Carien Coetzee

Carien Coetzee

About Carien Coetzee

Dr. Carien Coetzee is a South African Oenologist who completed her Ph.D.at the University of Stellenbosch in 2014. Her dissertation focusses on the effect of oxidation and aging on Sauvignon Blanc chemical and sensory composition and she has a specific interest in the effect of winemaking practices on Sauvignon Blanc wine quality. After working at a commercial wine laboratory in South Africa, she created Basic Wine, a business aiming to assist winemakers and wine consumers to better understand wine. She is on the management committee of Sauvignon Blanc South Africa; an institution aiming to support Sauvignon Blanc producers and promote the cultivar locally and globally. She writes regular blogs and articles with this special variety as the main focus.

May 2020

Winter fermented Sauvignon Blanc – Innovation giving South African wineries an edge

2020-05-20T12:38:21+02:00May 20th, 2020|Sauvignon Committee|

Winter fermented Sauvignon Blanc – Innovation giving South African wineries an edge Fresh aromatics are among the most sought-after qualities in wine. In South Africa, some wineries have taken the quest for freshness literally, by freezing the juice. Consultant oenologist and researcher Dr. Carien Coetzee explains how successful they have been. In 2017, Diemersdal Wine [...]

June 2019

Stylistic diversity in South African Sauvignon Blanc

2019-10-01T09:18:15+02:00June 17th, 2019|Sauvignon Committee|

Competitions do not just offer producers an opportunity to benchmark or to secure a powerful marketing tool in the event of winning a medal. They also throw up some major trends within the wine industry. Dr Carien Coetzee explains how the FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 competition reveals the direction South African Sauvignon Blanc is taking [...]