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From Pinot Noir specialists Bouchard Finlayson, this one-off cuvée is from the 2014 vintage; atypical for the region, with unseasonal wet weather.
A charming wine with pretty floral aromas and an expressive and complex fruit development on the palate. More strawberry than dark fruit, but lots of plum with spicy cherry notes which are expanded through the impact of the carefully selected French Oak barrels.
|When to Drink||Now|
|Region||Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Walker Bay|
|Volume||75cl (Full Bottle)|
Thankfully not all vintages are the same, and 2014 certainly proved to be different. The summer season was wet and challenging with a great deal of attention needed to protecting the vines from the resultant impact of the troublesome weather. Fortunately even the tough vintages in South Africa are respectable in comparison to the tough vintages in Pinot Noir’s traditional homeland! Just prior to harvest, three weeks of sun was a cause for celebration, allowing the vines to ripen, which, combined with careful grape selection, has ended up producing a great quality, aromatic wine.
Careful sorting and selection of grapes was important to achieve clean fermentations. Cold soaking prior to yeast inoculation helped to extract convincing colour in closed stainless steel fermentation tanks. After pressing, the wine was allowed to follow the natural process of malolactic fermentation in imported French oak barrels which further enhanced the body and structure of the wine. Only the best portions were selected for the final cuvée.
A World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Conservation Champion and accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.
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