge of nature conservation here at La Motte where we are involved in various conservation projects including waste water management – a very important part of winemaking today”.

Edmund on quality

"I regard consistency as the greatest characteristic of the wines I make. I want connoisseurs dedicated to La Motte wines to know they will be rewarded with quality that is unique … even before uncorking a bottle.”

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