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This Pinot Noir is grown on the Graaff family farm high in the continental climate of the Witzenberg mountains on the Ceres Plateau. The farm is 960 meters above sea level, making it one of the highest altitude vineyards in South Africa. Luscious red cherry, blackberry and pine needle notes pair with a long and velvety finish.

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  • South Africa    Ceres Plateau
  • 100%
    Pinot Noir
     
  • Alcohol
      14.0%
  • Certified sustainable
  • Oak
      12 months in French oak
  • Production
      1,000 cases
  • Residual sugar
      2.4 g/l
  • Vegan
  • Award
      89 points, Wine Enthusiast (2018 vintage)
  • Award
      93 points, Platter's South African Wine Guide (2018 vintage)

30% of the hand-picked harvested batch was destalked while the remaining 70% was whole-bunch fermented. Before fermentation, cold maceration was allowed for 4 days. The juice was inoculated with yeast and the fermenting must gently punched down twice a day using the aerated pump-overmethod. This ensures a longer fermentation period resulting in more color and flavor development. Following a gentle basket pressing, the wine was transferred to new French Oak barrels for malolactic fermentation before being transferred to a combination of older barrelsto mature for 13months.