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Nom Pinot noir 2019

– five barrels produced by winemaker Jessica Saurwein


Grape origin:

Kaaimansgat Vineyard, Elandskloof Valley, Villiersdorp.
The soil is shale origin with a significant portion of granite in the topsoil and clay throughout. This vineyard lies at 700 m above sea-level and is surrounded by tall mountains, making for a unique terroir ideal for the optimal ripening of this cultivar. Pinot noir clones 115, 667 & 777. The vineyard was planted in 2008.


Vintage 2019:

This was another dry vintage in the Cape, leading to tiny grapes and wines with a high grape to juice ratio

+intensity of fruit and tannin +integrated acidity


Winemaking:

Grapes are hand-picked, hand-sorted, grapes are cold-soaked, fermentation is spontaneous, post-fermentation maceration is complete when the tannins are optimal, minimum of 10 months in 228 liter French oak barrels (new and older)


Descriptors of the nose:

Red and black cherry, rose hip, earthy savoury aromatics, cocoa, typical and unique orange rind character imparted by the vineyard site


Descriptors of the flavour & palate:

Red and black cherry fruit, hibiscus, umami, roasted chestnuts, velvety tannins, balanced acidity


The story:

Nom stands for nombulelo (gratitude in “Xhosa”) and Nomkhubulwane (a forgotten African goddess of agriculture). Situated at 700m altitude, the vineyard is a place where gratitude is instilled and tales appear.


Ideal Cuisine:

Baked goats cheese crotin, French cuisine, North Indian mild curries, Asian-style dishes, fish, red meat stews, poultry and especially duck


Drink: 2020 – 2030


Alcohol: 13,5%

 

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