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!
These guys are keen conservationists and work with organisations such as TUSK, and the Endangered Wildlife Trust with a percentage of the takings on the wines going to such causes.
Roussanne, native to the warmer regions of France’s Rhone valley, is a relative newcomer and still very rare in South Africa. There are fewer than 10 South African producers and Painted Wolf 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.
The wine was fermented at Koopmanskloof in Stellenbosch in 500-litre French oak barrels. About 50% was in brand new, super tight grain barrels and the balance in neutral oak. After nine months in wood, the wine was bottled.
Total production 2,750 bottles.
A tight, elegant wine with waxy stone fruit and soft, spicy vanilla aromas. The wine has a lovely texture with a long, layered finish.
Try with blood orange, eggplant, basmati rice and skinned chicken breasts with Moroccan style spices, also great with smoked fish pate with apricot relish, or salmon ravioli served with salsa verde, fish with fennel or vegetarian spring rolls