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BENGUELA COVE - PINOT NOIR

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Description

This wine is a true impression of a vintage, packed with layers of fruit and intricate flavour nuances that makes you want to go back for more. The wine keeps you on the edge of your seat and surprise with a medley of aromas that includes red liquorice, violet and mulberry with a cool and earth edge of fennel and dried origanum.

Winemaking Notes

Grapes were handpicked at optimal potential, followed by bunch and berry sorting. A four day cold soak encouraged maximum fruit and colour extraction. The 10% whole bunches with the balance being whole berries was inoculated, followed by gentle punch downs twice a day. After alcoholic fermentation, it was pressed, settled and transferred to barrel for malolactic fermentation where it was kept until prior to bottling.
Maturation: 10 months; 30% new French oak barrels | Production: 11 barrels

Growing Conditions

Walker Bay is synonymous with outstanding South African Pinot Noir. Nudged by the Bot River lagoon with vistas of the Atlantic Ocean, the vineyards enjoy cool daytime temperatures that drop even more at night. A beneficial diurnal range aids in even ripening and complexity, ushering the development of delicate fruit notes, fine tannin structure and a bright acidity. Maritime winds encourage healthy vines that need minimal intervention.
Slope: south and south west facing vineyards| Soil: predominantly weathered shale, clay and iron laterites | Clones: PN115 & PN777

Food Pairing

Elegant yet powerful, this wine invites both savoury and sweet dishes.
Cellaring potential: Five years from vintage | Serving temperature: 12 – 14
Springbok carpaccio with balsamic reduction | Aubergine lasagne | White chocolate truffles