Tesselaarsdal
Pinot Noir

Pinot noir 2020

Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge

The 2020 Pinot Noir expresses clean and lifted wild red fruit and cranberry and red plum aromas with hints of baking spices and cloves. Introducing a long, gentle palate with a savoury minerality. This is a graceful and age-worthy wine with an almost crystalline purity.

Alcohol 13.10%
Acid 5.5
pH 3.45
Barrel Ageing 9.5 months
Wooding 100% 228 litre French oak barrels
Tight Grain 100% (MLT 21%, Medium 36%, Blonde 43%)
French Coopers François Frères 100%
Malolactic Fermentation 1st fill 35%, 2nd fill 29%, 3rd fill 29%, 4th fill 7%
Yield 6 tons/ha
Production 344.75 cases
Fruit Origin Hemel-en-aarde Ridge 100%, Un- irrigated La Vierge Vineyards
Release Date February 2021
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“Next South African Pinot noir icon.”

— Greg Sherwood

“[E]ven in the short time since we first tasted it, it’s taken on a bit of weight and shows a lovely balance between power, freshness and spice. It’s a great effort…”

— Damon Quinlan

“The palate is silky and fine with supple red cherry fruit. Such elegance, showing good structure and acidity. A brilliant debut vintage and it should age nicely, too.”

— Jamie Goode

Pinot noir 2019

Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge – Sold Out

A particularly bright, tight and pure Pinot noir with marked elegance. Clean and lifted wild red fruit and sour cherry aromas introduce a long, gentle palate with a salty minerality. This is a graceful and age-worthy wine with an almost crystalline purity.

Alcohol 13.30%
Acid 6.0
pH 3.31
Barrel Ageing 9.5 months
Wooding 100% 228 litre French oak barrels
Tight Grain 100% (MLT 29%, Medium 21%, Blonde 50%)
French Coopers François Frères 100%
Malolactic Fermentation 1st fill 35%, 2nd fill 29%, 3rd fill 29%, 4th fill 7%
Yield 6 tons/ha
Production 327.5 cases
Fruit Origin Hemel-en-aarde Ridge 100%, Un- irrigated La Vierge Vineyards
Release Date February 2020
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Pinot Noir 2018

Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge

A particularly bright, tight and pure Pinot noir with marked elegance. Clean and lifted wild red fruit and sour cherry aromas introduce a long, gentle palate with a salty minerality. This is a graceful and age-worthy wine with an almost crystalline purity.

Alcohol 12.82%
Acid 5.6
pH 3.40
Residual Sugar 1.6
Barrel Ageing 9.5 months
Wooding 100% 228 litre French oak barrels
Tight Grain 100%
French Coopers François Frères 100%
Malolactic Fermentation 1st fill 25%, 2nd fill 25%, 3rd fill 50%
Yield 6 tons/ha
Production 338.91 cases
Fruit Origin Hemel-en-aarde Ridge 100%, Un- irrigated La Vierge Vineyards
Release Date February 2019
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Pinot Noir 2017

Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge

Probably the best Tesselaarsdal to date, the 2017 has greater depth, structure and plushness of palate than 2016 (and even 2015) without sacrificing the clean, lifted blue fruit that is a characteristic of the best Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge Pinot Noir. This is a wine with the tight minerality of the old-world and the pure sumptuous fruit of the new-world.

Alcohol 13.8%
Acid 5.61
pH 3.44
Residual Sugar 1.85
Barrel Ageing 9.5 months
Wooding 100% 228 litre French oak barrels
Tight Grain 100%
French Coopers François Frères 100%
Malolactic Fermentation 1st fill 30%, 2nd fill 23%, 3rd fill 30%, 4th fill 17%
Yield 6 tons/ha
Production 322.58 cases
Fruit Origin Hemel-en-aarde Ridge 100%, Un- irrigated La Vierge Vineyards
Release Date February 2018
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Pinot noir 2016

Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge

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.

Alcohol 13.30%
Acid 6.0
pH 3.31
Barrel Ageing 9.5 months
Wooding 100% 228 litre French oak barrels
Tight Grain 100% (MLT 29%, Medium 21%, Blonde 50%)
French Coopers François Frères 100%
Malolactic Fermentation 1st fill 35%, 2nd fill 29%, 3rd fill 29%, 4th fill 7%
Yield 6 tons/ha
Production 327.5 cases
Fruit Origin Hemel-en-aarde Ridge 100%, Un- irrigated La Vierge Vineyards
Release Date February 2020
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Pinot noir 2015

Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge

A particularly bright, tight and pure Pinot noir with marked elegance. Clean and lifted wild red fruit and sour cherry aromas introduce a long, gentle palate with a salty minerality. This is a graceful and age-worthy wine with an almost crystalline purity.

Alcohol 12.9%
Acid 5.9
pH 3.46
pH 3.46
Residual Sugar 1.5
Barrel Ageing 9.5 months
Wooding 100% 228 litre French oak barrels
Tight Grain 100%
French Coopers François Frères 75%, Mercurey 25%
Malolactic Fermentation 1st fill 25%, 2nd fill 25%, 3rd fill 50%
Yield 6 tons/ha
Production 100.16 cases
Fruit Origin Hemel-en-aarde Ridge 100%, Un-irrigated La Vierge Vineyards
Release Date February 2016
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