I’m still so completely obsessed with these wines. I’ve been trying to pace my stash…but last night felt right for opening this beauty.
The colour! The bricky pale garnet colour that already tells you that this hasn’t been fined or filtered. Medium intensity nose of red fruits (strawberries, raspberries, cherries), florals (dried roses), black tea, a hint of dried fruits and stewed red fruits and a touch of spice (smokey cloves?) On the palate, all those fruits as well as some leather, good acidity, soft ripe tannins and a savoury medium plus finish.
Balance (1) + Length (½) + Intensity (1) + Complexity (1) = An outstanding wine.
Drink now but has potential for further ageing.
Viti + Vini:
The Pinot Noir grapes are sourced from two areas – 40% Overberg and 60% Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge. 40% whole bunch and the rest on top. Overberg spent 7 days on sounds. Hemel-en-Aarde 27 days of skin contact. Old French Oak with lees stirring every 2 weeks for 4 months, then monthly for 4 months, no stirring for the last 2 months. 10 months maturation. Only rough filtration.
I met the winemaker on a random street in Cape Town and had the neighbors watch our exchange of cash for wine. Best street deal I’ve ever done. I kind of hate myself for opening this last bottle – I’m hoping he’ll want to repeat our exchange!