La Vierge 'Noir' Pinot Noir 2015

La Vierge 'Noir' Pinot Noir 2015
£22.50 / bottle£256.50 / case (12 bottles)

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Country: South Africa
Wine style: Smooth Elegant Reds
Wine Type: Red Wines
Wine region: Walker Bay
Grape variety: Pinot Noir
Wine Type: Vegan Wine
Wine Type: New Wines
Drink: Now to 2023
Oaked
Screwcap
ABV: 13%

Tasting Notes

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 managed to get hold of the 2015 vintage of this 'Noir' Pinot Noir which is a step up. 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 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.

100% Pinot Noir, this wine demonstrates the red fruit flavours (raspberries & redcurrants) that you would expect from a cool climate Pinot and combines them beautifully more mature baked cherry, spicy and mushroom notes. There are delicate hints of oak from 9 months in barrel (only partly new oak). There is a good balance of mouth-watering acidity with the juicy fruit flavours and a long finish. Plus the texture is really silky. What's not to like?!

Food Pairing

Drink with red meat, game, mushroom dishes and hard cheese. A Pinot Noir with low tannins like this one makes a good match for lean beef cuts like fillet of beef.

Producer's Notes

"This our Pinot Noir from vines situated in the newly declared ward of Hemel en Aarde Ridge... Black Madonna or Black Virgin is an apt name for our Pinot Noir. This wine shows cool climate poise and elegance with an earthy and bright fruit character. This vintage expresses the typical earthy and savoury aroma of this fine Burgundy variety and is backed by a red fruit character. A greater selection of clones and blocks during picking and older elements in the blend shows a darker and more textured style in bottle from previous vintages."

Awards

89 points    Hemel-en-Aarde Winegrowers Pinot Noir Celebration 2017

Fruit-driven Pinot Noir from cool maritime climate region Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge in South Africa; an elegant Pinot with lots of fruit flavours and a silky texture

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