Tesselaarsdal Pinot Noir

Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge

Pinot noir 2020

A pretty wine with a translucent fresh cherry colour and a nose of lifted cherry fruits and almost bready aromatics. A beautiful line of acidity lifts the fruit while the almost impossibly soft and silky tannins melt effortlessly into the languid finish. An understated Pinot Noir of deep, hidden power.

The 2020 harvest season had a fair amount of rain falling before the grapes started to ripen—natural irrigation that helped decrease stress levels on the vines, allowing them to function optimally during the ripening period. The post-harvest period in 2019 was cool, which contributed towards leaf fall occurring later and a good accumulation of reserves for vines to mature grapes. Spring was characterised by higher-than-normal minimum and maximum temperatures which resulted in even budburst and initial growth. The warmer, drier weather conditions that followed increased soil temperatures and root activity significantly. Overall conditions during the flowering and berry set period were much better than 2019’s extreme temperature fluctuations.

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 – Sold Out

This small-production, classically-styled Pinot Noir succinctly expresses the personality of the cool, maritime Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge and its elevated, iron-rich soils. Lifted wild red fruit and sour cherry aromas give way to a silky palate tinged with delectable, salty minerality. A profoundly graceful wine that will age beautifully.

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

A delightful nose punctuated by notes of red and black fruit, musk and fresh herbs. The palate is medium-bodied and tightly wound with good fruit concentration, fresh acidity and super-fine tannins. The long and savoury finish makes for a delicious wine with serious ageing potential.

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

Our best vintage to date, the 2017 has greater depth, structure and plushness of palate than both the 2016 and 2015, retaining the clean, lifted blue fruit that is a characteristic of the best Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge Pinot Noirs. This wine combines the tight minerality of the old world with the pure sumptuous fruit of the new.

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

This wine boasts a fine, bright sour red berry character, and even hints of violets on the nose—bright and elegant start to finish. Lifted acidity and tightness with a hardening line of minerality place 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

An aromatic and fine Pinot Noir with sweet red cherry fruit, white pepper and a hint of ginger on the nose. The palate is silky and fine with supple red cherry fruit. Restrained sophistication, superb structure and balanced acidity make for a wine which will age elegantly.

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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