VinoPeople No. 32: Johan Joubert, winemaker and Chenin Blanc evangelist at Kleine Zalze, South Africa

Johan Joubert, winemaker and Chenin Blanc evangelist at Kleine Zalze, South Africa

©Kleine Zalze Johan Joubert

©Kleine Zalze Johan Joubert

The best advice I ever got: My father told me to be humble and to keep my eyes and ears open, so see opportunities and start working
My life motto: To live my passion
I am currently reading: Anything about animals
The most-played track on my iPod: Anything from the 1980s
A wine that surprised me recently: A very elegant 2009 Côte Rôtie from Guigal
My favourite newspaper/magazine: An outdoor magazine called Getaway and Rapport, a local paper
My desert-island wine: Kleine Zalze Bush Vine Chenin Blanc
If I didn’t do my current job I would be: Geologist
I most admire in people: Honesty, openness and fair exchange
I really detest: When people talk behind your back and taking things for granted
The skill I don’t currently possess but would like   to have: The patience to read books.
I relax while: Fishing, diving and making wine.
I have learnt a lot from: My brother, who is also a winemaker and from Beyers Truter, (legendary South African winemaker)
My first taste of wine was: An off-dry Gewürztraminer when I was 16
My last meal and sip will be: To start the Family Reserve Chenin Blanc 2012 from Kleine Zalze with Prawn Risotto, then well-matured beef and Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 and chocolate truffles
What do you want to show most in your wine? Personality, identity and a style to remember