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THE VINEYARD AND SOIL
This wine originates from one of the highest laying vineyards in the Breede River Valley halfway up the Langeberg Mountains behind the village of Ashton. This small Pinot Noir vineyard is rooted in Weathered Karoo shale and even in summer is sometimes covered in clouds.

WINE MAKING
The grapes were harvested fully ripe by hand in the cool early morning end February, destemmed by hand and received a cold maceration for one week before fermentation.

After fermentation, half the wine was put in 2nd and 3rd fill French oak barrels and the balance kept in tank where it underwent malolactic fermentation. 12 months later the components were blended together and bottled.

TASTING NOTES
Alluring nose showing red cherries and forest floor notes, following though with a rich and full palate possessing a core of dark fruit with soft fruity tannins.

Alcohol
:
14.5%
Acidity
:
6.4 g/l
pH
:
3.3
Sugar
:
2.2 g/l
Free Sulphur
:
31
Total Sulphur
:
81

* * * * Platter Guide 2010