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Benguela Cove Pinot Noir 2019

Benguela Cove Pinot Noir 2019

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2019 Benguela Cove Pinot Noir

Upfront red fruit sets the stage for more subdued nuances of mulberry, rosehip and violets to follow suit. As it matures, this wine will unveil a more savoury play of bay leaf and thyme, hinting towards an Old World style. Pruned, sappy rosebush notes are indicative of youth with elegant floral notes that carry through. Fruit sweetness hits the back of the palate with porcelain-like tannins that will chisel this into a serious and powerful wine to be.

Winemaking Notes
Grapes were handpicked at optimal potential, followed by bunch and berry sorting. A four-day cold soak encouraged maximum fruit and colour extraction. The 10% whole bunches with the balance being whole berries were inoculated, followed by gentle punch-downs twice a day. After alcoholic fermentation, it was pressed, settled and transferred to barrel for malolactic fermentation where it was kept until prior to bottling.

Cellaring potential: Five years from vintage | Serving temperature: 12 – 14°C
Maturation: 10 months; 30% new French oak barrels | Production: 11 barrels

Growing Conditions
Doused with all the privileges of a cool climate, Walker Bay is synonymous with outstanding South African Pinot Noir. Nudged by the Bot River Lagoon with vistas of the Atlantic Ocean, the vineyards enjoy cool daytime temperatures that drop even more at night. A beneficial diurnal range aids in even ripening and complexity, ushering the development of delicate fruit notes, fine tannin structure and bright acidity. Maritime winds encourage healthy vines that need minimal intervention.
Slope: south and south-west facing vineyards | Soil: predominantly weathered shale, clay and iron laterites | Clones: PN115 & PN777
Elegant yet powerful, this wine invites both savoury and sweet dishes.

Food Pairing

Creamy Gorgonzola | French onion soup | wild mushroom risotto | white chocolate soufflé. Elegant yet powerful, this wine invites both savoury and sweet dishes.

  • Cellaring potential: Five years from vintage 
  • Serving temperature: 12 – 14°C
  • Varieties Pinot Noir
  • Vintage 2019
  • Country South Africa
  • Region Walker Bay
  • Alcohol 13%
  • Bottle size 750 mL