Land of Hope Reserve Pinot Noir 2014

Land of Hope Pinot Noir
Wine of Origin: Stellenbosch & Elgin
Alcohol: 13.54% by volume
PH: 3.57
Residual sugar: 2.3 g/l
Total acidity: 4.85 g/l

IN THE VINEYARDS

These grapes for our Land of Hope Reserve Pinot Noir come from two vineyards of Burgundian clones 115 and 777 in Elgin. In the lead up to the 2014 harvest, Elgin had a cold winter, lovely dry and sunny Spring which meant the bud break was much more even and with controlled vigour. Cool temperatures in the lead up to harvest resulted in great concentration, colour and acidity. As always, we pick early to ensure we capture the freshness and elegant flavours from the grapes.

INTHE CELLAR

The berries were co-fermented using natural ferments. This year 40% whole berry fermentation of both clones took place. Gentle extraction with only one or two punch downs and pump overs per day and the berries were gently basket pressed for pure, soft tannins. The wine was then matured for 13 months in mainly 2nd, 3rd & 4th fill Burgundian 228L and 300L oak barrels, with only a small proportion of new ones. As with all our wines we use minimal SO2 and this wine was not fined.

A NOTE FROM THE WINEMAKER

The vines are now 10 years old, which means the wine has more depth and texture, presence and poise. The whole berry ferment lifts the aromatic expression while bringing supple tannin and length. Gentle oaking and non-interventionist winemaking have contributed to producing a pure expression of Elgin Pinot Noir. This is not a Pinot for those who think good red wine needs to be black, oaky and tannic. It is a fragrant, bright and refreshing Pinot with wonderful succulence and expressive fruitiness.

 

Land of Hope Reserve Pinot Noir 2013

Land of Hope Pinot Noir
Wine of Origin: Stellenbosch & Elgin
Alcohol: 13% by volume
PH: 3.57
Residual sugar: 1.9 g/l
Total acidity: 4.95 g/l

Several parcels over four individual vineyard sites are used in producing this wine. The first two at altitude on the cooler mountain slopes of Elgin, the second two on the ocean-facing hilltops in the Stellenbosch-Helderberg area, facing directly into the False Bay Atlantic breezes. The vines are mostly Dijon clones and density, trellising and canopy management conducted in such a manner that the more subtle characters of Pinot could be best expressed. Green harvest thinning was carried-out sufficiently early in the growing cycle, allowing for focused development of a smaller yield (+/- 38hl / ha). Attention was paid to retaining natural acidity, minerality and purity of fruit.

After a cold and wet winter, the spring that preceded the 2013 harvest started with sunny hot days and budbreak was quite even. The growing season was warm and dry and very little disease pressure was encountered. The ripening period and the lead up to harvest were marked by cool night time temperatures which helped to ripen the grapes slowly and evenly. The resulting beautiful fruit of 2013 translated into a wine with wonderful balance, purity and freshness.

This is not a Pinot for those who think good red wine needs to be black, oaky and tannic. It is a fragrant, bright and refreshing Pinot with wonderful succulence and expressive fruitiness. The successful combination of its earthy, mineral & red berry characters make for a really lovely drinking Pinot, at a very reasonable price. Quite an uncommon combination in these parts for this most magnificent of varieties …

 

Land of Hope Reserve Pinot Noir 2012

Land of Hope Pinot Noir
Wine of Origin: Stellenbosch & Elgin
Alcohol: 13% by volume
PH: 3.46
Residual sugar: 2.1 g/l
Total acidity: 5.4 g/l

Several parcels over four individual vineyard sites are used in producing this wine. The first two at altitude on the cooler mountain slopes of Elgin, the second two on the ocean-facing hilltops in the Stellenbosch-Helderberg area, facing directly into the False Bay Atlantic breezes. The vines are mostly Dijon clones and density, trellising and canopy management conducted in such a manner that the more subtle characters of Pinot could be best expressed. Green harvest thinning was carried-out sufficiently early in the growing cycle, allowing for focused development of a smaller yield (+/- 38hl / ha). Attention was paid to retaining natural acidity, minerality and purity of fruit

The 2012 vintage was typified by a combination of contradictions : a dry winter, with strong rainfall coming during Summer –so a cooler summer than usual, not least in the evenings. The winds were quite strong over the flowering period which resulted in a naturally lower yield. Later in the season, during early January, there was quite a heat-wave. However, thanks to the altitude at which these vines grow, the veraison had not yet commenced and there was no detrimental impact on the fruit. Then we had some more rainfall in the run-up to harvest, keep the vines nourished, followed by blue skies right up to picking. The resulting beautiful fruit of 2012 translated into a wine with wonderful balance, purity and freshness. Our grapes are always hand picked, into small lug-bins at dawn, and brought promptly and while still cool into the Winery, where they pass-over a sorting table before being destemmed.

This is not a Pinot for those who think good red wine needs to be black, oaky and tannic. It is a fragrant, bright and refreshing Pinot with wonderful succulence and expressive fruitiness. The successful combination of its earthy, mineral & red berry characters make for a really lovely drinking Pinot, at a very reasonable price. Quite an uncommon combination in these parts for this most magnificent of varieties…