La Vierge Noir Pinot Noir 2016 is 100% Pinot Noir from South Africa. It displays red fruit flavours like raspberries & redcurrants as you might expect from a cool climate Pinot Noir and combines them beautifully with the more mature fruit, baked cherry, spicy, leathery and mushroom notes that you might see in a Burgundian Pinot. There are delicate hints of oak on the nose and palate from 9 months in barrel. As only a little of the Noir Pinot Noir is aged in new oak, the oak impact is more in the body and texture of the wine than in the flavours. It’s really rather silky in texture. La Vierge Noir Pinot Noir 2016 has a good balance of mouth-watering acidity, juicy red fruit flavours and soft tannins and it benefits from a very tasty long finish. What’s not to like?!
La Vierge is a relatively young winery based in the beautiful Hemel-en-Aarde (Heaven and Earth) part of the Walker Bay wine region of South Africa. I used to stock La Vierge’s ‘The Affair’ Pinot Noir but stepped up to La Vierge Noir Pinot Noir 2016 for a more elegant Pinot. Grapes all come from the relatively recently named ward in the district of Walker Bay, Hemel en Aarde Ridge, which is the smallest ward and has the coolest maritime climate. Winemaker Christo Kotze aims for clean, site-specific wines: the Ridge climate and the heavy clay soils make this perfect for Noir Pinot Noir to express its fruit flavours and to display elegance with a bit of structure. Yields at this winery are low which helps to provide complexity and concentration to the wine.