Kaaimansgat Vineyard, Elandskloof Valley, Villiersdorp. The soil is of shale origin with a significant portion of granite in the topsoil and clay throughout. This vineyard lies at 700m 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.
A year with great ripening conditions for this specific location. Winds during set, led to extremely tiny berries and thus the resulting wine has a high grape to juice ratio. There is great intensity without weight. The tannin is medium grain and is supported by a lovely fresh acidity, which brings the desired tension.
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 cherry, forest bramble, rose hip, earthy aromatics, cocoa, typical and unique orange rind character imparted by the vineyard site.
Descriptors of the flavour & palate:
Red and black cherry fruit, umami, roasted chestnuts, velvety medium grained tannins, balanced acidity and the wine will gather further complexity with age.
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.
Baked goats cheese crotin, French cuisine, North Indian mild curries, Asian-style dishes, fish, red meat stews, poultry and especially duck.
Drink: 2021 – 2031