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Pinot Noir

Tesselaarsdal, Pinot Noir 2017

R495

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Notes

'Berene Sauls’ wine is made at Hamilton Russell, where she is a valued member of the export team, but the fruit is sourced from La Vierge, further up the valley. This is a subtle, spicy, mineral-edged Pinot with succulent wild strawberry fruit and a core of tannin. 2018-22'. – Tim Atkin, Special South Africa Report 2017, 93/100

Tasting notes:
'Started by Berene Sauls in 2015, this is the third vintage of the Tesselaarsdal Pinot. It is certainly the best to date. The 2017 has a long, structured undercarriage and is fleshier with a greater fruit-depth than the previous vintages. It is wonderfully focused and lean but, at the moment, it needs time in bottle to open up. Typical of Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, it is half new world and half old world in style. This is an authentic wine and a true story of transformation that celebrates Berene’s pioneering spirit'. – James Pietersen (January 2018)

'The wine has a lovely, fine, bright sour red berry character and even hints of violets on the nose. It has a more lifted acidity and tightness, bright and elegant start to finish with a hardening line of minerality placing it more in the old-world than the new. It is distinctly feminine and elegant with a lovely dusting of grape tannins'. – Wine Maker

Vintage Cinditions:
2017 was another unusually early and short harvest - almost exactly the same timing as 2015 and 2016. But as is wonderfully the case with nature, the character of the 2017's is surprisingly different to the 2016's. For the winelands in general, the story was of excessive heat and extreme dryness. But this was not the case for our appellation, the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge. Close proximity to the cool South Atlantic kept the maximum temperatures in line and we also benefitted from timely rain from the southeast, which seldom reaches the warmer inland areas. January was quite a bit warmer than our long-term average (the same as for 1998 and 2011) but it was not drier than average. And the crucial month of February was wetter than average without being warmer - as was March. Our main dam was almost full at the end of harvest. A relatively warm December, followed by a hot January was probably the main factor in making 2017 an early year. High humidity did create some anxiety - less over downy mildew - more over oidium - so it will be remembered as a more challenging year than 2015, but the resulting wines for the classicists and purists will perhaps be seen as more typical of our style. - Berine Sauls

Background:
Tesselaarsdal was founded in 2015 by long-standing Hamilton Russell Vineyards employee, Berene Sauls. This wine is named after the historic Overberg farming hamlet of Tesselaarsdal, not far from the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge wine appellation, in which Berene was born – a descendant of the freed slaves who were bequeathed the land by former East India Company settler, Johannes Tesselaar in 1810. Analysis:
Alc: 13.8% TA: 5.61 pH: 3.44 RS: 1.85
'Berene Sauls’ wine is made at Hamilton Russell, where she is a valued member of the export team, but the fruit is sourced from La Vierge, further up the valley. This is a subtle, spicy, mineral-edged Pinot with succulent wild strawberry fruit and a core of tannin. 2018-22'. – Tim Atkin, Special South Africa Report 2017, 93/100

Tasting notes:
'Started by Berene Sauls in 2015, this is the third vintage of the Tesselaarsdal Pinot. It is certainly the best to date. The 2017 has a long, structured undercarriage and is fleshier with a greater fruit-depth than the previous vintages. It is wonderfully focused and lean but, at the moment, it needs time in bottle to open up. Typical of Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, it is half new world and half old world in style. This is an authentic wine and a true story of transformation that celebrates Berene’s pioneering spirit'. – James Pietersen (January 2018)

'The wine has a lovely, fine, bright sour red berry character and even hints of violets on the nose. It has a more lifted acidity and tightness, bright and elegant start to finish with a hardening line of minerality placing it more in the old-world than the new. It is distinctly feminine and elegant with a lovely dusting of grape tannins'. – Wine Maker

Vintage Cinditions:
2017 was another unusually early and short harvest - almost exactly the same timing as 2015 and 2016. But as is wonderfully the case with nature, the character of the 2017's is surprisingly different to the 2016's. For the winelands in general, the story was of excessive heat and extreme dryness. But this was not the case for our appellation, the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge. Close proximity to the cool South Atlantic kept the maximum temperatures in line and we also benefitted from timely rain from the southeast, which seldom reaches the warmer inland areas. January was quite a bit warmer than our long-term average (the same as for 1998 and 2011) but it was not drier than average. And the crucial month of February was wetter than average without being warmer - as was March. Our main dam was almost full at the end of harvest. A relatively warm December, followed by a hot January was probably the main factor in making 2017 an early year. High humidity did create some anxiety - less over downy mildew - more over oidium - so it will be remembered as a more challenging year than 2015, but the resulting wines for the classicists and purists will perhaps be seen as more typical of our style. - Berine Sauls

Background:
Tesselaarsdal was founded in 2015 by long-standing Hamilton Russell Vineyards employee, Berene Sauls. This wine is named after the historic Overberg farming hamlet of Tesselaarsdal, not far from the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge wine appellation, in which Berene was born – a descendant of the freed slaves who were bequeathed the land by former East India Company settler, Johannes Tesselaar in 1810. Analysis:
Alc: 13.8% TA: 5.61 pH: 3.44 RS: 1.85
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Country

ZA

Region

Walker Bay

Style

Red

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