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Saurwein Nom Pinot Noir 2015

 
Country: South africa
Region: Villiersdorp
Type: Red
Producer: Saurwein
Grape: Pinot Noir
Bottle Size: 75cl
Vintage: 2015

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Cote de nuits in style, from the mighty Kaaimansgaat vineyard in Elandskloof. Jessica Saurwein's first vintage and what a beautiful wine it is! Grab it while you can - just 3 barrels made.


Tasting Notes

Nom stands for Nombulelo (gratitude in Xhosa) and Nomkhubulwane (a forgotten African goddess of agriculture) Situated at 700m altitude, the vineyard is a place where gratitude is instilled and tales appear. This is Jessica's first vintage and we are just so excited. Beautiful lavender, wild strawberry and slightly nutty nose with a kid-leather glove soft mouthfeel, forest floor, dark chocolate dipped orange rind and red fruits. Purity and prettiness for days.


Press Note:

Pinot 2015 – 90 points The 2015 Nom Pinot Noir is the maiden release from trained oenologist Jessica Saurwein, whose day-job is working at Kleinood in Stellenbosch. The fruit is sourced from Kaaimansgat, Elandskloof Valley and Villiersdorp on clay-rich granite soils. Tasted on two occasions, this marks a very promising debut. This Pinot conveys a sense of brightness on the nose: bing cherries, strawberries, blood orange and a touch of vanilla. The palate is nicely balanced, quite Côte de Nuits in style with fine tannins and pretty red fruit on the finish. What it might lack in complexity it compensates with in terms of energy and harmony, two key elements of fine Pinot Noir. This is well worth seeking out, though just three barrels were produced. I look forward to more! South African wines have come of age over the last decade and as someone fortunate to taste iconic wines with totally inhumane regularity, I can confirm that the best of South Africa is world-class. So when Jessica Saurwein served her delicious and impressively pure maiden 2015 Pinot Noir within close proximity to the 2000 La Tâche, then bring it on. Let’s juxtapose. Taking pleasure from one does not preclude enjoyment of the other. Fact is, they are two Pinot Noirs from opposite sides of the spectrum and yet their raison d'être is the same. As it transpired, the Burgundy showed the same advanced signs of maturity as a previous bottle poured blind by Jean-Charles Cazes three of four years ago. Jessica’s debut was singing and dancing, a great debut if I can repeat the views in my recent South Africa report, whereas the 2000 La Tâche is a Burgundy I wouldn’t cellar too much longer.

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