Our Walker Bay Pinot Noir is the shadow of our best vineyards, bearing perhaps not the same gravitas, but a level of quality and personality from Pinot Noir that is typically the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. It is an Estate wine made from younger vines and vineyards on the lower slopes. Over a decade of farming these vineyards ha ve guided us in terms of their individual strengths and limitations. The younger vines are from vineyards that could in time provide the best quality of all, however at this stage they are more preoccupied with a flirtatious, fruit assertive character with more complexity to come. The vineyards on the lower slopes grow with a little more vigour as their accessibility to water and nutrients in the soil becomes easier. Depth of flavour accumulates as you move up the slope with the decomposed Granite based soils playing the common thread between all the vineyards.
Youthful perfume with intricate spice and tertiary notes. Fresh violet petals, dark cherry and grape stem spice play with the darker, more brooding and earthy characters of wood bark and truffles. The silky tannin structure encompasses the ripe cherry succulence, with cranberries, cinnamon and gentle acidity drifting in to the finish.
The main vineyard contingent to this wine lies mostly on the south -facing, mid slopes, but includes lower parcels from the northern slope, in the porphyritic Granite soils of the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. This appellation ranges from 4 to 8 km in proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. The climate is cool and temperate, where parallel mountain ranges channel the southerly oceangoing winds through the appellation during the summer. These southerly winds in turn create regular sea mists and overcast conditions, moderating the temperatures in the valley. The annual rainfall is 850mm, with 50% falling in the winter months (May – August).
APPELLATION: Wine of Origin UPPER HEMEL-EN-AARDE VALLEY
SOIL: Decomposed granite over red clay subsoil
ASPECT: South-East, South-West & North facing. Slopes of 10-12%
TRELISSING: 7-wire Vertical Shoot Positioning (VSP) with movable wires
AGE OF VINES: 10 – 16 years
PRUNING: Cordon and Double Guyot
VINES PER Ha: 3333 – 6800
AVERAGE YIELD: 5.0 – 7.5 tons/ha (32 – 48 hl/ha)