Rhenosterkop Farm in the Paarl area, with its pristine Rhenosterkop fynbos and panoramic views, is home to Black Pearl Wines. At the helm of the operation is Mary-Lou Nash, the 2006 nominated female Winemaker of the Year and Cape Wine Master.
Mary-Lou’s parents, Dr Lancelot Nash, an emergency physician, and his wife Martha, had relocated to South Africa from New England in 1995. After hitch hiking throughout Asia and teaching English in Japan for two years, Mary-Lou soon joined them and the wine-bug bit!
Mary- Lou hand-planted 4.5Ha of Shiraz and 3Ha of Cabernet Sauvignon and 7 years later, the first vintage of Black Pearl Wines was released. “Made in true garagiste style – the 2001 Shiraz became the Cape flavour of the day!” With a host of accolades and top honours in her wine education and a 91 point score from Robert Parker to boot, Mary-Lou is now truly a master.
Ten years later, the family roots are officially embedded in the surrounding Boland – Mary-Lou has two South African born daughters. This is quite befitting as, Black Pearl Wines are grown, made and bottled by the female members of the family only.
Dr Lancelot applies himself to the conservation of the surrounding Renosterveld fynbos, consisting of 184 Ha, and the farming of Alpacas and Nguni cattle. He has also been known to drive the forklift from time to time!
When meeting the Nash clan, it is immediately obvious that these are down to earth, well-educated folks, living their dream to the fullest in balance with surrounding nature. The wines produced on the Rhenosterkop Farm, offer loads of fruit, depth, smoothness and complexity – much like the people who live there!