Jean Retief, an avid gardener, ordered a ‘hardy’ tree from a nursery in the far-off Natal (today KZN) in 1941.
When it arrived by train at the Klaasvoogds station, local farmers remarked that it looked just like the Karee, which was quite common to the Robertson Valley.
Jean insisted that her tiny sapling was a Rhus Lancea, not a Karee. Her husband Hennie went down to the Breede River, got a Karee and planted it next to Jean’s Rhus Lancea – which turned out to be identical. Over the years the two trees grew intertwined – all tangled up – and became a symbol of their love and a life spent side by side.
These trees and their love was the inspiration for the Tangled Tree range of wines.