2009 Meerlust Pinot Noir
Stellenbosch, South Africa
Wonderful nose of dark red fruits with whiffs of earth and minerals. The palate shows dried fruit flavors, minerals, a touch of wood, and wonderful fine balancing tannins. Everything about this wine is deliciously deft.
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"Intense yet translucent ruby-purple in colour. The nose has lifted scents of summer fruit, red cherry, strawberry, musky perfume and a distinct minerality. The palate is medium bodied with pure Pinot Noir fruit flavours of plum and red cherry supported by an ultra-fine, densely textured tannin structure which adds to the volume and vivacity of the wine. Aging potential up to ten years."
"Grapes hand picked and selected in the coolness of morning before partial crushing. Fermentation in small stainless steel cuvees with regular pigeage for gentle extraction. Partial un-innoculated fermentation before pressing directly in French oak tight grained Hogsheads for malo-lactic fermentation. After racking, the wine was matured in 70% new Alliers Hogsheads and 30% second fill Hogsheads for 11 months before bottling. 13.5% alc."
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