Origin: Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge
Soil Type: Planted to Shale of the Bokkeveld Series
Aspect: North West
Trellising System: Vertical Shoot Positioning (Perold)
Age of Vines: 8 – 10 years
Vines per hectare: 5,400 – 6,750
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.
The grapes were harvested in 3 batches by hand enjoying cool early morning temperatures.
Average Yield: 5 -7 tons/ha
Production: 2185 cases of 6 x 750ml bottles
After overnight cold storage they were sorted, destemmed and gently crushed into red ferment tanks. Cold maceration occurred for an average of 3 days after which the cooling was turned off and the juice was inoculated with a Burgundian yeast strain. 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, 25% of which were new. Final blending occurred one month prior to bottling and the wine was allowed to develop further in bottle prior to release.