Tesselaarsdal, Pinot Noir 750ml 2020South Africa, Hemel-en-Aarde
Notes on the 2019 vintage:
'Matured for nine and a half months in 228-litre barrels, 35% new. The nose shows red and black berries, rose and an intriguing herbal note. Good definition and structure – juicy fruit, bright acidity and fine tannins, the finish nicely savoury.' – Winemag Prescient Pinot Noir Report 2020, Top 10
'2019 was a tricky vintage in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, although the Ridge escaped the fires. This has less texture and weight than previous releases, but is still a complex Pinot from Berene Sauls, using 24% new oak and amphora components to add complexity to this forward, juicy, savoury red. Fresh and light, with appealing delicacy. Drink 2022-25.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2020, 92/100
'Lovely 2019 typifies cool-climate SA pinot in its lifted wild-berry & redcurrant fruit profile, modest 13% alcohol, bright acidity & minerality. Spice & savoury nuances from ±9 months French oak, 35% new. Dryland vines, 10% wholebunch ferment. Just 600 cases intended for long ageing.' – Platter's Guide, 4.5* (91/100)
|Technical analysis||RS: 1.9 g/L | TA: 5.5 g/L | PH: 3.45|
|Blend information||100% Pinot Noir|
|Drink to||Drink or cellar|
|Producer information||Tesselaarsdal is a label belonging to longstanding Hamilton Russell Vineyard’s employee Berene Sauls. After joining Hamilton Russell Vineyards in 2001, her interest in wine making, harvesting and wine culture grew. She was then given the opportunity to produce her own wine, with her first wine being a 2015 Pinot Noir made by winemaker Emul Ross.|
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