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Young wine­maker speaks of time spent in New Zealand

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HER­MANUS – His dream of trav­el­ling abroad and learn­ing more about wines be­came a re­al­ity for Mount Pleas­ant res­i­dent Kirsten My­burgh.

The 27-year-old, who has been part of the Cre­ation Wines team since 2014, re­ceived an op­por­tu­nity to travel to

New Zealand in March to learn more about wine. In De­cem­ber 2019 he re­leased his own wine, named K Wines, also a dream come true.

My­burg says when he first re­ceived the news of go­ing over­seas he was ec­static. “A lot went through my mind, and I ex­pe­ri­enced all sorts of emo­tions,” he said. “For sure it was a dream come true! I am also a mas­sive fan of New Zealand rugby.”

Near Wellington, the cap­i­tal city, My­burgh had the chance to work on the Fo­ley Fam­ily Wines es­tate in Mart­in­bor­ough. “It was small in re­la­tion to Cre­ation. The ton­nage that we did was half of Cre­ation’s. Eighty per­cent of the grapes are Pinot Noir, a lit­tle bit of Chardon­nay and Ries­ling and Pinot Gris.” He worked with wine­maker Paul Ma­son of Mart­in­bor­ough Vine­yard and two other stu­dents. “We fin­ished the vin­tage in tough con­di­tions. There is also a vast dif­fer­ence be­tween South Africa and New Zealand when it comes to wine, cli­mate, and ter­roir.”

My­burgh says he learnt more about us­ing milk to fine-tune the No­ble Late

Har­vest Sauvi­gnon Blanc wines and egg-white fine-tun­ing to soften tan­nins in Pinot Noir.

Covid-19 saw him stuck in New Zealand for four months. For the first four weeks of the pan­demic My­burgh was not al­lowed to leave the win­ery. “It was icy, 10 or 11° C dur­ing the day and 0°C de­grees at night, with a lot of rain.”

Carolyn Mar­tin, Cre­ation Wines coowner, said send­ing the Cre­ation team abroad was aimed at ex­pand­ing their hori­zons and learn­ing new skills. “It is also a re­ward for their com­mit­ment and hard work, and the ex­change of ideas cre­ates in­no­va­tive think­ing.” My­burgh thanked her, JC Mar­tin, Ger­hard Smith and Salome Gelden­huys of Cre­ation Wines and Ma­son for mak­ing his dream come true.

 ?? Photo: Karen Win­ter ?? Kirsten My­burgh
Photo: Karen Win­ter Kirsten My­burgh

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