Black Pearl Wines

Black Pearl Chenin Blanc Mourvedre

Mary Lou Nash punching down in her cellar

Mary-Lou Nash's family come from Murvey Roundstone in Connemara  - a magical place which is very close to our hearts and lives. We met Mary-Lou quite by chance at the Swarland Revolution in 2015 and and went on to visit her at  Black Pearl Wines,  her home in the Swartland home surrounded by vineyards with Table Mountain in the distance - another magical place. Starting out with zero viticultural or winemaking knowledge when her father bought a run-down wine farm on the slopes of Paarl Mountain, she became hooked after the first harvest. She became a Cape Wine Master in 2011 and has become highly regarded in the Cape Wine community. We really enjoyed getting to know Mary-Lou and were very impressed with her wines made with a minimal intervention approach. So we were delighted to add the wines of another great winemaker with Irish roots to our portfolio.

The Rhenosterkop farm, where Black Pearl Wines is located, adjoins the Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve and consists of critically endangered vegetation including Swartland Granite and Shale Renosterveld as well as  Swartland Granite Fynbos. Conservation of these very valuable habitats are a very important element of the farm management to maintain this precious eco-system. You can read more about Rhenosterveld here.

All of this has been quite a journey for a lass who was a beer drinker and who knew who know nothing of good wine before her arrival in the Cape. Read more about Mary Lou's journey in wine

About Kinnegar

Kinnegar Wines was born almost by accident and been growing organically since.

In 1998, I was in the midde of a two year diploma course with the London Wine & Spirits Trust when an opportunity came up to visit South Africa's Western Cape. Naturally, I was keen to avail of the opportunity to learn more about viticulture and winemaking in South Africa.

We had an excellent guide who brought us to a number of the Cape's leading estates including Thelema and De Trafford where we had in depth vineyard and cellars tours. At the end of the day, I wanted to take back some of the wonderful wines we had tasted for our own use. It was not possible to take two or three cases of wine with us on our flight and shipping such a small quantity was more than the cost of wines. So I had the mad idea of shipping a pallet! Clearly, I had to start selling these wines and so began Kinnegar Wines. Ashford Castle took many of the wines and continue to list them and newer arrivals ever since.

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