Matthew van Heerden Signature Pinot Noir 2019

Matthew van Heerden Signature Pinot Noir 2019

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Grapes were sourced from a unique cool climate single vineyard from the Elgin Valley with an average yield of 3 to 5 tons/ha. Due to prevailing drought conditions in the Cape, it led to a very small crop, the dry conditions however led to very healthy grapes with small bunches and berries. Grapes are hand-harvested into small lug boxes in the early morning to protect the fruit and preserve freshness. Pre-sorting takes places in the vineyard; followed by hand sorting of bunches in the cellar. 100% whole-bunch fermentation occurs in small open top fermenters in order to preserve fruit purity and gentle tannin extraction. This method of fermentation allows winemaker, Matthew van Heerden, to reflect more freshness, fruity and floral aromas which he feels more suits the expression of Pinot Noir in South Africa than the heavy traditional winemaking style. Wild yeast fermentation is used to showcase the terroir and complexity. Followed by gentle pressing and aged in a selection of Burgundian Coopers. A limited production of 5 barrels. Bottled at 12.5%. (Bottle size 750ml)

Nose: Intense perfumed notes of bright cherry and strawberry on the nose.

Palate: Notes of red forest fruits, sensual and silky in the mouth.

Finish: A lingering freshness and texture on the finish.  


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Matthew van Heerden Signature Pinot Noir 2019