Winemaker: Louis van der Riet
Grape varietal: Pinot Noir
These vineyards are situated on the foothills of the majestic Outeniqua Mountains. The vineyards are planted in quartzitic sandstone which forms part of the Table Mountain Sandstone Group. The cool temperatures at this high altitude of 600 meters above sea level and hard soil results in grapes that ripen very slowly and produce berries of exceptional quality with intense flavours.
Harvesting takes place towards the end of March as soon as the grapes reach 24o Balling. Bunches are hand harvested early in the morning and arrives cool at the cellar. The grapes are destemmed and crushed into an open concrete fermentation tank; yeast is added immediately to start fermentation which lasts about five days with short pump-overs twice a day, Thereafter the free run juice is separated and fermentation finished in tank. The wine is then aged for 12 months in older French oak Barrels.
Colour: Beautiful soft red colour.
Bouquet: Flavours of cherries, strawberries and Rooibos on the nose.
Taste: Soft smooth flavours of cherries, Rooibos, and a savoury earthiness. Silky, smooth tannins with an elegant, complex finish.
A lovely food-wine. Perfect with pan-fried duck breast and roast vegetables, a mushroom risotto, or country style cassoulet.
TA: 5.16 g/l
RS: 4.12 g/l
Extract: 29..6 g/l