Carmen Stevens

South Africa

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Carmen's Wines

In one afternoon, Carmen's life was transformed by 2,000 Angels

    • Carmen soared from humble roots to become head winemaker at Amani Vineyards – a prestigious, high-end, Gold medal-winning winery.
    • In 2011 your funding set her free – and she’s gone on to become one of our best-selling winemakers – with glittering medals and 90+% ratings to prove it.
    • Thanks to that very special day (£120K invested in just 8 hours!), Carmen is branching out and making her own fine wines. Just for you!

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Carmen Stevens's Story

"I qualified in 1995 from Elsenberg College in South Africa. I started my winemaking career with Stellenbosch Farmer’s Winery. At the end of the year 2000 I was appointed wine maker within the Stellenbosch Vineyards group, as site wine maker for the Welmoed premises.

In 2005 I was appointed wine maker for Amani Vineyards. It was a great moment for me to work for such a prestigious winery. Now to be given the chance to work on my own wines is even greater!

Every vintage comes with its own challenges, and as wine maker you need to adapt and make informed decisions to complement what nature has given you.That is the joy of wine making. Tasting wines from other wine makers in different countries is another pleasure and a means of communication between wine makers, I believe.

The individual attention to each vineyard block as well as the hand picking of all grapes, according to the taste and flavour profile that the berries displays. Then; all red grapes are not only bunch but berry sorted to ensure only the most enticing berries end up in ferment.

The white varietals are also hand picked into 16kg light box loads and bunch sorted under strict protective condition to preserve what was achieved in the vineyard. The attention to detail for each practise performed in the cellar is immense.

Finally, there is an individual evaluation and selection of each barrel to create the final blends, which makes Amani customers loyal followers.  I hope to continue this legacy of great wines with my own project too!

I have been very proud to win some great awards along the way as well… without wanting to brag too much, here are some of the highlights!

-        Decanter Wine Award 2010 – Gold Award for Amani Chardonnay 2008

-        Finalist in Woman Wine maker of the Year 2009 (South Africa)

-        Decanter Wine Award 2008: – Regional Trophy Award and International Trophy for Amani Cabernet Franc/Merlot 2006

-        Classic Wine Trophy Show (South Africa): - Diamond Award for Amani Chardonnay 2006

I really hope you like the wines I have made...and will love the wines I am working on too.

I cannot wait to get Angel feedback. Please write to me and let me know what you think…

Best wishes,

Carmen"

Carmen's Archangels

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Geoff Fitzgerald
10,399 Posts • 7,674 Likes • 389 Followers

Quality over quantity and you won't go far wrong!

Steve Prosser
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Hi, my name is Steve and I like wine. My wife likes wine. We like wine. Most importantly, we like Naked Wine. <br /><br /><br /><br />Since I was introduced to NW what seems like an eon ago, I have bought into the whole philosophy in a big way. My bank account looks like I bought into it in a big way too!! I don&apos;t profess to be an expert. I am always learning. But I know enough and I know what I like and don&apos;t like. I know enough to know what to recommend and what not to. I have indulged and I have experimented. Broadened my horizons I have. And I am glad I have too. <br /><br /><br /><br />I have a halo you know. That means I am an Archangel. That means I contribute, offer my opinion and try and be helpful. Don&apos;t be afraid to say hello or follow me. I don&apos;t bite. I just drink wine.

Barry Wright
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