The Pinot Noir vineyards are situated in the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley appellation and planted on distinctive soils comprising of
Table Mountain sandstone and decomposed granite. The 2019 vintage yielded small compact bunches with a low juice-to-skin ratio, adding richness without overtly ripe fruit. The resultant wine displays fresh fruit flavours, concentration and energetic acidity.
Our Pinot Noir was picked and sorted into small lug boxes and transported in refrigerated trucks to our winery in Franschhoek. At
the winery, a careful triage (selection process) took place, to ensure that only healthy whole berries were transferred into concrete
fermentation tanks. Most of the grapes were destemmed, leaving a whole-cluster component of about 25% with no additions being
made. After spontaneous fermentation, we transferred 60% of the juice to Stockinger 2,500L Fourdre, and 40% to new French Oak
barriques for elevage of up to 15 months, including a prolonged malolactic fermentation under low temperatures.