The pack, Roussanne 2018


W.O. Paarl

Cultivar(s): Roussanne 100%
Analysis: Alc: 12.3% | R.S: 1.7g/l | T.A: 6.2g/l | Ph: 3.22

Awards & accolades

  • Trophy for Top Niche White Variety – Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2019
  • 92 points – Tim Atkin 2019

The story of this wine

We share our wine making equipment with Leeuwenkuil Family vineyards in their artisanal cellar. Through this relationship we have access to a number of the best vineyards in Paarl and the Swartland. 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 ten South African producers and we are proud to be ranked among the top.

Our friend Jenny Metelerkamp who lived with us at Lloyd’s camp, Botswana produced the fine Painted Wolf ink drawing for our logo and the pack labels.

Tasting notes

A tight elegant wine with waxy stone fruit and soft spicy vanilla aromas. The wine has a lovely texture with a long finish and fresh acid keeping it vivacious and vibrant.

Food suggestions

The wine has lovely texture and some complexity. Serve with smoked snoek pate with apricot relish or with a salad of roasted red peppers, Dalewood Huguenot Cheese and rocket with anchovy vinaigrette, or salmon ravioli served with salsa verde. Roast duck with honey, lavender and thyme would be seriously delicious with the wine too.

The vineyard

Roussanne is grown by Willy Mostert on the south eastern side of the Paardeberg. The wines are planted on decomposed granite soils.

Winemaking

The wine was fermented at Koopmanskloof in Stellenbosch in 500 litre French oak barrels, about 50% of the vine has been fermented in brand new super tight grain barrels and the balance in neutral oak..  After 9 months in wood, the wine was bottled.  Only 2750 bottles were produced.

Ageing potential

This wine should be drunk within 2 to 3 years of the vintage.