About Moya Meaker
Owner David Curl’s love affair with wine began relatively late, but led empathically to the acquisition and renovation of Chateau Gaby, a 17th Century wine estate on Bordeaux’s Right Bank. Several years later, David married South African born Genevieve Hamilton-Brown which ultimately led them to Elgin as he had long nurtured a desire to make Pinot Noir in the country of his wife’s birth.
Genevieve’s late mother Moya Meaker was crowned Miss South Africa in 1959 and became a well known figure in South Africa.
“Not only is our Elgin wine estate named after her, but our wines are also crafted in her memory,” says David.
“Moya Meaker was a larger than life woman with a passion for life, love and family. Our South African wines are made with her guiding spirit. Elegant yet expressive, sophisticated yet creative. An old world charm in a new world body.”
Bordeaux to Elgin
The Moya Meaker label represents distinctive, terroir-driven wines made from small plots of Syrah and Pinot Noir grown on the Habibi Farm. The farm consists of the family home, 220 hectares of apple orchards and several tiny parcels of Syrah (1ha) and Pinot Noir (3.5ha).
Owned by husband and wife team, David and Genevieve Curl, the estate is situated on the Elgin Valley wine route, just 70km outside Cape Town. The prestigious wine estate has viticultural roots from their former Bordeaux estate ‘Gaby’.
Leaving Bordeaux behind in 2016, the family shifted their focus to Elgin and put down roots for the future in the enchanting Valley they call home.
Despite the French connection, the Moya Meaker brand resolutely celebrates South Africa:
“The Syrah and Pinot Noir we produce today are a commemoration of Moya Meaker’s spirit and South African heritage,” say the Curls.
The winemaking in Elgin is masterminded for the Curl’s by the charismatic Damien Landouar, Chateau Gaby’s self-taught winemaker and a close friend of the family’s.
Damien, a talented cellar master and viticulturist, is responsible for the viticulture and winemaking at Moya Meaker where he continues to follow his philosophy of letting the terroir and fruit exhibit their true character. Damien prefers to limit his use of sulphur during winemaking to produce an uncompromising Moya Meaker of character, year in year out.
He and his wines have been gathering increasingly widespread admiration and acclaim around the world over the past decade.
Tim Atkin South Africa Special Report 2016
Moya Meaker Syrah 2013
Ripe, textured and showing some appealing bottle development, David Curl’s second release shows cola and clove spice aromas, some blackberry jam on the palate, a twist of the pepper grinder and nicely understated oak.
Ripe for Elgin, but appealing nonetheless.
Winemaking in Elgin
“Our grapes are hand-picked at optimum ripeness to ensure an expressive, elegant style. The Moya Meaker wines are vinified in traditional stainless steel vats using ‘punching down’ during fermentation and the wines are then aged in old French oak barrels to lend some structure and complexity whilst maintaining the round, fruit-driven character we love ” – winemaker Damien Landouar.
Moya Meaker Syrah
1st release 2012 vintage
Deep, dark inky purple body. A cocktail of violets and ripe black fruit on the nose is enrobed by hints of sweet spice. It is smooth and rich on the palate, with pretty floral notes accompanying the black fruits and smoky, sweet spices.
Damien pairs Moya Meaker Syrah with grilled meats and game such as Springbok, Ostrich or Kudu.
Moya Meaker Pinot Noir
Deep, ruby in body. The nose exhibits enticing red fruit and cherry character with a distinctive freshness. On the palate it has a soft elegance, driven by the cherries with some floral notes complementing the rich fruit. In a few years, these vines situated on a plateau will be capable of producing a very serious Pinot Noir.
Damien pairs Moya Meaker Pinot Noir with duck rillettes, grilled chicken, seared tuna steak or hearty salads.
Our first Pinot Noir vintage is yet to be released.