Seductive aromatics of red and black cherry, rose, musk, herbs and a hint of earth while the palate has weight and presence thanks to a dense core of fruit, nicely integrated acidity and powdery tannins. Very appealing in its plushness. 94/100 Christian Eedes winemag.co.za
The signature aromatics of wild strawberry, black cherry and sweet Indian spices are all in place, as well as pomegranate, red plum and cocoa. A tense and structured palate speaks to the 60% whole bunches used in fermentation, with the tannins showing a pine-like freshness. With generosity of fruit and a particularly upright focus, this wine will age into 2035.
The ‘Cuvée Cinéma’ Pinot Noir is produced from fruit grown in a single vineyard – one of the highest in the Hemel-en-Aarde region. This region is characterised by a moderate climate which results in slower ripening and a later harvest. The soils are clay and shale in composition, allowing optimum fruit development while naturally restricting vigour and keeping crop levels low.
Healthy winter rainfall began to replenish water reserves in the soil and sustained the vines through the growing season. Cooler conditions in the lead up to harvest were beneficial. The grapes underwent a perfectly paced, slow and steady ripening and were harvested with concentrated flavours balanced by fresh, natural acidity. However, 2020 was still affected by the preceding drought years. This meant the vines were only just starting to recover fully and resulted in low yields. Despite this, Peter-Allan was “very happy with the quality and elegance” of the 2020 vintage.
‘Cuvée Cinéma’ was fermented with 60% whole clusters using only native yeasts in a stainless-steel tank, followed by four weeks maceration. The wine was then transferred to 228L French oak barrels, 30% of which were new, where it remained for 11 months before bottling.