A particularly charming wine with pretty floral aromas and an expressive and complex fruit development on the palate. More strawberry than dark fruit, but lots of plum with spicy cherry notes which are expanded through the impact of the carefully selected French Oak barrels.
Pinot Noir is unique as it displays both a delicacy and richness, but it is often quoted as a varietal with a character of its own and carries the crown of being the most terroir-expressive of all grape varieties. The beautiful Hemel-en-Aarde Valley represents that unique combination of soil and climate that exists in only a handful of places where the exact balance provides the perfect expression of this elusive grape.
Thankfully not all vintages are the same and 2014 certainly proved to be different. The summer season was wet and challenging with a great deal of attention being applied to protecting the vines from the resultant impact of the troublesome weather. Fortunately even our tough vintages are respectable in comparison with tough vintages in Pinot Noir traditional homeland. Ripening was achieved after a miraculous three week sunshine window which has been cause for celebration in that grapes showed their class in supporting a most aromatic wine.
Careful sorting and selection of grapes was important in achieving clean fermentations. Cold soaking prior to yeast inoculation assisted in extracting convincing colour in closed stainless steel fermentation tanks. After pressing the wine was allowed to follow the natural process of malolactic fermentation in imported French Oak barrels which further enhanced this wine and enhanced the body and structure of the end product. Only the best portions were selected for the final cuvée.
Excellent with roast beef, lamb, venison or even wild salmon. The simple luxury of fresh baguette and Emmental cheese is also a great way to enjoy this vintage.
Residual Sugar: 2.3g/l