A highly awarded winemaker with Stellenbosch in his veins has been appointed to lead the winemaking team of Mulderbosch Vineyards. Henry Kotzé is set to move to the iconic winery in the Stellenboschkloof basin in June. He is leaving from Morgenster, where he spent almost 11 years and was previously at Eikendal and Neil Ellis Wines, all Stellenbosch wineries.
The new appointment was announced by Mulderbosch Vineyards CEO Chrianto Oosthuizen. “I first worked with Henry about 15 years ago and always hoped an opportunity would arise where we could work together again. He is a tremendously gifted winemaker and a consummate blender. Not only is he highly disciplined and meticulously detailed but he has the vision to embrace the bigger picture and to think and plan for the longer term. He has been mentored by some of the best winemakers in the business, not least amongst them, the acclaimed Pierre Lurton of Chateau d’Yquem and Chateau Cheval Blanc fame, who has been a long-time consultant to Morgenster.
“Henry grew up and studied in Stellenbosch. He has worked across wide swathes of the region for some 20 years – his entire professional life – and has become closely conversant with its diverse range of sites, their defining profiles and their individual nuances. He understands in such rich detail the potential of the land here and knows intimately how best to coax varietal expression from specific sites. That makes us thrilled to be working with him.”
“I’m looking forward to leading the team, maintaining the top-quality credentials here, working with the very talented winemaker Mick Craven and, of course, down the line, introducing some innovations to maintain the cutting-edge reputation,” said Henry.