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Pinnacles Pinot Noir 2020 (case of 6 bottles)

R954.00

Most Hilton boys have climbed Pinnacles at some time, stamping their mark on this place. Rising up and standing guard to the merging of the Gwens and Umngeni Rivers at Junctions, some say that Pinnacles is as iconic as the school itself.

Blend Information

100% Pinot Noir

Food Suggestions

Enjoy this wine with tapas snacks, cheese and light meals with friends and good times. To show her true delicate nature, served slightly chilled.

Tasting Notes

Pinnacles Pinot Noir is a refined style of Pinot Noir, showcasing the love affair between the soft, feminine side of Pinot, being the floral notes, hints of spice and silkiness; and the masculine linear strength of the tannins, hints of oak and brooding dark forest floor aromas.

Platter’s Notes

Floral & expressive pinot noir, 2020 is fresh & silky, with violet-scented red berries, gentle earthy hints. Deftly handled oaking retains youthful exuberance.

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Enjoyment

This is a refined style of Pinot noir, showcasing all of the allure and subtle nuances that gives this grape such a mystical following. It is a wine of grace and feminine character, soft and floral on the nose with red cherry and underlying spice. It has a hint of forest floor that reminds of its Burgundian heritage.

The palate is both silky and textured, displaying a lovely roundness as well as soft, integrated tannins and length.

Technical

Grapes from seven different vineyards were harvested by hand in the cool early morning temperatures and kept overnight in cold storage. After overnight cold storage they were sorted, destemmed and gently crushed into red ferment tanks. Cold maceration occurred for an average of 3 days after which the cooling was turned off and the juice was inoculated with a Burgundian yeast strain. The wine was then fermented under controlled temperatures until dry. The skins were then lightly pressed and the wine racked into a selection of French Oak barrels (20% new barrels) for 10 months ageing and maturation. Final blending occurred one month prior to bottling and after bottling the wine was kept for a minimum of six months prior to release.

 

Analysis Alcohol by volume

Total Acidity

13.73%

5.8 g/L

pH 3.46
Volatile Acid 0.76 g/L
Residual Sugar 2.7 g/L

 

Climate

The Pinot Noir planted on our farm in the new ward of Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, 10km in proximity to the Atlantic Ocean.

The climate being “temperate” in style, where the southerly maritime winds blow through the appellations during the summer. These winds in turn bring regular sea mists and overcast conditions to the areas and with it more even temperatures. The average temperature is 19° C and rainfall, approximately, 750mm per year.