There is a new Saurwein Pinot Noir! Joining the successful Saurwein Nom Pinot Noir 2018, (last vintage made Decanter front page as ‘one of the most exciting wines in 2018) is the lighter styled Saurwein Om Pinot Noir 2018 made from grapes sourced from the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge Region.
Saurwein Om Pinot Noir 2018 is crystalline, with an array of perfume, florals and light-footed on the palate with a linear and precise structure. The acidity is fine and the wine needs another 6 months in bottle to evolve. Lighter in style to the more layered sibling below this is one to broach a little earlier, its refined palate refreshing.
The Saurwein Nom Pinot Noir 2018, from the limited but amazing Kaaimansgat vineyard is stunning in 2018. Joining the ranks of SA’s very best Pinot Noir’s, the 2018 adds more fruit weight and some darker berry aromatics to flesh out the ethereal spice of previous vintages. This is a great Nom Pinot Noir, my favourite to date, and it is clear that the strong following this wine already has will only increase. Since its release in 2015, Saurwein Nom Pinot Noir has cultivated a niche following. Favourable reviews by Neal Martin and a great response to both the 2015 and 2016 after the 2017 Young Guns showcase, cemented this wine as one to look out for.
Both these wines are super limited. The Saurwein Om Pinot Noir 2018 was produced in very small quantities so please let me know you request soonest, as this is sure to sell out fast, as will the Saurwein Nom Pinot Noir 2018.
|Saurwein||Nom Pinot Noir||Kaaimansgat||2018||R 405.00|
|Saurwein||Om Pinot Noir||Hemel-en-Aarde||2018||R 405.00|
Saurwein Om Pinot Noir 2018:
‘I worked in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley for 4 years while I was a student and then as winemaker/ vineyard staff and later marketer. I lived in Hermanus and fell in love with the place, its story and its people. It is my dream to have a vineyard in the area one day and we are working on it… For now, I am able to purchase fruit from the one of the Ridge’s properties and have made this first vintage as naturally (hands-off approach) as possible to learn to know the site. It is more Burgundian in style compared to many SA Pinots, as it has a very lean, but red fruit driven core with great acidity and very fine tannin. I am ecstatic about the quality of this maiden vintage. It is a wine that I recommend customers to cellar for another year or two, although the attractive red berry fruit makes it quite delicious now too. Pinot noir from the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge yields incredible elegance. The wines can be intriguing and have great ageing potential. This is a terroir that could be some of the finest terroir in the world according to my ex-professor of viticulture Alain Deloire and I have seen the Pinots go from strength to strength.
About the name: OM symbolises the concept of universal creation. This word is also synonymous with peace. In 2018, I had a 3 month old baby during harvest. Motherhood has taught me to surrender and making peace with everything that goes with it. I have loved the lesson of this new role in addition to my winemaking path and see many similarities between these roles. The vineyard too induces a true sense of peace and so the name “Om” is perfectly suited for this wine.’ – Jessica Saurwein, Winemaker
Saurwein Nom Pinot Noir 2018:
Nom stands for nombulelo (gratitude in ‘Xhosa’) and Nomkhubulwane (a forgotten African goddess of agriculture). Situated at 700m altitude, the vineyard is a place where gratitude is instilled and tales appear. Grapes of origin: Kaaimansgat Vineyard, Elandskloof Valley, Villiersdorp. The soil is granite with a significant portion of clay. Pinot noir clone 115 and 777.
‘Descriptors on the nose is orange rind, toasted cocoa bean, rose hip/ cherry/ savoury notes. Descriptors on the flavour and palate is black cherry fruit/ hibiscus/ “garrigue”/ umami / roasted chestnuts velvety, firm tannins and balanced acidity’ – Jessica Saurwein, Winemaker