100% Pinot Noir from Elgin, Western Cape, South Africa. Sustainable, Spontaneous Fermentation, Low Intervention, Low Sulfites. Lightly filtered.
ABOUT: The Wilson brothers farm their vineyards in accordance with South Africa’s voluntary Integrated Production of Wine program, creating a sustainable ecosystem for plants and animals in their property. Due to Elgin’s proximity to the cold Atlantic Ocean and high altitude, the valley’s cool environment makes it the ideal home for varietals such as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Rose and Riesling and permits a predominantly non-interventionist approach to wine making. Working in harmony with nature, the grapes are harvested by hand at the optimal moment for full flavours before being transported a short distance to the local winery.
Once the grapes are harvested, they pass into the hands of the estate’s skilled enologist, Richard Kershaw MW. Richard is one of the few Masters of Wine in the world that are actually directly involved in the production process
VINIFICATION: Vineyards are situated in the Western Cape of South Africa, in the Elgin Valley. Soil is composed of Table Mountain Sandstone. Vines are trained using the Guyot system. Spontaneous fermentation takes place in open fermenters for 10 days, after which grapes are lightly pressed and the juice is transferred to French barrique (20% new) to undergo malolactic fermentation. The wine is then aged for 11 months in used oak barrels, after which it is bottled.
TASTING NOTES: The wine has a bold rich colour. This hints at a more substantial style of Pinot Noir. On the nose, spicy oak gives way to violets and Forest floor. The entry is Silky. The mid-palate weight of this wine is remarkable. There are Baked Plums and Morello Cherries, with Cocoa Powder-like Tannins that develop along with hints of Dark Chocolate and Strawberry. The wine was lightly filtered prior to bottling to maintain the wines integrity and delicate Pinot flavour spectrum.
FOOD PAIRING: This beautifully structured, complex Pinot Noir lends itself to be paired with flavorful Roasts, Cassoulets, Mushroom Soufflé, and Game Bird. It is a nice addition to any summer braii, South Africa’s version of barbecue, and will pair wonderfully with anything off the Grill.