Pinot Noir 2017
92 points, “This 2017 release is a wonderfully classically proportioned Pinot Noir… all the tell-tale hallmarks of a very fine terroir combined with intelligent winemaking.” – Greg Sherwood Master of Wine
As Hamilton Russell and Restless River have proven, Hemel-en-Aarde is one of the most exciting places to make wine in South Africa at the moment. And things are really hotting up there now that the legendary Marc Kent – the maverick behind Boekenhoutskloof, Chocolate Block and Porseleinberg – has launched his debut vintages of Cap Maritime.
The inaugural release of Cap Maritime Pinot Noir 2017 is “distinguished” according to Jancis Robinson, who described it as “very bright and vibrant with a fresh finish.” Although this is the first vintage, that energy appears to be the defining character of Cap Maritime’s new wines.
The grapes are handpicked and gently transported to the Boekenhoutskloof winery in Franschhoek. There winemaker Gottfried Mocke ferments the juice in concrete tanks using natural yeasts, before pressing it into French oak for 16 months. Only 200 cases were made, so this will quickly become very hard to find. Therefore, don’t miss out on this Pinot Noir with its sweet nose of cherry liqueurs, Parma Violets and wild strawberry, followed by a much darker palate of blackberries, black cherries and – like the Chardonnay – that fresh sea breeze across a pebble beach. That clean seam of acidity makes this a phenomenal food wine that will have you coming back for sip after sip.
The debut from Cap Maritime suggests that this will very soon become one of South Africa’s stars, if it isn’t already.
£6 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 2867700
Style No.: 719929
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