Le Joubert, a tale about wine and weddings
Earlier this year I had the pleasure to meet Alison Joubert at the Le Joubert wine estate. I was honoured to taste their brand new harvest, before the bottles had even been labelled and was offered a tour of the facilities and cellars by the lovely Andene.
The farm was established as a wine estate in 1693 and has undergone many changes over the years. Dawie and Alison Joubert acquired the 66 hectare farm in 2003 and have since, patiently and lovingly been making wine and olive oil.
There is a gorgeous lake to the one side of the farm where many wedding receptions are held in the form of a picnic. As you will see from the gallery below, the venue offers a range of possibilities for both ceremony and reception, in and outside.
My personal favourite has to be a twilight ceremony or reception inside the wine cellar, with deep red roses and loads of candles, followed by a photo session with the Paarl Valley as a dazzling backdrop.
I would describe the Le Joubert estate as a wedding venue with understated elegance and beauty, honest and warm, just like the people I have met there.
My thanks to Alison for the words below as guest blogger, and to Andene for putting up with my deadlines!
“The Le Joubert wine estate is synonymous with award winning wines. The choice to develop further into a venue for weddings and receptions seemed like a logical next step for us.
We are situated against the slopes of the Paarl Mountain and right in the centre of this quaint town. Our wines are designed to appeal not only to the connoisseur but to those with a love for rare and exclusive quality.
The Le Joubert Venue embodies style and sophistication and minimum décor is needed to make this the perfect setting for a wedding.
Through the careful selection of the grapes we use as well as the terroir, Le Joubert produces estate wines that further the synergy between wine and venue.
Our wines are made patiently over 1070 days, just as each wedding is carefully planned. Time is the ultimate luxury.
We produce a Viognier, Bordeaux blend and Shiraz based Red blend which will compliment any food choice. Our wines are made to enjoy with a variety of dishes either at the start of a meal or when feasting on a cheese platter.
Le Joubert is our passion and we reflect this in the care the goes into producing each bottle for enjoyment by those around us”.
We asked the cellar master for his tasting notes on the existing estate wines:
Le Joubert Brilliante – Red
A rich intense ruby red hue defines this restrained and understated classy syrah blend. The nose in this elegant wine lends itself to a typical peppery and spicy character of Shiraz with hints of dusty white pepper. Finest classic pencil shavings, cigar box and integrated French oak hover in the background. The exhilaration of red berry, black current, red cherries and juicy fruit can be experienced on the palate. Big in structure this wine rewards you with palette density and lingering fine-grained tannins. Best served with aromatic meat, mutton, and venison. Perfect with mature cheeses especially brie.
Shiraz 57 %, Petit Verdot 27 %, Cabernet Sauvignon 7 %, Malbec 5 %, Merlot 4%
Grapes are harvested at optimum ripeness from decomposed granite soils. Irrigated, when needed, from the purest natural spring water flowing from granite boulders, Le Joubert supports environmentally friendly farming. Driven by nature’s gifts only rare and exclusive grapes are sorted to become part of the 1070 day journey.
Before fermentation in old style cement tanks, grapes are hand harvested, chilled, de-stemmed and intensely sorted in a gravity fed state of the art cellar. Minimum intervention is enforced. Made and bottled at Le Joubert.
Matured for 22 months in new French oak barrels. Barrels have been toasted in open fires with controlled time and temperature levels. The wine has structure and composition to mature gracefully for 10-15yrs. Released on cellar masters approval.
Total acidity: 5.4 g/l
Residual sugar: 2.1 g/l
Le Joubert Viognier – White
Defined by an elegant harmony between French oak aromas and fruit. Emphasis on nuances of dried apricot, citrus peel and marmalade, complimented with a finish of a lemony lime zest undertone. A fresh crisp acidity with lengthy creamy vanilla flavours adds density to the mid palate. Recommended food – rich poultry like duck, spicy foods and creamy fish dishes.
Viognier 100 %
The Viognier vineyards lie under the shadows of Paarl’s exposed granite boulder. The vines are protected in decomposed broken granite terroir and nurtured by clay for moisture retention. Irrigated by natural fountain water and driven by nature’s gifts.
Hand selected early in morning on optimum ripeness. Chilled and de-stemmed to cellar masters approval. Made and bottled at Le Joubert.
Matured for 9 months in new French oak barrels .aging potential 4 years.
Total acidity: 5.3 g/l
Residual sugar: 3.5 g/l
Keep an eye on Le Joubert for exciting wine news next year and please email me if you would like to find out more about a wedding at the estate.