Retief Goosen, pro golfer, never actually drank alcohol until he was 22 years old. That all changed when he met his wife. “She sort of introduced me to Chardonnay and I became interested in wine. As a professional golfer you’re pretty much every week in a different country and you eat in different restaurants, try different foods, different wine lists and I became interested in trying different wines with my meals.”
About 11 years ago Retief decided he wanted to embark on a boutique winery with very small production. Its quality, though, is huge.
“The Goose wine range is truly unique as it is handcrafted in high altitude vineyards on the northern slopes of the Outeniqua Mountains, in the heart of the famous Garden Route. These unique world class wines are vineyard specific. The Upper-Langkloof wine ward boasts low annual temperatures of around 17 degrees Celsius, creating elegant styled wines with a classic finish.
These cool climate wines are exceptional examples of the grape varietals. The very cool and fresh terroir allows for late season ripening, red varietals are harvested as late as early May every year. Characteristically, these are complex and sophisticated wines which are appreciated by wine connoisseurs. A limited number of bottles are produced per vintage. Discerning European wine lovers have accepted this new world wine as measurable to old world classics” (Fine Wines by the Goose).
Retief thinks that wine fits perfectly with golf because “having a drink after the round… golf is that kind of culture.” And the culture of his home country seeps into the wine as well. The plot where his vineyards are are “quite a unique area to have a wine [plot,] not down in Stellenbosch, it’s much cooler. Stellenbosch is so established but we were looking for something a lot more boutique.”
His two favorites are the Shiraz and the blend, the Expression. The Shiraz is quite special, he says, with a lot of spice “A lot of plants that don’t grow anywhere else in the country grow here, so we keep our vineyard quite [sustainably] in a way, we feel that plants give a different flavor to the grapes.”
He wants you to know that “the wine is a little different than the general South African style.” It leans towards cooler climate wines and drinks more like a New Zealand wine because of the cooler climate where they grow their grapes. So after your next round, open a bottle of The Goose for a refreshing, fine wine.