The whole bunch element brings spicy undertones to compliment the red bramble berry fruits, subtle sweet leafy intensity and an earthy, forest floor complexity. Fleshy, deep and spicy with fine graphite tannin depth. The wine shows lovely breadth and floral character so typical of Pinot.
Ben’s Notes – When I talk about a stock of luck, I talk about meeting Gerhard! These days there aren’t many wine makers in the Hemel valley (the home of some of the best Chardonnay and Pinot) but I met Gerhard who works with working with JC at Creation. He’s been given the opportunity to make his own wine as side projects. A brilliant example of Pinot Noir – and being talked about along side other great Pinots from the Hemel. Serve lightly chilled on a summers day or with a nice bit of spring lamb.
The grapes are from the Vrede farm in the Overberg, just 20km from Atlantic Ocean. Grapes are hand picked and chilled overnight before processing. 20% whole bunch fruit is used and the rest de-stemmed. Natural fermentation takes place with a punchdown 1-2 times a day, normally lasting 10-14 days. Left on skins for 5 days after fermentation completes to allow tannins to integrate and the desired level of extraction to be achieved. Soft pressed and taken straight to older French oak for 10 months.
There are only 4 barrels produced. The wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered, while additives are limited to a small addition of sulphur prior to bottling. A harmless sediment may develop over time.
Made in honour of Gerhard’s grandfather Kat, a true gentleman, a man’s man with a fair moustache.
Produced by Gerhard as his own project, while still part of the Creation winemaking team.