ELGIN VINTNERS PINOT NOIR
WINE OF ORIGIN ELGIN
TERROIR & VITICULTURE
This is a cool area, situated 12-20 km from the sea, with mean February (ripening stage) temperatures of 19-20°C. Soils are predominantly ferruginous (iron rich) gravel on highly weathered, soft Bokkeveld Group shale,situated at 200-300 m altitude and surrounded by Table Mountain sandstone mountains at heights of about 500-1 000m, sheltering
the area from the often extremely strong south-easterly winds in summer. Our vineyards planted with 3 different clones comprising – 60% Clone PN115; 32% Clone PN777; 8% Clone PN113.
70% of the hand harvested grapes were destemmed and 30% left as whole bunches. Fermented in both open top fermenters with punch downs and closed steel tanks with regular pump overs for a period of 18 days until dry. The wine was then gently pressed to 225 lit French
oak barriques of which 22% were new wood and allowed 10 months maturation in oak. Malolactic inoculated and complete before winter remaining on the fine lees for the duration of the barrel maturation.
Clear, bright garnet in colour with plush aromas of red cherries, strawberries, some fine herbal notes and a hint of tobacco on the nose. Fruit forward, generous red cherries and a touch of earthiness follows on the palate. This wine reveals a complex and well-rounded mouthfeel with
a persistent, lingering and smooth finish. The judicious use of 22% new oak respects the balance between fruit and tannin.