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"You have only so many bottles in your life, never drink a bad one"

Len Evans

Lothian Vineyards Pinot Noir 2015

Tasting Note: Good bright ruby red colour, hints at a wine with good acid and pH. Colour shows a short gradation to a thin pale rim. Cooling nose.
Camphor and eucalypt on the nose moves quickly to hot cross buns, bread & butter pudding. On standing develops the complexity of angostura bitters and dark chocolate powder. Sweet entry, fruit noticeable but quickly transitions to a more savoury character. No harsh tannins. Drinkable now, but has all the elements in place to benefit from laying down for a year or two.
Pinot Noir 2015 

The 2013 vintage Pinot Noir comes from a 2.25ha vineyard planted to two different clones. Hand harvested, gently crushed, fermented in open fermenters for a period of ten days, utilising ambient yeasts and manual pigeage to coax both flavour and colour from the fruit. The must is lightly pressed, racked off into French oak barrique (20% new) and malo-lactic fermentation occurs in barrique. The wine was barrel matured for a period of eleven months and lightly filtered prior to bottling to maintain the wines integrity and subtle Pinot flavour spectrum.

Vine Clones: 115 and 777 on R110 rootstock
Block: Grapes are hand harvested from 4 selected East and North facing blocks
Soil: Table mountain sandstone with 10% clay
Balling at Harvest: 23.5
Coopers: Tonnellerie Berger, Bordelaise, & Vicard Tight grain with medium toast 228 litre barrels
Maturation: 11 months in 20% new wood
Analysis: Alcohol 13.5% Vol
Sugar 1.2 g/lt
Total Acidity 5.7 g/lt
PH 3.48
Packaging: Cases of 12 x 750 ml bottles
Price: ZAR TBA per bottle (ZAR TBA per case)
Awards: Silver - Decanter , IWC
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