PER PERSON - The Wines of Graham Weertz, incl. 3 Year Vertical of Capensis & 2013 Legacy Bordeaux Blend with Master Sommelier Emily Pickral, Friday, March 22nd, 2019 - Start 6:30pm - Limited to 12 Persons

Article number: 3.22.2019 "The Wines of Graham Weerts" WINE TASTING, $45pp
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Friday, March 22nd, 6:30pm Start

Spend an Evening with Emily Pickral, MASTER SOMMELIER for the Jackson Family of Wines as she Hosts "The Wines of Graham Weerts" a VERTICAL Wine Tasting of the Best & MOST EXPENSIVE South African Chardonnay, CAPENSIS, and the Special BONUS Bordeaux Blend LEGACY from Very Select Blocks of the High Elevation Jackson Family Estate Vineyard, Jimtown (Named after Patriarch Jim Jackson), high atop Alexander Mountain.


Join us for a very special evening with Master Sommelier Emily Pickral from the Jackson Family of Wines as we Explore a 3 Year Vertical of South Africa’s Most Expensive and Highly Regarded Chardonnay, CAPENSIS, which is a Special Project Wine from South African Born Executive Winemaker for the Jackson Family, Grahm Weerts, and his LEGACY Red Blend from Alexander Mountain, Sonoma.

We will be tasting EVERY Capensis ever released since the project began with its first Vintage in 2013. On offer will be the 2013, 2014, and 2015 Vintage, and the 2013 Legacy Red.

This is a very unique opportunity to spend an evening with this incredibly knowledgeable MASTER Sommelier who will be sharing a wealth of information about the Wines, the Varietals and the Regions.

We will pair the Wines with especially selected small bites.


South Africa’s Cape of Good Hope has long been known as ideal for grape growing. This wine making history dates back more than three centuries, to the 1600s, when the vineyards supplied wine to Dutch East India Company ships en route to India. In the 1700s and early 1800s, South Africa was known for its Muscat-based Constantia dessert wines, which were coveted throughout Europe. Then came the late 1800s, when the root louse phylloxera obliterated South Africa’s vineyards, as it did vineyards elsewhere in the world. Unfortunately, the sites often were replanted with high-production, low-quality grape varieties.

With the end of apartheid in 1994 and the opening of the world export market, South Africa’s remarkable wine-growing potential slowly became better known outside the country. To realize this potential, viticulturists began researching and selecting the best grape varieties for each site’s soils and mesoclimate. In the search for the best Chardonnay sites, the focus of Capensis has been on the Stellenbosch, Overberg, and Robertson regions in the Western Cape. Philosophically, Capensis is not limited to these regions—the only limitation is the quality of the individual vineyard site.



The winemaking team lead by Graham Weerts gently guides the wine through fermentation and barrel aging. Immediately after hand harvesting, whole clusters are pressed in an enclosed membrane press. After the juice is allowed to settle for 24 to 36 hours, it is inoculated with selected yeast strains and fermented in small French oak barrels or at 65°F in stainless steel tanks. For the 2015 vintage, 50 percent was fermented in new French oak, with the balance in neutral oak. All the wine is aged on the lees and is hand-stirred monthly throughout 10 months of aging to soften the texture. Winemaker Graham Weerts is a fervent believer that lees incorporation is a key component to creating Chardonnay with integrity and with the ability to age. The percentage of Capensis Chardonnay that completes malolactic fermentation depends on the vintage and vineyard characteristics, with the average being 30 to 50 percent for the finished wine. Partial malolactic fermentation adds complexity and rounds some acids. However, these vineyards have such ripe acidity — without tart, green apple character — that the wines are naturally balanced regardless of the level. Gentle fining is used for most lots.



95 Points Robert Parker

The 2013 Red Wine exhibits a superb balance between richness and structural integrity. On the nose, aromas of cassis, cherry liqueur, wild fennel and cocoa nib flood from the glass alongside a faint hint of bay leaf. The palate delivers a fragrant blueberry and blackberry core supported by sleekly coiled tannins and graceful minerality. Extraordinarily layered, powerful and complex, this wine will age easily for two decades.The Legacy Red Wine assembles Bordeaux varieties from superior blocks in the Jimtown vineyard and Alexander Mountain Estate. Cabernet Sauvignon predominates, with smaller amounts of Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot adding greater aromatic complexity and depth. An uncompromising attention to detail defines this wine, from pruning and leafing decisions to the final blend. Hand-picked at dawn and sorted by hand, the grapes are vinified in small upright fermenters made of French oak. After blending, the wine is aged for 26 months in 62% new French oak barrels before bottling.


It was almost inevitable that Graham would pursue winemaking. It’s a career that draws upon his agricultural heritage and his love of the outdoors, while also offering creative outlets and an intellectual challenge. To him, no other product that humans make offers the complexities and artistic value of wine, uniting people of all cultures. As Graham likes to say, “few wars were started over a great bottle of wine.”

Graham began his career working harvests in his native South Africa, later moving from the vineyards to the winery as a cellar hand. His stint as a cellar rat secured him the post of assistant winemaker at Mulderbosch Vineyards, where he assisted with the production of their iconic Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc. Graham then spent a season working for Château de Terrefort-Quancard in Bordeaux. In that time, he earned his degree in viticulture, wine science, and pomology from the Elsenburg Agricultural College in Stellenbosch in 1996.

Graham first became acquainted with the Mayacamas Mountain Range and its potential for growing world-class wine in 1999 when he spent a harvest working at Vérité Winery in Sonoma County. After that season, he returned to South Africa where he worked as a winemaker for a few smaller wineries before joining Bellingham Winery. By 2004, he made his way back to California to become winemaker for Stonestreet in Alexander Valley. In 2014, Lisa Valtenbergs took over winemaking at Stonestreet. Today, Graham oversees vineyard and winemaking operations for several wineries within the Jackson Family Wines portfolio, including Capensis, Stonestreet, Arrowood and Matanzas Creek.

From the mountain ranges of South Africa to his current home of Sonoma County, Graham Weerts is no stranger to mountain winemaking. During his time in California, Graham affirmed his affinity for mountain fruit, believing it is the most complex with unmatched potential. As winemaker for Legacy, he returns to the rugged Mayacamas Mountain Range bringing his years of experience and expertise to identify key vineyards in Alexander Valley and craft the winery’s flagship Chardonnay and Bordeaux-style Red Wine.


All inclusive, a World Class Chardonnay VERTICAL, an Amazing 2013 Cabernet Blend, Food and Educational Discovery…..


Special Wine Event is limited to just 12 Persons.

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