Non-interventionalist wines from a hidden valley across the Tradauw Pass
Meyer Joubert is a pioneer of non-intervention winemaking in the little Karoo, a wine appellation through the stunning Tradauw mountain pass. However, our original winemaker was Meyer’s great grandfather, realised the potential of growing premium grapes in 1982 and planted the land. The valley the vines lie in make winemaking possible in an arid, desert land due to the pressure difference between the coast and the desert interior that act as a giant air conditioner, sucking in a cooling breeze to stop the grapes getting overripe.
A local South African told me we had to make the trip up and across the Tradauw Pass and see it’s beauty. It was up there I stumbled across Meyer, his family and his wines. For me, Meyer is the epitome of ‘natural’ – the grapes speak for themselves with the most minimal of human interference to make wine. I first tasted them, to today, it struck me how pure and vibrant his wines are – something others struggle to get near to.
Richard, Founder & Buyer
During Meyer’s career, he spent two years in California as the winemaker at the hallowed Napa producer, Cakebread Cellars before he realized his future was back in his homeland, making wine.
“You would imagine yourself in an authentic barrel cellar somewhere in Chablis” said Guide Franque, critic and wine writer. “It is Meyer’s extreme respect for nature that springs from the fact that he is first a farmer and then a winemaker, and carries the respect of the process through each day of the harvest year”.
“I like to be understated and make a statement by that” Mayer comments. “I make wine with a story, not to please judges, but to please discerning wine lovers”.
Location: nr Barrydale, The Garden Route, South Africa Working with us since: 2018 Our pick of the best wine from this producer: Syrah Interesting fact: It is the desert-like arid soils that give the strength and intensity to his wines. When vines grown in stressed (for example extremely dry) conditions, they work harder to produce better quality grapes as a survival method. The juice from those grapes is more concentrated, intense, and packed full of flavour.