RIDGELANDS PINOT NOIR
Wine of Origin Elgin
Our Ridgelands range of wines are domain and vineyard specific.
Carefully selected to express a true sense of place.
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.
Delivered in 18 kg lug boxes at 16° C, these Pinot Noir grapes were hand sorted. 30% whole bunch whilst the rest were destemmed. Fermentation in open top fermenters with gentle punch-downs twice per day. The grapes were then gently pressed and added to traditional
Burgundian 228 L oak barrels (one third new wood) where the wine spent 11 months prior to filtering and bottling