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Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Pinot Noir

Bosman, Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Pinot Noir 2017

R160

35 in stock

Notes

The Bosman family have a history of growing wine in the Bovlei of Wellington, dating back to 1810. Through eight generations they have worked hard to create a better life for all who live and work on the farm, rising to challenges and finding solutions, often in the unexpected.

Wine is made in their historic 260 year old cellar, but their approach is progressive and innovative: a plant improvement unit ensures that Bosman remains at the forefront of the development of new, clean plant material and varietals; while their vine nursery ensures a continuous supply of healthy rootstock and vines.

In 2000 the family acquired a vineyard in the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley which would supplement their offering with cool climate grapes. Here the vineyards are planted between fields of indigenous ‘fynbos’ and in close proximity to the sea. Ideal soil types combine with cooling sea breezes to create terroir rivalling the world's best; and resulting in wines with minerality, elegance, vivacity and finesse.

The best value to be found in the valley is Corlea Fourie’s Bosman Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Pinot Noir 2017 which punches well above its weight. The granite-strewn ‘Upper’ ward produces more aromatics and finer acidity compared to the ‘Valley’ and ‘Ridge’ wards. The 2017 Bosman shows typical Hemel-en-Aarde purity, combined with classy tannins and fine elegance.

Tasting notes:
'Produced from southern-facing vineyards in the ‘Upper’ ward, it delivers a cooler, more fragrant Pinot Noir expression. The 2017 vintage is more serious than the price suggests; with superb concentration, fine acidity and firm tannins. Remarkable depth and a classy structure suggest it will age well for 5 years, possibly further. Simply cracking for the price.' – Roland Peens (February 2019)

'Vibrant purple heart with cerise rim. Rich, bright fresh berries, a slight earthiness and subtle spicy notes. Medium to full-bodied palate where soft tannins contribute to a fine structure. A balanced wine with a lingering, memorable finish.' – Winemaker

Viticulture:
From their vineyards overlooking Walker Bay, at the foothills of the Babylonstoren mountains. Due to the low winter rainfall the yield was lower. Overall bunches and berries were smaller, but that in turn resulted in concentrated flavours and excellent quality.

Vinification:
The cooled grapes were transported to their cellar where they were hand sorted, destemmed and gently crushed. Regular pump overs and punch downs assured colour extraction. Aged for 10 months in 20% new French Burgundian oak.

The Bosman family have a history of growing wine in the Bovlei of Wellington, dating back to 1810. Through eight generations they have worked hard to create a better life for all who live and work on the farm, rising to challenges and finding solutions, often in the unexpected.

Wine is made in their historic 260 year old cellar, but their approach is progressive and innovative: a plant improvement unit ensures that Bosman remains at the forefront of the development of new, clean plant material and varietals; while their vine nursery ensures a continuous supply of healthy rootstock and vines.

In 2000 the family acquired a vineyard in the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley which would supplement their offering with cool climate grapes. Here the vineyards are planted between fields of indigenous ‘fynbos’ and in close proximity to the sea. Ideal soil types combine with cooling sea breezes to create terroir rivalling the world's best; and resulting in wines with minerality, elegance, vivacity and finesse.

The best value to be found in the valley is Corlea Fourie’s Bosman Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Pinot Noir 2017 which punches well above its weight. The granite-strewn ‘Upper’ ward produces more aromatics and finer acidity compared to the ‘Valley’ and ‘Ridge’ wards. The 2017 Bosman shows typical Hemel-en-Aarde purity, combined with classy tannins and fine elegance.

Tasting notes:
'Produced from southern-facing vineyards in the ‘Upper’ ward, it delivers a cooler, more fragrant Pinot Noir expression. The 2017 vintage is more serious than the price suggests; with superb concentration, fine acidity and firm tannins. Remarkable depth and a classy structure suggest it will age well for 5 years, possibly further. Simply cracking for the price.' – Roland Peens (February 2019)

'Vibrant purple heart with cerise rim. Rich, bright fresh berries, a slight earthiness and subtle spicy notes. Medium to full-bodied palate where soft tannins contribute to a fine structure. A balanced wine with a lingering, memorable finish.' – Winemaker

Viticulture:
From their vineyards overlooking Walker Bay, at the foothills of the Babylonstoren mountains. Due to the low winter rainfall the yield was lower. Overall bunches and berries were smaller, but that in turn resulted in concentrated flavours and excellent quality.

Vinification:
The cooled grapes were transported to their cellar where they were hand sorted, destemmed and gently crushed. Regular pump overs and punch downs assured colour extraction. Aged for 10 months in 20% new French Burgundian oak.

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Country

ZA

Region

Hemel-en-Aarde

Style

Red

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