Wine Club (September 2009) – Teddy Hall

September 1st, 2009 by karen

Teddy began his life as so many of us racing around as a yuppie in Johannesburg before the wine bug bit and he headed down to the Western Cape to study winemaking, and is now glad to call Somerset West home.

He began as a cellar rat at the historical wine farm Boschendal in 1993 while he also made his first ever wine – a Cabernet Sauvignon – in his parent’s garage. Following that up with a stint as a seasonal worker in Pomerol, France, Teddy has never been afraid of getting his hands dirty!

In 1998 he began working at Kanu, and within three years had put the cellar on the map by taking top honours in the annual WINE magazine Chenin Blanc Challenge in 2001. The same year he was awarded the coveted Diners Club Winemaker of the Year title.

Nowadays TEDDY HALL is recognised as South Africa’s king of Chenin Blanc having won the WINE magazine Chenin Blanc Challenge a total of four times! No mean feat when there are a host of other equally passionate advocates and exponents of this grape. A mark of the esteem with which his fellow winemakers regarded him, was the invitation to join the Cape Winemakers Guild in 2003.

Teddy felt the urge to be his own boss and created his own label, Rudera, as a sideline in 1999 and bottling his first solo wine in 2001. Going about his business in an unconventional way, Teddy negotiated contracts with trusted grape growers, sourcing fruit from a number of sources. “That way I can be assured of getting the best possible fruit in prime areas – and making fantastic wine as a result.”

TEDDY HALL Wines was born in 2006 in response to a demand for a less serious Chenin Blanc. Reacting to the popularity of his eponymous wine brand, Teddy focussed all his attention on expanding the range.

In 2008 Rudera was sold while TEDDY HALL Wines continued to flourish. The array of wines now includes a Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah Reserve and even a Blanc de Blanc Methode Cap Classique. He also has two great “easy drinking quaffers” called Summer Moments and Winter Moments for his white and red respectively.  The jewel in the crown, remains unquestionably Chenin Blanc, with the Reserve 2008 leading the line-up.

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