Are you excited yet? Erickson sure was, when -- almost by chance -- Fable owner Charles Banks introduced him to the gorgeous vineyard, in a remote part of South Africa's Western Cape. It seemed a miracle to Erickson that such rugged terrain could produce grapes of such extraordinarily high quality. Almost immediately he decided to join the team of winemaker Rebecca Tanner and her partner, viticulturist Paul Nicholls, by signing on as consulting winemaker. Erickson set about getting a state-of-the-art winemaking facility installed on the property in accordance with Tanner and Nicholls biodynamic winemaking methods, which strive to make wine in harmony with nature and the natural cycles of the vineyard ... including the occasional bothersome baboon.
The Fable of "The Lion's Whisker"
Two sisters, who had always been very close, found out one day that they would be marrying men from different villages. Distraught that they would be separated by some distance and nervous that they would grow apart, the sisters went to the village healer and asked if he had any potions to help cement their bond for life. He told them that yes, he did, but he would need a lion's whisker to make it. The two sisters spent many weeks lingering near where the lion drank from the lake so that he would eventually trust that they meant him no harm. After many weeks, one of the sisters finally reached out and pulled a whisker from the lion, and they took it to the healer. "Alas," he said, "there is no potion after all, but if you have the dedication, bravery, and can make a lion trust you, you already have everything you need to keep your relationship strong forever."