The Robertson Wine Valley way back when was known for its sweet wines. Today, the reds wines, the whites and the MCC sparklers, all win awards on the local and international stage.
We think of Robertson as a warm place, it certainly has sunny summers, but interestingly there is a fresh southerly breeze from the Agulhas coast which ameliorates summer heat in the vineyards and allows the grapes to ripen slowly and evenly and in perfect balance. Nights are chilly and during summer months a mist often shrouds the vineyards until late morning. The dry climate keeps vineyard pests to a minimum.
Once the grapes for the De Wetshof Nature in Concert Pinot Noir 2010 are brought into the cellar, they are destalked, cooled down and taken to stainless steel tanks for a few days’ cold-soaking on the skins before fermentation starts. The wine ferments on the skins until dry, and after racking and pressing the young wines are moved into French oak barrels specially selected by Monsieur Christian Radoux for 12 – 15 months. The wood is selected to support the Pinot Noir’s fresh fruity aromas and flavours through the process of malolactic fermentation. The wine is racked off the lees into barrels for further maturation before being prepared for bottling.
Bottled under natural cork closure in a Burgundy Shaped Bottle with an elegant minimalistic label. In the glass, an almost translucent plum red which pales out to garnet at the edges. Red cherries and berries, petrichor whiffs. Hazelnuts I undertow on the sumptuous mid palate. Velvet tannins and refreshing fruit on the gently tapering finish.
Alida Ryder’s Aubergine Tomato & Mushroom Bake
Click here for her recipe
This could be interesting. It is the wine of Coq au Vin and Beef Bourguignon. Chilled it could be the wine of seared tuna, a gently spiced Kerala curry or a simple well flavoured vegetarian mid-week supper dish.
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