Paul Jordaan had plenty of experience with Chenin Blanc and the Swartland working alongside Eben Sadie as the winemaker for Eben’s Sadie Family Wines. Paul met his winemaking business partner Pauline Roux in 2016 while she was working with Adi Badenhorst on the Paardeberg. After realizing they shared the same winemaking vision, in 2018 they started a brand together, Paulus Wine Co. The duo’s first wine Bosberaad loosely translates to a gathering in nature, and in this case a literal one. The aim is to produce a wine in partnership with nature, finding and maintaining that natural balance between all the controllable and uncontrollable, visible and invisible elements involved.
Searching for the right vineyard to launch was actually quite easy as Paul lives adjacent to the in-demand Schreiber’s Waterval Farm in the Siebritskloof Valley of the Paardeberg. The organically farmed, bush vines were planted in 1980 on pure granite with granitic sand overlaid at 700 feet in elevation on an east facing ridge, limiting potent sunshine.”The future for this partnership is very bright with an addition or two to the one wine brand in the near future.” Neal Martin of Vinous had this to say about the 2019 Bosberaad, “It is one of the best Chenin Blanc wines that I have tasted in a long time.” Pretty nice credentials for seeing the wine for the first time.