Talking to James McKenzie, owner of Nabygelegen Estate, we spoke of how much earlier the harvest seems to be this year all over the winelands. James told me that in the 12 years he has been on the estate he has never started his harvest before January 28th. This year he started on January 14th. He spoke to his viticultural consultant about this and it appears that as a result of three excellent winters behind us with lots of cold weather and rain, vines have had a good rest and the cold has driven a number of pests away. August 2014 was a more warm than normal one which started the whole progress from pruned vine to harvest earlier than normal. Interesting stuff.
Snow Mountain is a range of wines produced by James on Nabygelegen Estate and named for Sneeuberg which stand proud to the west of the estate and is often covered by snow in the winter.
The Snow Mountain The Mistress 2014 is an unwooded Pinot Noir made for early drinking. The grapes were cold soaked over a long period before undergoing fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Regular aerated pump-overs took place for colour and flavour extraction, Pinot Noir is not a grape that gives up its colour or tannins easily or willingly. After the wine was racked and pressed it underwent malolactic fermentation and further maturation in stainless steel tanks. A component of the wine spent time in previously filled French oak barrels.
It looks like: Gem bright, translucent cherry red paling to delicate crimson pink at the edge of the glass.
It smells like: Waves of red berry and cherry fruit, whispers of oak.
It tastes like: This is a delicate fruit Pinot. Gentle mouthfeel with an undertow of forest floor after rain. Chill it for about half an hour before drinking. Great as a glass on its own and just made for food.
It’s good with: Strangely enough, although it is a delicate wine, it loves food. Tracy Foulkes of NoMU Foods offers a great recipe of Asian Pork Belly Kebabs with Sticky Plum Sauce Glaze. CLICK HERE for her recipe.
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