July 30, 2020 by Alyssa Taylor
The Argaux team first met Chase Carhartt, a winemaker for Carhartt Family Wines in the Santa Ynez Valley, in 2015 during a visit to the Central Coast. We were captivated by the vibe and energy of their intimate tasting room and immediately bonded with Chase and the Carhartt family.
Since our passion for wine instilled a lifelong friendship, we naturally began brainstorming on ways we could collaborate. Chase—initially drawn to South Africa (SA) because of its history and emerging wine culture—has been working alongside the Storm Wines SA team for the last three years, barreling his own Pinot Noir and Syrah.
Timing aligned and as Chase was putting his first private label project into barrel, we were able to begin importing. Partnering with Chase on this project was a no-brainer and we are thrilled to finally be able to share the 2020 vintage of Cargaux (pronounced “CAR-GO”) wine with you! Chase Carhartt, currently produces wine alongside his mom and dad, for Carhartt Family Wines in the Santa Ynez Valley, nestled in California’s central coast. After graduating with a degree in Enology (winemaking) from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2011, he has not only been making wines for the Carhartt Family Wines brand, but has travelled to various countries around the globe to study classic and progressive farming and winemaking. In addition to working harvests in France, Tasmania, and Argentina, 2020 marked his fifth vintage in South Africa, which has captivated his attention since his first visit in 2010.
“In my opinion, South Africa’s Western Cape is one of the most intriguing wine regions on the planet. What initially attracted me to this part of the world is the combination of the country’s history in wine alongside a new and unique identity that is emerging current day. Here, the melting pot of culture, language, and philosophy is unprecedented. After three vintages working with the team at Storm Wines S.A., I was finally able to craft small lots of both Pinot Noir and Syrah to showcase a taste of what the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, in South Africa’s Western Cape, has to offer.”
— Chase Carhartt
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