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Interview with Shaun

March 26, 2019

In conversation with our tasting room manager, Shaun Daniels

What is your favourite Saxenburg wine and why?
Depends on my mood. For warm days it is the MCC and cold days it is Cabernet Sauvignon.

What is the best wine you’ve ever tasted?
A bottle of 1994 Cabernet Sauvignon of Stellenzicht Vineyards.

How did you get into the wine industry?
It came by default. I had an Economics task in my Grade 11 year. I had to taste Sauvignon Blanc for 4 days at a wine estate and write the notes on it. My notes were hilarious. It was explained to me that you cannot market something you don’t know. I took the gap in conversation and asked the wine farm “Can I work here during the holidays?” The answer was yes. I learned the basics and developed my concepts about wine and guest relations. Being a musician I immediately found synergy between the elements. In 2010 the Tasting Room Manager resigned and who better to take over, than me. Ever since then, I have tasted many wines.

What would you say is the most challenging part of the wine industry?
Wine farms with terrible glassware. Terrible glassware equates to a terrible wine tasting experience. Bad service is another challenge. This is the downfall of the industry.

What has surprised you most about being a member of the Stellenbosch wine community?
People!

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I coach the SSS Falcons Ladies Football Team of my old high school (Stellenzicht Secondary School). I am in two different bands. I do photography and enjoy going for wine tastings.

What is one of the most rewarding things about your job?
Meeting new people every given day!

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