tesselaarsdal

Tesselaarsdal Pinot Noir 2017

R489.00

Tasting notes:
‘This is the best vintage yet of Berene Sauls’ Pinot Noir, made at Hamilton Russell by Emul Ross. Floral, nuanced and refreshing, it’s very much a Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge style, with gentle, fragrant raspberry fruit and bright acidity. A Cape take on Chambolle-Musigny. 2019-25.’ – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2018, 95/100

‘The 2017 Pinot Noir from Tesselaarsdal (one of my discoveries in 2017) has an attractive bouquet of crushed strawberry and red currant aromas and a touch of undergrowth in the background. The palate is well balanced with lovely, slightly plump red fruit, but there is energy and tension throughout. This is a beautifully proportioned Pinot Noir that stays true to the grape variety. Superb.’ – Neal Martin Report 2018, 91/100

‘The wine has a lovely, fine, bright sour red berry character and even hints of violets on the nose. It has a more lifted acidity and tightness, bright and elegant start to finish with a hardening line of minerality placing it more in the old-world than the new. It is distinctly feminine and elegant with a lovely dusting of grape tannins’. – Wine Maker

Vintage Cinditions:
2017 was another unusually early and short harvest – almost exactly the same timing as 2015 and 2016. But as is wonderfully the case with nature, the character of the 2017’s is surprisingly different to the 2016’s. For the winelands in general, the story was of excessive heat and extreme dryness. But this was not the case for our appellation, the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge. Close proximity to the cool South Atlantic kept the maximum temperatures in line and we also benefitted from timely rain from the southeast, which seldom reaches the warmer inland areas. January was quite a bit warmer than our long-term average (the same as for 1998 and 2011) but it was not drier than average. And the crucial month of February was wetter than average without being warmer – as was March. Our main dam was almost full at the end of harvest. A relatively warm December, followed by a hot January was probably the main factor in making 2017 an early year. High humidity did create some anxiety – less over downy mildew – more over oidium – so it will be remembered as a more challenging year than 2015, but the resulting wines for the classicists and purists will perhaps be seen as more typical of our style. – Berine Sauls

 

‘The wine has a lovely, fine, bright sour red berry character and even hints of violets on the nose. It has a more lifted acidity and tightness, bright and elegant start to finish with a hardening line of minerality placing it more in the old-world than the new. It is distinctly feminine and elegant with a lovely dusting of grape tannins’. – Wine Maker

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