This our Pinot Noir from vines situated in the newly declared ward of Hemel en Aarde Ridge. This wine shows cool climate poise and elegance with an earthy and bright fruit character.
Origin Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge
Whether a mythically pagan goddess of feminine power as Isis, or the popular Catholic depiction of the Virgin Mary with a darker complexion as found as statues or paintings around the world, the Black Madonna or Black Virgin is an apt name for our maiden Pinot Noir.
Planted to Argillaceous Shale of the Bokkeveld Series
Vertical Shoot Positioning (Perold)
Age of Vines
4 – 7 years
Vines per hectare
5500 – 7000
113, 114, 115, 667 and 777
2 – 5 tons/ha (13 – 33 hl/ha)
1000 cases of 6 x 750ml bottles
The Pinot Noirplanted 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.
The grapes were harvested in eight batches by hand enjoying cool early morning temperatures. After overnight cold storage they weresorted, destemmed and gently crushed into red ferment tanks. A 35% portion was fermented whole bunch in the tank. Cold maceration occurred for 7 days. 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 Barriques (30% new 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.
|Alcohol by volume||Total Acidity||pH||Volatile Acid||Residual Sugar|
|13.4%||5.5 g/L||3.54||0.8 g/L||1.55 g/L|
This vintage expresses the typical earthy and savoury aroma of this fine Burgundy variety and is backed by a red fruit character. A greater selection clones and blocks during picking and older elements in the blend shows a darker and more textured style in bottle from previous vintages. Delicate tannins and an elegant mineral core will see this wine drinking well on release and developing for at least 5 years. Enjoy this wine with mushroom risotto, roast game, cream-based pasta and hard cheese platters.