Pinot Noir from South Africa

The only Pinot Noir to receive the coveted five star rating in the 2009 Platter guide.

SOIL TYPE
Selected from 3 clones of Pinot Noir with an average age of 13 years old, situated on loamy gravel topsoil with clay sub-soil. 40% vendage vert (green harvesting cluster removal) at 60% veraison to ensure concentration and even ripening.

VINIFICATION
Grapes hand picked and selected in the coolness of morning before crushing. Fermentaion in small stainless steel cuves with regular pigeage for gentle extraction. Partial un-innoculated fermentation before pressing directly in French oak tight grained Hogsheads for malo-lactic fermentation. After racking, the wine was matured in 70% new Alliers Hogshead for 11 months before bottling.

TASTING NOTES
Deep opaque ruby colour with a garnet rim. Exhuberent floral and musky nose with hints of violets, cherries and baking spice. The palate is youthfull with bright acidity, juicy red fruit flavours and silky, supple tannins giving the wine a good lenght.
ANALYSIS
Extract : 32
Residual sugar : 2.95 g/l
pH : 3.64
Total acidity : 5.99 g/l
Alcohol : 14.1 %

AGEING POTENTIAL
Up to 2012, provided wine is sorted in ideal cellar conditions.

IDEALLY SERVED AT
16° – 18° C

COMPLEMENTS
White and red meats, Parma ham, grilled linefish, Tuna, wild mushrooms and traditional cheeses.

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