SAURWEIN Om Pinot Noir - Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, Walker Bay, Hermanus 2021 Bottle 13.5%abv
Red Still Wine | South Africa | Hemel-en-Aarde Valley | 75cl
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Closure Type: Cork
Country: South Africa
Region: Hemel-en-Aarde Valley
Wine Style: Medium Bodied
Grape: Pinot Noir
Om symbolises the concept of universal creation. This word is also synonymous with peace. The vineyard is situated in the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge region (Heaven and Earth), a beautiful and peaceful place close to my heart. May this wine carry forward the peace that its place of creation inspires.
Place of the Gods Farm, Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, Walker Bay, Hermanus. This dryland vineyard is situated just 12 km from the sea and lies at 300 m above sea-level. The soils are granite origin with a significant portion of clay. Pinot noir clones are 115 and 667. The vineyard was planted in 2006.
It was a late vintage, with great ripening conditions and very healthy fruit. The wine was picked in two batches from two vineyard sites just 100 meters from eachother. The resultant wine from these two sites is energetic, concentrated and has a great fresh acidity and beautiful ageing potential.
Grapes are hand-picked, hand-sorted, grapes are cold-soaked, fermentation is spontaneous, post-fermentation maceration is complete when the tannins are optimal, and the wine matured for 10 months in 228 liter French oak barrels (new and older).
Red berry fruit, strawberries, red and black cherries, plums, exotic spices, velvety tannins, crisp acidity, medium-bodied. Drink: 2021 – 2035.
Ideal with French cuisine, refined Asian and African cuisine, savoury vegetarian dishes with aubergine or beetroot, Jerusalem artichoke, fish, poultry, duck, red meat
94/100 points, Christian Eedes, Winemag.com
"Alluring aromatics of red cherry and wild strawberry plus hints of fynbos, cured meat and white pepper. Good fruit expression, well integrated acidity and fine tannins – relatively low in alcohol (13.3%) but not entirely without weight or texture, the finish gently savoury. Understated and slow to reveal itself."
93/100 points, Tim Atkin MW, Drink: 2022-27
"Now in its fourth vintage, Jessica Saurwein's impressive Pinot Noir is made with grapes from Domaine des Dieux on the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge. Light, pale, elegant and refined, it's a South African Chambolle-Musigny style, with rose petal and raspberry coulis notes, granular tannins and some spices from 15% whole bunches."