The grapes for the Peter Falke PF Pinot Noir 2016 are grown on Groenvlei Farm on the Annandale Road in the foothills of the Helderberg in the Stellenbosch wine appellation, well known for the production of fine red wines. The cooling influences of the breezes off False Bay ameliorate summer heat in the vineyards which allows for slower ripening and bigger flavours in the resulting wines.
Werner Schrenk, the General Manager and Winemaker keeps his vineyards in immaculate condition so that at harvesting time careful bunch sorting takes place in the vineyard before the grapes reach the cellar. Once there, a berry sorting takes place to remove any excess stems, leaves and raisined berries to ensure that only the best berries go through to the winemaking process.
Whole berry fermentation takes places in wooden vats where regular punch downs and pump overs ensure a soft tannin structure. The wine is aged in 225 litre French Oak barrels for 14 months.
It looks like
Bottled in a Burgundy shaped bottle with purple and silver livery. In the glass, the wine is a deeper colour than some Pinot Noirs though still a translucent dark cherry.
It smells like
Classical Pinot berries and cherries with petrichor and gentle oak spices in undertow.
It tastes like
A generosity of wild strawberries and raspberries is supported by the French Oak. Really satisfying mid palate flavours which are backed by soft and lingering tannins.
It’s good with
This is the wine of Coq au Vin and Beef Bourguignon. It makes a great glass on its own, do chill it for at least 30 minutes before serving. Nadia Graves’s Chicken with Chorizo, Potatoes, Chickpeas & Lemon is a perfect partner. Click here for her recipe.
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