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Ratings and Accolades

Nom Pinot Noir 2015

“The 2015 Nom Pinot Noir is the maiden release from trained oenologist Jessica Saurwein, whose day-job is working at Kleinood in Stellenbosch. The fruit is sourced from Kaaimansgat, Elandskloof Valley and Villiersdorp on clay-rich granite soils. Tasted on two occasions, this marks a very promising debut. This Pinot conveys a sense of brightness on the nose: bing cherries, strawberries, blood orange and a touch of vanilla. The palate is nicely balanced, quite Côte de Nuits in style with fine tannins and pretty red fruit on the finish. What it might lack in complexity it compensates with in terms of energy and harmony, two key elements of fine Pinot Noir. This is well worth seeking out, though just three barrels were produced. I look forward to more!” – 92/100 points, by Neal Martin

Nom Pinot Noir 2016

Nom Pinot noir rated as one of the Top 50 most exciting Wines of 2018:

“Pale, delicate and scented with cool earth and soft rosehip. Mellow strawberry fruit and a dusting of fresh summer earth.” – 93/100 points by Oz Clarke

“Very pale Pinot but not in the least pale in flavour. Bursting with cherry juice, enriched with cocoa and fine herbs. Long, juicy finish. A very popular style.” – 92/100 points Sarah Jane Evans MW

“Gentle pomegranate aromas. Quite lean and tart cranberry and sour cherry fruit on the palate, with high acidity and a leafy edge. Firm, subtle and savoury.” – 90/100 points Tina Gellie

“The 2016 Nom Pinot Noir has a not dissimilar bouquet to the 2015 with vivid red cherries and wild strawberry scents, perhaps demonstrating not quite the same level of intensity (but not far off). The palate is tight as you might expect with firm tannin, a little wilder than the 2015 perhaps with darker fruit towards the wild fennel-tinged finish. This has great potential, though it clearly requires another six month to really express itself.” – 90/100 points, by Neal Martin

“Jessica Saurwein’s Pinot is now in its second vintage, made with fruit grown at 700 metres in Elandskloof. It’s a floral, delicate, appealing style that’s more Chambolle-Musigny than Pommard. Raspberry, red cherry and a hint of tomato skin, with some subtle spice from partial whole bunch fermentation. 2018-21” – 90/100 points, South African Special Report by Tim Atkin

“This Pinot Noir possesses the most clear translucent ruby red colour almost resembling a glass of cranberry juice. But what lies in the glass is far more seductive and complex than mere fruit juice! The aromatics are perfumed and beautifully lifted, slowly revealing notes of sun dried cranberries, red cherries, pithy red plum skins, bloed lemoen and a hint of dusty crushed gravel with a pinch of wood spice seasoning. The mouthfeel too shows great precision, seamless purity and finesse but not at the expense of intensity and core tension. The melange of pure crystalline red fruits follows to the palate, all delivered with great restraint and subtlety. The 2016 shows the character of the dry vintage with more core tannin structure, dry extract and mineral nuances than the lush, opulent, more fruit forward 2015 maiden release. But this is no bad thing. The wine is delicious but serious, bordering on intellectual even, and allows the drinker time to ponder its breadth and depth. The finish is super elegant, dare I say feminine?, leaving your mouth savouring the most succulent earthy red cherry, ruby grapefruit and pomegranate fruit notes on the finish. Give this wine a few more years in the cellar to unwind a little more and then drink comfortably over 10 to 12+ years.” – 92/ 100 points by Greg Sherwood MW

The Nom Pinot Noir 2016 from Jessica Saurwein is a step up on her maiden vintage 2015. From the same Kaaimansgat vineyard near Villiersdorp, it’s light but vivid in colour. On the nose, red fruit – currant and cherry – plus subtle vanilla. The palate is intensely flavoured but not weighty – focused and all of a piece. A good core of fruit, nice line of acidity and a lovely lattice work of tannins. Some white pepper on the finish adds interest. – 90/100 points by Christian Eedes

Nom Pinot Noir 2017

“Jessica Saurwein seems to grow ever more assured when it comes to the making of her Nom Pinot Noir, the 2017 being her third vintage. From Kaaimansgat grapes, the nose has a musky top note before red and black fruit, herbs and oak spice while the palate displays good fruit density, fresh acidity and fine tannins. It’s a composed, carefully made wine which carries its 14.5% alcohol well.” – 91/100 points by Christian Eedes

92/100 points, South African Special Report by Tim Atkin

91/100 points by Wine Enthusiast

Chi Riesling 2018

“Lime, green apple and a subtle herbal note on the nose. Lean in the best sense with driving acidity – lovely fruit purity before a bone-dry finish. So very focused.” – 92/100 points by Christian Eedes

90/100 points by Wine Enthusiast

93/100 points by Greg Sherwood MW