100% Pinot Noir
Enjoy this wine with tapas snacks, cheese and light meals with friends and good times. To show her true delicate nature, served slightly chilled.
In The Vineyard
Origin: Hemel-en-Aarde RidgeSoil
Type: Planted to Shale of the Bokkeveld Series
Aspect: North, North West and South East
Trellising System: Vertical Shoot Positioning (Perold)
Age of Vines: 3 - 7 years
Vines per hectare: 5500 - 7000
Climate: The Pinot Noir was planted on our farm in the new ward of the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, 10km in proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. The climate being "temperate" in style, where the southerly maritime winds blow through the appellations during the summer. These winds in turn bring regular sea mists and overcast conditions to the areas and with it more even temperatures. The average temperature is 19° C and rainfall, approximately, 750mm per year.
About The Harvest
The grapes were harvested in six batches, by hand, enjoying cool early morning temperatures.
Average Yield: 2 - 4 tons/ha (13 - 26 hl/ha)
In The Cellar
After overnight cold storage they were sorted, destemmed and gently crushed into red ferment tanks. A 30% portion was fermented whole bunch in the tank. Cold maceration occurred for 7 days. The wine was then fermented under controlled temperatures until dry. The skins were then lightly pressed and the wine racked into a selection of old French oak barriques for 5 months ageing and maturation. Final blending occurred one month prior to bottling and the wine was allowed to develop further in bottle prior to release.