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I crafted this wine through careful bunch selection and micro-managing the vineyard. A minimum amount of additives and wine manipulation techniques were used to produce a wine that, I believe, expresses the true terroir of the vineyard the way nature intended. – Solitary  by Jozua Joubert

I was born and raised on the family vineyard farm, Karibib, studied winemaking and started traveling the world doing as many harvests in as many areas as possible. I returned to South Africa for a job as winemaker in 2003 and was eager to show what I’ve learned abroad.

In 2010 however things changed suddenly when my Dad passed and I had to take over the family farm. It took me 3 year to realise I needed to start making wine again to keep my sane – the SOLITARY project was born. I wanted to show the strength of the Terroir, minimalize additives, maximise effort in the vineyard and to have a sense of place in a bottle. This meant focusing on single vineyard wines.

Sauvignon Blanc

Solitary Owl House Sauvignon Blanc 2017

The bouquet is dominated by green figs, pear and litchi characters. Complex herbal tones like fynbos and sage and a strong backdrop of granite or flint are also prominent on the nose. On the palate, the wine over-delivers with lots of green fig, peach and even green mango.

The minerality and nougat flavours carry the rounded and long lasting palate that lingers forever.

 

Pinot Noir

Solitary Morning Bell Pinot Noir 2016

This wine has a vibrant beautiful light garnet colour and a bouquet that will leave you guessing for hours. It’s constantly changing with red berries, flint, graphite and sandalwood that pops out of the glass. Tobacco and clove characters set the undertone with thyme and fynbos notes. On the palate I struggle to isolate any single flavour, but cranberries seems to dominate with granite and mineral tones with herbal characters that match the bouquet. A beautiful acid keeps the palate alive and changing even on your palate.

This is a wine that will age beautifully. I strongly recommend aging a couple of bottles for 15 years. Decant to get the full potential.

 

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