Radford Dale, Freedom Pinot Noir 750ml 2015South Africa, Elgin
This Pinot Noir is characterised by its finesse and poise rather than power or richness. It owes its mineral elegance to the soils it grows in and its aromatic berry generosity and depth of flavor to the wonderful climate of Elgin. The 2015 marks the 9th vintage of Freedom and, as the vineyards continue to mature, we continue to see more depth and texture with each passing vintage.
The three vineyards that produce this Pinot Noir are all planted to the Dijon clones 115 and 777 and have now reached a decade of producing some of the finest grapes of the region. Elgin is one of the naturally coolest vineyard locations in South Africa. Its altitude benefits the location through naturally lower temperatures and higher rainfall. Here we find a greater degree of cloud cover because of the specific topography of the region that results not only in lower daytime temperatures during summer, but also a more gentle spectrum of sunlight to ripen developing bunches. Also, veraison tends to occur much later in Elgin and only once the hottest summer spells are past. Elgin is an area rich in geological diversity and these vineyards benefit from the finest examples of Table Mountain Sandstone and Cartref soiltypes, which impart an elegant minerality to the wine.
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