The Affair Pinot Noir 2016
La Vierge The Affair Pinot Noir 2014 – Veritas Gold winner
Decanter Worldwide Competition | Silver (92 Points)
Tim Atkin | 91
Sommeliers Selection | Selected
Michelangelo | Silver
Veritas | Bronze
The Affair Pinot Noir is a refined style of Pinot Noir showcasing the love affair between the soft, feminine side of Pinot, being the floral notes, hints of spice and silkiness; and the masculine linear strength of the tannins, hints of oak and brooding dark forest floor aromas. The palate is both silky and textured, displaying a lovely roundness as well as soft, integrated tannins and length.
100% Pinot Noir
Enjoy this wine with tapas snacks, cheese and light meals with friends and good times. To show her true delicate nature, served slightly chilled.
In The Vineyard
Origin: Hemel-en-Aarde RidgeSoil Type: Planted to Shale of the Bokkeveld Series
Aspect: North, North West and South East
Trellising System: Vertical Shoot Positioning (Perold)
Age of Vines: 3 – 7 years
Vines per hectare: 5500 – 7000
Climate: The Pinot Noir planted on our farm in the new ward of Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, 10km in proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. The climate being “temperate” in style, where the southerly maritime winds blow through the appellations during the summer. These winds in turn bring regular sea mists and overcast conditions to the areas and with it more even temperatures. The average temperature is 19° C and rainfall, approximately, 750mm per year.
About The Harvest
The grapes were harvested in six batches, by hand, enjoying cool early morning temperatures.
Average Yield: 2 – 4 tons/ha (13 – 26 hl/ha)
In The Cellar
After overnight cold storage they were sorted, destemmed and gently crushed into red ferment tanks. Cold maceration occurred for an average of 3 days until spontaneous fermenation took place. The wine was then fermented under controlled temperatures until dry. The skins were then lightly pressed and the wine racked into a selection of French Oak barrels for 9 months ageing and maturation. Final blending occurred one month prior to bottling and the wine was allowed to develop further in bottle prior to release.