GaljoenGat, the marine-influenced wine brand, will not be bottling a 2009 vintage under the GaljoenGat label. Instead, this year’s wine will bear the once-off name of The Beached Whale in memory of the fifty-plus false killer whales that killed themselves at Kommetjie last month by swimming onto the beach.
According to Emile Joubert, director of Clobert CC which owns the GaljoenGat brand, the calamitous false killer whale beaching warranted an own label due to the extent of the event.
“GaljoenGat honours the galjoen, an indigenous South African fish and threatened species,” says Joubert. “However, when nature throws you a curve-ball by beaching a huge pod of whales on your doorstep, a conservation-minded winery like us has to act. The Beached Whale 2009, a red blend of Pinotage, Cinsaut and Pinot Noir, will honour these poor ?+¦-+???+¦-ú?-¦?+¦-ú?+¦+¦ but dumb ?+¦-+???+¦-ú?-¦?+¦-ú?+¦+¦ animals who swam into the waiting arms of a few hundred Southern Suberb bunny-huggers.”
Proceeds of the sales of The Beached Whale will go to the unemployed whalers fund, as well as to Mammal GPS, an NGO developing GPS equipment that false killer whales can use to know where they are going.