Adam Mason is the winemaker and founder of Raised by Wolves, his “side project” and love project – separate from his role as head of winemaking at the larger, more commercial wine estate Mulderbosch. Raised by Wolves is his “alter ego”.
“The wolf in many cultures represents the dark side. There’s something very primal about our fear of wolves: the fear of the wilderness, that other side, the dark side. So on one hand, it represents our untame self.”
We chatted to Adam about his harvest journey this year, in a time characterised by drought in the Cape, and in particular with his “Law of the Wild” philosophy that he applies to the small-batch wines coming from Raised by Wolves.
We met up with Gavin Brand, winemaker for Cape Rock Wines and owner of his own Landscape Architecture firm, to find out exactly what happens in harvest time. Harvest is one of the most crucial steps in the process of winemaking and is undoubtedly the most important time of year for our winemakers. However, as much as it is rewarding, there are also some challenges that arise.