This is a bare-bones glimpse at Windansea, the power dimension to Pinot Noir on our farm. In the stoniest and most clay rich of our granite soils, the bunches were selectively picked by the family for this small cuvée. Made without sulphur in the winemaking, it allows diverse and dynamic micro-organisms from the grape itself to fl ourish unrestrained in the fermentation. 11 months maturation, with a further six months élevage in larger oak. Unfiltered, it will improve over many years in bottle.
Newton Johnson Cape Winemakers Guild Windandsea Pinot Noir 2016 Upper Hemel en Aarde Valley, South Africa
Picked for this cuvee, looking for healthy grapes and ripeness. Bunch selection. Two barrels made, one new. 40% whole bunch. Lifted aromatic red cherry fruit nose. Supple and fine on the palate with some savoury non-fruit complexity. Chunky tannins with a subtle sappiness on the finish. This is a distinctive wine with a savoury personality, and lots of potential. 94/100 (Jamie Gooede)