La Brune Pinot Noir and Chardonnay 2022 – Just getting better

La Brune Pinot Noir and Chardonnay 2022

Just getting better

With an aesthetic and sense of detail that’s second to none, Nico Grobler is destined to make some of the greatest Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in South Africa. The excellent 2022 vintage continues this quest, offering Nico’s trademark precision and crystalline fruit purity, but with added nuance and intensity.

The 2022 vintage captures the essence of great Chardonnay. Complex layers of citrus, stone fruit, and well-integrated oak lead to a clean, mineral and long-lasting finish – the acidity on-point. The La Brune Pinot 2022 is fine-boned and elegant, but with a sense of power. This wine just gets better with each release, showing deeper complexity, a detailed tannic frame and refreshing acidity.

These are super-limited wines and always will be, so get some while you can.

La Brune Chardonnay is sourced from two Elgin vineyards planted to clones 277 and 95. The grapes are 50% destemmed and 50% whole-bunch pressed, allowing natural fermentation. The wine is raised for 12 months in 228-litre 'untoasted' barrels, with 25% new oak and the rest second and third fill.

La Brune Pinot Noir 2022 is from a 10,000 vine/ha high-density single vineyard planted to five different clones, and the soil is ferricrete with a bit of clay. This vintage is 50% PN115, 35% PN113, and 15% PN459. A portion is whole-bunch fermented, followed by spontaneous fermentation in small open fermenters. The wine spends 12 months in 228-litre 'untoasted' barrels (a portion new and the rest second and third fill). As with the Chardonnay, the oak is from the Pierre du Bourgogne forest and the barrels are custom-made for La Brune.

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