Kleine Zalze Wines in Stellenbosch has announced the appointment of Alastair Rimmer as its new cellarmaster, commencing on September 1st. Johan Joubert, cellarmaster for the past twelve years, is moving on with the warm thanks of the team for his contribution to the Kleine Zalze journey so far. Owner and MD Kobus Basson says “We are very grateful for Johan’s hard work and dedication to Kleine Zalze. He has done a wonderful job for us and he remains a welcome friend and will always be an integral part of the history of Kleine Zalze. We wish him all the success in the world with his future ventures.”
Kobus goes on to say “We are excited about the next chapter in Kleine Zalze’s history and are pleased to announce the addition of Alastair to our established team, including winemaker RJ Botha. Alastair has worked extensively in South Africa and internationally, bringing with him a wealth of experience, both of big commercial wineries and super premium boutique producers.”
Alastair studied viticulture at Stellenbosch University graduating in 2000 and initially worked at Overgaauw Wine Estate, Agusta Wines and Vergelegen Wines in South Africa. Following this he held winemaking roles at Spy Valley in Marlborough New Zealand, Bodega Juan Gil in Jumilla Spain, and Diablo Grande Winery in the San Joaquin Valley, California. From 2008 to 2011, Alastair worked for Chris Ringland at Belvidere Estate in South Australia, and returned to South Africa in 2012 to take up the position of head winemaker at Darling Cellars.
Alastair comments “Moving to Kleine Zalze is very exciting for me as my career has now come full circle back to Stellenbosch, where my love for winemaking first began. Kleine Zalze has come a long way in a very short space of time and I intend to build on that and contribute to Kleine Zalze’s success and strong identity both locally and internationally.”