Saurwein Nom Pinot Noir 2020

Saurwein Nom Pinot Noir 2020

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Nom stands for nombulelo (gratitude in Xhosa) and Nomkhubulwane (a forgotten African goddess of agriculture). Situated at 700m altitude, the vineyard is a place where gratitude is instilled and tales appear. Grapes were harvested from the 2008 Kaaimansgat vineyard in Elandskloof Valley, Villiersdorp. The soil is shale origin with a significant portion of granite in the topsoil and clay throughout. This vineyard lies at 700m above sea-level and is surrounded by tall mountains, making for a unique terroir ideal for the optimal ripening of this cultivar. Pinot Noir clones 115, 667 and 777.  Grapes are hand-picked, hand-sorted, grapes are cold-soaked, fermentation is spontaneous, post-fermentation maceration is complete when the tannins are optimal, and the wine matured for 10 months in 228-litre French oak barrels (new and older). Bottled at 14.5%. (Bottle size 750ml)

Nose: Red cherry, forest bramble, rose hip, earthy aromatics, cocoa, typical and unique orange rind character imparted by the vineyard site.

Palate: Red and black cherry fruit on entry. Mid-palate reveals more umami flavours with hints of roasted chestnuts and a velvety medium body.

Finish: Soft tannins, balanced acidity and the wine will gather further complexity with age.

Saurwein Nom Pinot Noir 2020