g.p.s. Hemel-en-aarde ridge Pinot noir
balanced with a presence and depth of fruit
100% Pinot Noir made from French clones PN777 & PN115.
In 2018, I discovered two small parcels of Pinot Noir grapes grown on Bokkeveld Shale in a protected lee of the Hemel-en-Aarde valley – an area renowned for Pinot Noir.
Pretty rose petal, red cherry and orange blossom are emphasised by the brightness of aroma. The ripe, fleshy fruit rounds out the mid-palate and the plush texture gives density to the overall structure of this mid-bodied wine. The juicy acidity with cherry skin and crushed velvet tannins are balanced with a presence and depth of fruit. Flavours include dark cherry, red cherry pie crust, clove spice and wild strawberry. All this is capped by a saline undertone that leads to a tapered finish.
The wine rested in barrel for eleven months. A small number of artisanal coopers were selected, all from Burgundy and only French oak was chosen. Importantly, each clone and soil type was micro vinified as separate batches. In 2019 21.8% new oak; 76.1% 228 l and 23.9% 500 l.
Alcohol: 13.84% | pH: 3.32 | RS: 2.4 g/l
Platter's Wine Guide 2022
From Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, highest ward in the valley & associated with freshness, which lifts rich texture & beguiling dark cherry perfume on 2019. Highly polished in form, it already gives much pleasure, with a savouriness that should increase with age.
-Angela Lloyd, Platter’s SA Wine Guide 2022
Pale cherry red with a pale rim. There's a hint of green vegetation about the nose. Sweet, gentle palate entry that's a meld of violets and mushrooms – really rather lovely! Real impact and freshness on the palate. I'm bowled over by the palate and texture. Lots of presence but not sweetness on the palate. Long and confident.
-Jancis Robinson MW
The lightest and most delicate of the Kershaw Pinot Noirs, this is a fresh, graceful wine made from two sites planted with the 777 and 115 clones. Juicy, racy and floral, with appealing texture, some underlying grip and a core of rose petals and wild strawberry.
-Tim Atkin MW, South Africa Report 2021