Selected from 3 clones of Pinot Noir with an average age of 21 years old, situated on loamy gravel topsoil with clay sub-soil.The vineyards are located at the highest point on the Estate (85-120m) with South facing aspect to benefit from the cool, maritime breeze from False Bay. 30% vendage vert (green harvesting cluster removal) at 60% veraison to ensure concentration and even ripening.
Grapes handpicked and selected in the coolness of morning before partial de-stemming and crushing.
About 20% whole bunch ere used in the fermentation in small stainless steel cuvees with regular pigeage for gentle extraction. Partial un-innoculated fermentation before pressing directly into French oak tight grained Hogsheads for malo-lactic fermentation. After racking, the wine was matured in 50% new Allier Hogsheads and 50% second fill Hogsheads for 11 months before bottling.
Winemaker – Chris Williams
Main Variety – Pinot Noir
Alcohol – 12.4 %vol
pH – 3.64
RS – 2.2 g/l
Total Acid – 5.4 g/l
Appellation – Stellenbosch
Up to 5 years, provided wine is stored in ideal cellar conditions.