Lothian Vineyards Pinot Noir 2017

Tasting Note:

The wine has a medium colour intensity of Ruby red.

The nose is delicate and hints of dark cherries and musk sweets. There is a spice contribution from the wood of cinnamon and star anise. Savoury notes of the oregano, basil and bay leaf found in a bolognaise sauce round off the bouquet.

The first taste impression is of the silkiness and fineness of the tannins. All the elements of the bouquet persist. The balanced wooding, the gentle handling of the grapes during the ferment, shows in the quality of the tannin profile. It is fine-grained but lends a strength and presence to the wine not apparent from the entry.

2017 Pinot Noir 

The 2017 vintage Pinot Noir comes from a 3.25ha vineyard planted to two different clones. Hand harvested, destemmed, fermented in open fermenters for a period of ten days, utilising ambient yeasts and delestage to coax both flavour and colour from the fruit. The must was 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 deliicate Pinot flavour spectrum.

Winemaker: Richard Kerhshaw MW
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 2.7 g/lt
Total Acidity 5.0 g/lt
PH 3.6
Packaging: Cases of 12 x 750 ml bottles
Price: ZAR 220 per bottle (ZAR 2640.00 per case)
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