Region: Polkadraai, Stellenbosch
This Stellenbosch family farm sees 3rd generation Cornelis Dumas and son Hannes vinifying super wines off long-established vineyards. Nothing seems to have changed there since I came into the industry forty years ago…… Fermentation takes place in open concrete tanks using wild yeasts.
Close your eyes, smell this and you’ll think that it is a Burgundian Pinot Noir! The keyword here is earthiness, with hints of clean, freshly chopped mushrooms. The fruit core is a melange of all the black bramble fruits with some red berry brightness too. Smooth and at its absolute peak. The wine spent eighteen months in French oak barrels, 25% first-fill, 35% second-fill and 40% third-fill.