Saurwein, Om Pinot Noir 750ml 2019South Africa, Hemel-en-Aarde
'Om symbolises the concept of universal creation. This word is also synonymous with peace. The vineyards are situated in the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge region (Heaven and Earth), a beautiful and peaceful place close to my heart.' – Jessica Saurwein, Winemaker
'The Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge may be the youngest of the valley's three wards in terms of vineyard age, but it's producing increasingly impressive wines. This stony, sappy, savoury Pinot Noir, deftly wooded in 25% new barrels, has floral top notes, fresh acidity and subtle red cherry and pomegranate fruit. Drink 2021-27.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2020, 93/100
'2019 was another dry vintage in the Cape, leading to tiny grapes and wines with a high grape to juice ratio. Grapes are hand-picked, hand-sorted, grapes are cold-soaked, fermentation is spontaneous, post-fermentation maceration is complete when the tannins are optimal, minimum of 10 months in 228L French oak barrels (new and older). On the nose: red forest berry and bramble berry fruit, red cherries, rose perfume, fragrant sumac and cumin spice. On the palate: red forest fruit, beetroot earthiness, fresh hibiscus, fruit-coated tannin and crisp acidity, medium-bodied.' – Jessica Saurwein, Winemaker
Place of the Gods Farm, Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, Walker Bay, Hermanus. This dryland vineyard is situated just 12 km from the sea and lies at 300 m above sea-level. The soils are granite origin with a significant portion of clay.
Winemaker Jessica Saurwein followed in her family’s winemaking footsteps by creating her own wine brand, Saurwein. Her family’s winemaking history dates back to the 17th century, where her ancestors made ‘sour’ wine for the Emperor of Austria. Jessica focuses on Pinot Noir and Riesling, producing 3 different wines under her label. One wine produced from the Elandskloof Valley, one from the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge region, and one from the Elgin Valley.
|Blend information||100% Pinot Noir|
|Drink to||Drink or cellar|
|Producer information||Winemaker Jessica Saurwein followed in her family's winemaking footsteps by creating her own wine brand, Saurwein. Her family's winemaking history dates back to the 17th century, where her ancestors made 'sour' wine for the Emperor of Austria. Jessica focuses on Pinot Noir and Riesling, producing 3 different wines under her label. One wine produced from the Elandskloof Valley, one from the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge region, and one from the Elgin Valley.|
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