Every now and then a wine comes along that is so exceptional, and with a such a special story behind it, we feel it worthy of a spotlight. With that, we give you "Die Posman" otherwise known as "The Postman".
Many of you know Andy Woolgar, South African wine importer, aficionado and dear friend of the Nautical Wheelers family. As the label on the back states, "This wine represents a friendship that spans 8000 miles, two continents, several years of laughs, braai's (the South African equivalent of an American barbeque), banters, mutual respect and passion for creating and enjoying the best hand-made wine South Africa has to offer. The Postman delivers 'on time' First Class quality that celebrates our wonderful connection and passion for living the Lekker life." (Lekker means 'yummy' in Dutch. But it applies to more than just food - it's also a feeling)
The friendship noted is that of Andy Woolgar of Elephants Corner Wines and renowned wine maker Wynand Grobler of De Kleine Wijn Koop wines. Wynand, lovingly nicknamed Andy "The Postman" because he says that whenever he calls Andy, he is out making a wine delivery like a postman, hence the likeness of Andy and the post man featured on the label. Two versions of the 'Die Posman' are available, a white and a red. The white is a Grenache Blanc and the red a Carignan. Andy says that "The Carignan 'black & white' label features black bars that represent in Wynand's mind, a jail cell as he insists my 'indoor cats' are being imprisoned in my house!"
Here's a picture of Andy and Wynand taken by Bill Wheeler during a trip to South Africa last September:
A great story right (we think so)! Just as the story behind the 'Die Posman' is lovely, so is the wine itself.