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Pinot Noir, Donkiesbaai

The grapes for Donkiesbaai's Pinot Noir come from the highest block of Pinot Noir in South Africa, high on the Witzenberg Mountain range.

Red and black cherries, strawberries and rosehips are concentrated on the nose. On the palate, a serious edge is added to the intense, ripe red fruit by fine tannins, savoury cedar spice, toast and notes of nutmeg. Fresh acidity carries the wine, and the intensity of fruit lingers on the finish in a pleasant combination of cherry and savoury spice.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.1 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

3.2 g/L

pH

3.41

ACIDITY

5.8 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

VARIETY

Pinot Noir

FINED USING

Gelatine

TIME IN OAK

14 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Ceres Plateau

VEGETARIAN

No

VEGAN

No

Vinification details

Bunches were destemmed and fermented as whole berries. Gentle punch downs and pump overs were performed towards the end of fermentation. Maturation took place in seasoned 300L French oak barrels for 14 months.

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Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

 

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Structured, deeply coloured and quite serious...

Tim Atkin MW

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Pinot Noir, Donkiesbaai

The grapes for Donkiesbaai's Pinot Noir come from the highest block of Pinot Noir in South Africa, high on the Witzenberg Mountain range.

Pomegranate red in the glass. Elegant burned red cherry and rich berry aromas are prominent on the initial impression, with a subtle freshness that is backed up by an earthiness with hints of rose Turkish delight that add to the complexity of the nose. The rich berry and burnt cherry aromas follow through on to the palate, with a fresh, vibrant character that creates an elegant, juicy finish.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.2 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.2 g/L

pH

3.45

ACIDITY

6.1 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Roelof Lotriet

VARIETY

Pinot Noir

TIME IN OAK

12 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Ceres Plateau

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vinification details

The grapes are de-stemmed, crushed, and fermented in open top stainless fermenters. Very gentle manual punch downs were performed four times per day, thereafter the wine was put into old 300 litre French oak barrels for 12 months. The wine was then bottled and left for 3 months before being released.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 91 pts

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

 

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... especially impressive given the young age of the vines.

Tim Atkin MW

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Pinot Noir, Donkiesbaai

The grapes for Donkiesbaai's Pinot Noir come from the highest block of Pinot Noir in South Africa, high on the Witzenberg Mountain range.

Pomegranate red in the glass. Elegant burned red cherry and rich berry aromas are prominent on the initial impression, with a subtle freshness that is backed up by an earthiness with hints of rose Turkish delight that add to the complexity of the nose. The rich berry and burnt cherry aromas follow through on to the palate, with a fresh, vibrant character that creates an elegant, juicy finish.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.3 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.3 g/L

pH

3.48

ACIDITY

5.7 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Roelof Lotriet

VARIETY

Pinot Noir

TIME IN OAK

12 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Ceres Plateau-Witzenberg

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vinification details

The grapes are de-stemmed, crushed, and fermented in open top stainless fermenters. Very gentle manual punch downs were performed four times per day, thereafter the wine was put into old 300 litre French oak barrels for 12 months. The wine was then bottled and left for 3 months before being released.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 91 pts

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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Pinot Noir, Donkiesbaai

The grapes for Donkiesbaai's Pinot Noir come from the highest block of Pinot Noir in South Africa, high on the Witzenberg Mountain range.

Light pomegranate in the glass. Elegant red cherry and strawberry aromas are prominent on the initial impression, with a subtle freshness that is backed up by earthy truffle notes that add to the complexity of the nose. The berry aromas follow through beautifully on to the palate. This wine shows a fruit dominant style, with a fresh, vibrant character that creates an elegant, juicy finish.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.4 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.3 g/L

pH

3.42

ACIDITY

6.1 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Roelof Lotriet

VARIETY

Pinot Noir

HARVEST DATE

February 2014

TIME IN OAK

12 months

SULPHUR

Total: 102 Free: 21

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Ceres Plateau-Witzenberg

Vinification details

The grapes are de-stemmed, crushed, and fermented in open top stainless fermenters. Very gentle manual punch downs were performed four times per day, thereafter the wine was put into old 300 litre French oak barrels for 12 months. The wine was then bottled and left for 3 months before being released.

Awards

Platter: 4.5*

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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