Robertson, South Africa
This Pinot Noir was planted in 1997 on a rock infested outcrop, too steep for tractors or other implements, so all the tending needs to be done by hand. The extreme density of 9000 vines per hectare and the scarcity of soil between the abundant rocks results in a vineyard yielding only a few bunches per year.
Pinot, 10 year old vines
Slope: Very gentle, southerly
Soil: Extremely rocky: 70% quartz, 30% solubles
Climate: Moderate summer with low night temperatures, cold winter
Wind: South Easterly (summer)
Yield – 3 tons/hectare
Maturation – 12 months in old barrels
Bottling – No fining; no filtration.
Acidity 5,9 g/L
RS 2,64 g/ L
FSO₂: 40mg at bottling