In February 1994, Jeremy visited his family in South Africa. His sister, Amanda was working as a wildlife film maker and had met Emma at Lloyd’s Camp. She knew that the camp was looking for a cook and had volunteered his services. He was interviewed by Emma, who recommended him for the job.
During the seven inspirational years, working with Charles Back at Fairview, Jeremy self-funded his post grad degree in wine business at Adelaide University. Emma pursued her photography and the family expanded.
Now making wine of their own since 2005 they just haven’t had the time to look back!
This wine is named for Solo of the Serengeti, the Painted Wolf (African wild dog) pup who inspired Hugo van Lawick and Jane Goodall’s groundbreaking 1978 film and book about the species. The name Solo was also given to a lone wild dog at Mombo in the Okavango about whom a fascinating documentary was made.
Roussanne, native to the warmer regions of France’s Rhône valley, is a relative newcomer and still very rare in South Africa. There are fewer than 10 South African producers and we are proud to be ranked among the top. Roussanne is grown by Willy Mostert on the south-eastern side of the Paardeberg. The vines are planted on decomposed granite soils. We always find that our Roussannes age particularly well, and this wine will become even more interesting and complex over the next ten years.
The grapes were hand-harvested riper than usual, whole-bunch pressed and fermented slowly with natural yeast. The wine spent 8 months in a 500 litre barrel, with daily stirring of the lees. Total production 2,900 bottles.
Bursting with stone fruit aromas, this is a wonderfully complex wine with a slight waxiness combined with vanilla and fresh minerality on the palate.
Try with crab omelette, roasted pork sandwich, roasted squash and seasonal veg with brown rice, chicken roast, lobster or a vegan bacon sandwich!
Painted Wolf Wines supports the conservation of the highly endangered painted wolf (African wild dog) and the protection of the diminishing wild spaces of Africa, through its donations to the EWT – www.ewt.org.za and Tusk – www.tusk.org