When winemaker Paul Jordaan is asked why he makes wine, he responds first with a full-belly laugh. “That’s a trick question,” he declares. But as he pauses to let the question marinate, his eyes start to glow with a childlike twinkle as a grin escapes from the corners of his mouth. “It gives me a platform to tell the story of a place,” he says. “And hopefully my bottle is the first one empty on the table.”
Paul Jordaan has been able to tell many stories over the years, working alongside Eben Sadie as the winemaker for Eben’s company, Sadie Family Wines. In 2016, he met his business partner, Pauline Roux, while she was working with Adi Badenhorst on the Paardeberg. They quickly discovered they shared the same winemaking vision, and in 2018, they started Paulus Wine Co. together. The duo’s first wine Bosberaad is an Afrikaans word that loosely translates to ‘a meeting or encounter in nature.’ “Wine is like the record of the meeting that took place the previous year, where everything comes together” says Paul. The aim is to produce a wine that finds and maintains that natural balance between all the controllable and uncontrollable, the visible and invisible elements involved.
Searching for the right vineyard to grow Chenin Blanc was 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. Neal Martin of Vinous called the 2019 Bosberaad “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. We’re hopeful for more gems like this one from the Paulus duo. “The future for this partnership is very bright with an addition or two to the brand in the near future.”