Debuting in the upcoming edition of Platter's Guide is exciting young winery Domaine Coutelier, owned by UK-born businessman Quint Cutler, who in 2011 swapped the bustling hill of Paris' Montmartre for the bucolic heights above Stellenbosch's Devon Valley.
Domaine Coutelier's maiden release (probably in May) is a Chardonnay 2012 named The Feast, made from Durbanville grapes by Quint in conjunction with Nomada Wines' Riaan Oosthuizen. The striking and attractive front label, featuring a line drawing by Somerset West studio Holy Cow Design, conveys a sense of joy and conviviality which is echoed in the bright, fresh taste of the wine.
Domaine Coutelier's own grapes are vinified by Quint under the mentorship of Cape Winemakers Guild member Philip Costandius, and include cabernet sauvignon, merlot and, to be newly planted, ultra-rare-in-South-Africa Bordeaux variety carmenère. Next out of the blocks (around November) is a rosé from own vines and a line-up of reds scheduled for the first half of next year.
For more details, contact Quint at firstname.lastname@example.org.