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A Rising Star
23 October 2020

Occasionally we are lucky enough to stumble across a bright, exciting young producer whose natural enthusiasm and hardworking attitude immediately instils one with confidence. Rarer though, is finding out that they have yet to release their first vintage and that their delicious, terroir driven wines are born out of a tiny, part-time project. For the time being at least. Well, this is exactly what happened when we met Jolandie Fouché in 2019. A Swartland native, Fouché’s goal is to produce wines that reflect her region in a style that, in her words, “I like to drink myself.” For now just two wines, the Chenin Blanc 2019 is a 50/50 blend of mature granite and iron based vineyards, which balances natural freshness with ripe, complex fruit. The Pinotage is sure to win over the nay-sayers, coming from a beautiful 50 year old dry-farmed site planted on granite. Produced firmly in the more hands-off new wave style, Jolandie includes 25% whole bunches, keeping the rest as whole berries to maximise fruit purity and perfume. The cap is wet once a day with no punch downs whatsoever to try and counterbalance Pinotage’s naturally grippy tannins. Both wines are fermented naturally and bottled after 11 months in neutral 300L cask, unfined and unfiltered.

Until now, quantities have only allowed for a handful of listings in the London on-trade, so it gives us great pleasure to able to properly introduce the wines this year. Lauded with Tim Atkin MW’s “Most Exciting White Wine Discovery of the Year” in 2019 and seen as a rising star by some of South Africa’s leading producers, Jolandie plans, in time, to add new cultivars to create a small but beautifully formed range. Reflecting on her bold choice of name and striking branding, Jolandie explains that her husband introduced her to a quote by the writer Clarissa Pinkola Estés, which “resonated with my personality!”

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