Catherine, one of the original South African garagistes has evolved to become a premium artisan producer of fine wines. This quote by Cathy sums it up: “When we started on our wine journey from humble origins in 1997, we have always held the view that our intention was to produce a range of unique wines of excellence and, above all, to have fun doing it. As custodians of such an ancient craft, a balanced, holistic, creative and respectful approach reflects harmony and character in our wines.”
These Pinot noir grapes are selected from the ultra cool Elgin Valley between Somerset West and Hermanus. The valley is located at an altitude of about 700 m above sea level and surrounded by a ring of mountains that results in a high annual precipitation and low average temperatures. Grapes were selected from five cool sites. Soil types for this label included: Table Mountain Sandstone with Silica Quartz and Tukulu (combination of sand and gravel). French Dijon clones for this blend include 115, 667 and 113 planted in 2001, 2003 and 2005. The combination of these three clones are grown on the lighter soils. Production at harvest averaged between 4-6 tons.
Drinking well now, but will benefit from maturation until 2025.