Yardstick Pinot Noir 2014, great with Duck Ramen – 01.09.2017

Yardstick Pinot Noir 2014

Mulderbosch Vineyards Winemaker Adam Mason makes a range of wines called Yardstick. Yardstick, literally a wooden stick a yard long, is now used as a benchmark or criterion against which others are judged. So, let all others be judged against the Yardstick Pinot Noir 2014.

The grapes came from the humble 2014 vintage, which Adam describes as a cool, moist affair, and from four distinctive sites in Elgin, Ceres Plateau, Cape South Coast and Hemel-en-Aarde Valley.

Adam Mason, Maker of Yardstick Wines

In this vintage, Adam trialed the possibility of Carbonic Maceration on a small batch of the grapes. Carbonic Macerations is a process in which whole grapes are fermented in a carbon dioxide atmosphere before going to the press.

Pinot Noir Grapes, ripening on the vine

It looks like
Elegant simple label on a Burgundy shaped bottle under natural cork. In the glass, it is a gem bright dark cherry at the core which pales out to a dark cherry blossom red at the edges.

It smells like
Red berries, dried cherries and cranberries, petrichor. Far off pipe smoker whiffs.

It tastes like
Bright fruit cherry tastes. Feint background notes of Rose Turkish Delight. The perfect balance in the wine is wonderful, acidity and tannins and fruit all in harmony. Nice mouthful of utterly delicious wine. Fresh vibrant and embracing all you want from a good Pinot.

Duck Ramen – Three Wise Monkeys

It’s good with
The one thing that always interests me about Pinot Noir is that it is essentially a delicate when compared to some of the bruisers that are made from Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Yet traditionally it is used in Burgundy in dishes like Beef Bourguignon and Coq au Vin, a hearty pair. I would suggest that you shill this wine for about 30 minutes before serving, this will so enhance your enjoyment.  It will go as well with seared tuna, a poké bowl or a fabulous Duck Ramen, like the one I had on Saturday at The Three Wise Monkeys in Sea Point. A real go to place for good ramen or poké.

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