Saurwein Om Pinot Noir 2020 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Hemel-en-Aarde
R460
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'Om symbolises the concept of universal creation. This word is also synonymous with peace. The vineyard is situated in the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge region (Heaven and Earth), a beautiful and peaceful place close to my heart. May this wine carry forward the peace that its place of creation inspires.' – Jessica Saurwein, Winemaker
93
CE
'A hint of flinty reduction before rose and red cherry. The palate has a smart linearity about it – lovely clarity of fruit, bright acidity, and crunchy tannins. Well-balanced and energetic. Alcohol: 13.5%.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 93/100

'The resultant wine from this site is energetic, concentrated and has a great fresh acidity. This is the third vintage I have made of this vineyard and this wine truly excites me. There is no other region which for me expresses the desired concentration and weightlessness that great Pinot noir can have. On the nose, the wine has red and black berry fruit, strawberries, red and black cherries, plums, exotic spices and is followed by red berries, beetroot earthiness, fresh hibiscus and fruit-coated tannin . Drink: 2021 – 2035.' – Jessica Saurwein, Winemaker

Grape origin:
Located in the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, Walker Bay, Hermanus, this vineyard dryland vineyard is situated just 12 km from the sea and 300 m above sea-level. The soils are granite origin with a significant portion of clay. Excellent early ripening conditions turned into wetter conditions close to harvest, which made the picking date all-important. Hand-sorting of the bunches in the vineyard and in the cellar allowed for only optimal fruit to be fermented. Pinot noir clones are 115 and 667. The vineyard was planted in 2006.

Tasting notes on the 2019 vintage:
'Resonantly named for a symbol of universal creation, peace. Riveting 2019 has sultry red berry fruit layered with silky tannins in a powerful expression. Textured but still refined & elegant. From Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge grapes.' – Platter's Guide, 4.5* (94/100)

'The Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge may be the youngest of the valley's three wards in terms of vineyard age, but it's producing increasingly impressive wines. This stony, sappy, savoury Pinot Noir, deftly wooded in 25% new barrels, has floral top notes, fresh acidity and subtle red cherry and pomegranate fruit. Drink 2021-27.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2020, 93/100

'The 2019 Pinot Noir Saurwein Om is matured in 25% new oak for 10 months. It has a perfumed bouquet of strawberry pastilles, raspberry and touches of brown spice, all well defined and with plenty fruit. The palate is sweet and candied on the entry, then you feel the structure exert a gentle grip. Black fruit laced with touches of black pepper on the aftertaste. Give it another year in bottle. Drink 2022-2034.' – Neal Martin, Vinous, 91/100 (Apr 2021)
More Information
Condition New
Winemaker Jessica Saurwein
Alcohol 13.5%
Body Light-bodied
Blend information 100% Pinot Noir
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Pinot Noir
Rating CE 93
Producer information Winemaker Jessica Saurwein followed in her family's winemaking footsteps by creating her own wine brand, Saurwein. Her family's winemaking history dates back to the 17th century, where her ancestors made 'sour' wine for the Emperor of Austria. Jessica focuses on Pinot Noir and Riesling, producing 3 different wines under her label. One wine produced from the Elandskloof Valley, one from the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge region, and one from the Elgin Valley.
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