Sleeping Co-Pilot 2020 — Viognier
A Wine That
shows what Viognier is capable of in the hands of a creative mind. A skin contact wine of subtlety and freshness, with aromas of honey blossom, apricots and wild roses, this is amongst the prettiest orange wines we can think of. It's a wine for dreamers; make sure you have a pen to hand when you drink this.
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- Winemaker: Intellego
Where & How?
Planted in the Swartland in 2003, this is trellised Viognier on oakleaf and glenrosa decomposed granite soils.
The wine was fermented naturally with whole bunches for 14 days in open tanks, after which it was aged in old 500L and 300L barrels for ten months.
Jurgen Gouws may only be in his 30s but he has an impressive track record already. From working with Eben Sadie both here in the Swartland and in Priorat at Terroir al Limit, to working in Côte-Rotie and the Roussillon, to eventually working with Craig Hawkins at Lammershoek, he has had an impressive lineup of mentors. Originally from the eastern Cape, Jurgen decided to settle in the Swartland because of the energy of the place:
"From the beginning I fell in love with the Swartland. Number one because of the people - there was this totally different relaxed vibe - they were really chilled. There were no egos. I realised it was possible to work and enjoy life. Too often, Africa can be all work, work work, and that's it. Sometimes we miss out a bit on the good part of life - like sitting down with a glass of really great wine."
These days, Jurgen leases vineyards to farm organically, as well as working closely with a number of organic and biodynamic farmers from whom he purchases fruit. He is on a mission to use natural methods to ensure his vines live a healthy long life, while producing enough crop to be financially viable. In a region that suffers greatly from drought, this is not always easy, but so far, so good: this is one of the most exciting young farmer-winemakers in Africa.