Matthew Van Heerden, Pinot Noir, Elgin, South Africa, 2018
Matthew van Heerden comes from a long line of farmers in KwaZulu-Natal but moved to the Western Cape to study winemaking at Elsenburg and has since racked up more than fifteen vintages including stints as the winemaker at both Uva Mira in Stellenbosch as well as Iona in Elgin. In 2006, the IWSC named Matthew in the top 10 winemakers in the world and in 2011, he was named South African Young Winemaker of the Year. It is the cooler climes that have captivated him most, and he has perhaps the greatest experience of Elgin of any of the younger new wave of winemakers in South Africa.
This cool-climate Pinot Noir is hand-harvested early morning to preserve freshness in the grapes, which are gently pressed and fermented whole bunch, avoiding excessive oaking. Low-yielding vines give small bunches of flavoursome berries, giving a wine with perfumed notes of cherry, strawberry and raspberry that’s complex, silky and with fine tannins.
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