Adam Mason – Winemaker
Terre Paisible Vigne D’Or
Originally from Johannesburg Adam has always had a passion for food and wine and completed his BSc in Winemaking / Oenology and Viticulture at the University of Stellenbosch. After completing his winemaking degree, he worked internationally as a winemaker for Laithwaites. Here he made a wide range of wines in the Rhône valley, Roussillon and in Provence. He also completed parallel harvests in South Africa at Boschendal and Bruce Jack’s Flagstone Winery.
Thereafter, he spent 8 years as Cellar Master at Klein Constantia where he made Vin de Constance, one of the world's most famous sweet wines, as well as some of the finest Sauvignon Blancs in South Africa.
Adam then joined prestigious Stellenbosch wine brand Mulderbosch. During his time there as Head Winemaker he was instrumental in revolutionising the brand. He then joined ultra-premium Stellenbosch winery De Morgenzon as its Cellar Master - before setting up his own specialist Winemaking Consultancy business - VinMason.
Having a long-standing passion for Sauvignon Blanc - it was a natural fit for Adam to come on board at Terre Paisible to craft our range of estate Sauvignon Blanc wines ‘Les Dames de 1987’ Old Vines and Vigne d’Or Franschhoek Estate Sauvignon Blanc.
Terre Paisible Les Dames de 1987 Franschhoek Sauvignon Blanc is made from 35-year-old vines certified under the ‘Old Vine Project’. Made with minimal intervention it was matured on the lees for nine months in a 4000L oak foudre. Les Dames is a fresh and elegant wine with ripe notes of nectarine and Starking apple on the palate. The barrel maturation and lees ageing gives this wine incredible texture on the palate - as well as ensuring the wine has fantastic ageing potential.
The Vigne’ d’Or Franschhoek Sauvignon Blanc is a classic expression of Franschhoek Sauvignon Blanc with delicate hints of lime cordial and freshly mown hay on the nose. The palate has richer, riper tropical fruit flavours, lots of fresh acidity and a long, elegant finish from extended less ageing.
Adam also created the Terre Paisible Isabelle Rosé, in honour of the estate's owners. This small batch wine - only 1965 bottles made - is 60% Grenache and 40% Mourvèdre sourced from dryland vineyards in Stellenbosch. Pale salmon in colour with copper hues it is a delicate and elegant take on a Provençal rose. Matured in a large foudre this wine has subtle fruit aromas of rose petals, pomelo zest and stone fruit as well as delicate marzipan notes.
The future of Terre Paisible wines is exciting and with Adam on board to craft them we are assured of many award winning vintages to come.