Jolandie Fouché, winemaker at Kloovenburg in the Swartland, now has her own label called Woman and Wolf, maiden releases being a Chenin Blanc 2018 and Pinotage 2018, tasting notes and ratings as follows:
Woman and Wolf Chenin Blanc 2018
Grapes equally from a 1980 Paardeberg vineyard planted on granite and a 1983 vineyard outside Malmesburg planted on iron. A forthcoming and compelling nose of naartjie, peach and dried herbs. The palate has lovely fruit expression and weight with nicely integrated, tangy acidity, the finish savoury to the point of bitter. The two different batches of fruit seem to complement each other very well, the end result having an effortlessness about it while also being true to the Swartland.
Editor’s rating: 94/100.
Woman and Wolf Pinotage 2018
Grapes from a 1973 Paardeberg vineyard, winemaking involving 20% whole-bunch fermentation. Lovely aromatics of dark cherry, dried herbs and freshly turned earth. The palate has good fruit concentration despite a low alcohol of 12%, super-fresh acidity and quite firm tannins, the finish long and savoury. It’s a fine addition to the growing sub-group of New Wave Pinotage.
Editor’s rating: 91/100.
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