Top Drop #25, Haute Cabrière Pinot Noir Unwooded 2019, so good with Ina Paarman’s Watermelon & Feta Salad…

Haute Cabrière Pinot Noir Unwooded 2019

I remember going to the launch of the first vintage of this wine. The function was held at The Test Kitchen in the old Biscuit Factory in Salt River. Luke Dale Roberts’s food was, as it always is, Lucullan. Ambrosial stuff perfectly suited to the wine. Here we have a variety, Pinot Noir which I always think of as a red wine trying to be a white wine. And in the Haute Cabrière Pinot Noir Unwooded 2019 it succeeds.

Pinot Noir – small tight bunches

A bit like Henry Ford when he was asked what colour they should spray his Model T Ford, he said, “Any colour as long as it is black,” The von Arnim Family only grow Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and have established a reputation for themselves as producers of fine wines made from these varieties whose origins are in Champagne and Pinot Noir.

Takuan von Arnim, Haute Cabrière Family Cellarmaster since 2013

From a Burgundy shaped bottle, closed with a screw cap. The label is simple classical and elegant Haute Cabrière. In the glass, the colour is a brightshining cherry, so inviting. The aromas are all about red berries full and at their best. The palate has a good line of fruit acidity running through from entry to the long aftertaste. Vibrant berries, fraises des bois, Bing cherries and  an amusing undertow of mocha and cigar box. An impressive glass and ready for drinking now.

Ina Paarman’s Watermelon & Feta Salad

The Haute Cabrière Pinot Noir Unwooded 2019 is best served chilled whether as a glass on its own or with a meal. It is a perfect food companion, and with watermelon still in season, a slice, depipped as much as possible, covered in creamed feta and garnished with pitted black olives and a garnish of mint would make a great starter for an Autumnal meal. Ina Paarman’s Watermelon & Feta Salad is a perfect substitute. Click HERE for her recipe.

Ina Paarman in her Constantia Garden

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