Wine Gems – Normandie & Mother Rock
Normandie Est. 1693
Normandie Est. 1693 is one of the original twenty nine French Huguenot-settled farms in the Franschhoek region of the Cape Winelands and is owned by Cape Town born and internationally successful fashion designer Mark Eisen. Johan Viljoen, who has more than 20 years experience in the wine-making business, having worked in some of the top wine regions globally, including France, Italy, Spain, Australia and California is winemaker.
These two artists combined forces to, not only make spectacular wine, but also some of the best wine label design around. We are very proud to have them as one of our wine branding partners.
Follow the links to learn more of each of these true wine gems.
The Mother Rock brand started with the release of the Force Majeure Chenin Blanc 2012. It was the idea of winemaker Johan ‘Stompie’ Meyer and UK-based wine importer Ben Henshaw. They conspired to create an “artisanal, well-made South African Chenin Blanc at an accessible price”. Its continued global success over the years has resulted in the expansion of the range. These wines have always been an expression of Stompie’s adopted home, the Swartland.
Now called Force Celeste, this is the more accessible tier, with the Mother Rock label being reserved for the top wines.
Stompie makes the wines in his new (from vintage 2020 onwards) cellar at Platteklip Farm on the Piketberg Mountain in northern Swartland. These are natural wines, with organic farming a foundation of the project. In the cellar, Stompie keeps things very simple: no additions, often not even sulphur, relying on a combination of the quality of farming, picking early and his skill in the winery to produce expressive wines of honesty and heart.
There are vineyards being planted on the new farm that will eventually be used for this label in years to come.
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