Wolf & Woman is an exciting project created in 2019 by Swartland native, Jolandie Fouché, whose goal is to produce wines that reflect her origins in a style “that I like to drink myself.” She spent her early childhood roaming the vineyards despite not growing up in a winegrowing family. She went to Elsenburg for winemaking studies and today she uses the knowledge she has gained through working as a winemaker in Australia and California, as well as her native South Africa.
A few years ago, Jolandie’s husband Gustav sent her a quote that he said reminded him of of her. It read, “some days I am more wolf than woman and I am still learning to stop apologizing for my wild.” A while later she was at the airport and while waiting to board, she went into a book shop and saw the book “Women Who Run with the Wolves” by Clarissa Pinkola Estés. She immediately thought about that quote that Gustav had sent her and bought the book. After reading it she felt inspired, empowered and able to dream bigger and wilder than ever before. The book opened her eyes to the fact that the ‘wild woman’ is naturally creative, passionate and instinctive. These are characteristics she believes are crucial when you make and live wine.
There are many parallels that can be drawn between women and wolves. Loyal, protective, wild and beautiful, both know the unknowable and sense the unseen. This range of wines is inspired by the fierce, untamed nature of these glorious creatures – and Clarissa Pinkola Estés, who first put it into words.
Jolandie produces wines that of course she likes to drink and ultimately reflects the untamed ideals. She only works with select growers with whom she carries special relationships. The vineyards are all sustainably farmed and the fruit is hand-harvested. The whites are made with a large amount of lees contact while the reds see bits and pieces of whole-clusters. All fermentations are carried out without any additions and the wines are made without anything being taken away in order to highlight the intensity of the site and grape but with Jolandie’s gentle touch as the ultimate decision maker.