The goal of showcasing the terroir of the Cape South Coast through single vineyard Chardonnay and Pinot Noir took a ‘little’ detour when Stompie and Anri purchased the land now known as ‘Platteklip Vineyards’ in Piket-bo-berg, Swartland. The intense planting work done there shifted the focus of ‘JH Meyer Signature Wines’ to eventually becoming ‘Platteklip Vineyards.’ Stompie plans to get back to the single vineyard game when the Platteklip vines are mature, but in the meantime, he will continue to put his deft hand (and hair) to work with Burgundy varieties across the Cape. The 2021 ‘Cuvée NoS’ is an amalgamation of organically farmed Palmiet (Elgin) and Elandsrivier (Elandskloof) sites.
The fruit was hand picked at optimum sugar levels with Stompie keeping a keen eye on the pH levels being his more important ‘number.’ The grapes were fermented entirely whole-cluster and crushed by hand with a single daily punchdown over the course of 10 days. The wine fermented for 10 days and then spent another 22 days post-fermentation on skins for further tannin integration. The wine was then gently pressed with only the free run juice along with gross lees into a single old French 40hL foudre where the wine aged for 12 months. It was bottled directly from cask without fining, filtration or a sulfur addition.