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Grapes for the Hazendal Pinot Noir 2017 are hand-harvested in small harvest crates during the cooler early morning hours to preserve the grape flavours. Each block is harvested at optimum phenolic ripeness. This is decided by the winemaker during regular tasting visits to each vineyard block. The grapes are cooled overnights and destemmed the next morning at 5-10°C. Berries are hand-sorted on a vibrating sorting table before they are taken to a stainless steel tank where cold maceration occurs for approximately 5 days. Blocks are kept separate for fermentation and vinification. 80% of the wine was aged in 500-litre French oak barrels (30% new), while the remainder was aged in Flexcubes, for a period of 20 months before fining and bottling took place. Bottled at 13.5%. (Bottle size 750ml)
Nose: Juicy plum and raspberry with floral notes of violets and hibiscus greet the senses. Earthy notes of mushroom and pencil shavings linger.
Palate: The palate is met with fresh red berry notes that follow through from the nose. Savoury with a smoky undertone.
Finish: The tannins are fine and elegant, has a wonderful lingering earthy presence.
Hazendal is a heritage farm and wine estate in Stellenbosch. For more than three centuries Hazendal has been a widely recognised Cape Winelands landmark. Nestled in the Bottelary Hills, it has transitioned from a humble grain and livestock operation in the 17th century, into a notable wine producer and premium lifestyle estate.