Nestled in the heart of the Elgin Valley, Spioenkop Wines was established in 2008 with Koen Roose as winemaker. With several awards and accolades under their belt, Spioenkop produces wines that have finesse, balance, and purity, with the idiosyncratic character of the winemaker flowing through every bottle.
Coastal Region,South Africa,
Bottle size: 750 ml,
In The Cellar
Hand-picked grapes in small 18 kg boxes, one night in the cool store (3°C) and than destemmed – 20% whole bunch. Six days cold soak in our red fermenter, followed by spontaneous wild yeast fermentation. After fermentation, the grape-skins were slowly pressed in a stainless steel basket press (JLB 5). Nature malolactic fermentation in 500L barrels. Barrel ageing with two rackings, for 10 months – no fining, no sulpher and no filtering. 10 months on his nature fine lees (30% new wood).
"While Koen Roose’s Chenin Blancs and Pinotages might be more famous among consumers, his execution with this top Elgin Pinot Noir really impresses making this wine a particular success for the vintage. The nose shows lovely wafts of bright tart crunchy red and blue berry fruits with aromatic hints of sweet rose petals, orange rind, savoury bresaola and warming exotic Christmas spices. The palate is electric and vibrant with a beautiful acid tension that resonates across the palate from the first sip. Medium bodied, crunchy and focused with satin tannins, the finish is super charged with yet more mouth-watering tart red cherry rock candy and blue berry nuances on the concentrated finish. This is a thrilling wine that will most certainly appeal to lovers of Burgundy’s Cotes de Nuits reds but Morey St Denis in particular. Drink this now and over the next 5 to 8 years." - Greg Sherwood MW.
|Cultivar Description:||100% Pinot Noir|