Pinot Noir was the first wine Mick and Jeanine made back in 2013 with grapes from Jeanine's family farm in Faure. It is a great grape to work with, showing the femininity of this site more than any other grape. This block lies on probably one of the 'coolest' sites in Stellenbosch on a south-westerly slope facing False Bay which is 2.5 miles away. 100% planted to clone 115 in 1998, it is a relatively low yielding block and loves to be picked nice and early.
In the cellar the de-stemmer is set aside opting to ferment this wine 100% whole bunch. Fruit is picked by hand and lightly foot stomped in open top fermenters to get some juice. From there it is lightly pumped over one-two times a day to quite simply move the juice around. The idea is not to over extract, wanting to keep as many whole bunches and berries intact. This was on skins/stems for around 13 days, then drained and pressed to old barrels for 10 months.
Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Vineyard: Faure Vineyard
Vine Age: 17 years old
Yield: 2.3 tons per acre
Soil Type: Decomposed Granitic Sand over Clay
Oak: 10 months in neutral French barrique
Production: 120 cases