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J.H. Meyer Signature Wines

2020

‘Carbonic’

Pinot Noir   |   Elgin - South Africa

About

This site is the original source for Stompie’s Pinot Noir. First planted in 2000, and named after the nearby Palmiet River, the vineyard is densely planted to 3,500 vines per hectare with North-South rows on a southwest-facing slope, allowing for more even ripening. Since 2013 there has not been a single spray on the vineyard and it was certified organic in 2018. The soils are mostly “Koue Bokkeveld” shale with table mountain sandstone and clay at an altitude of 1,000 feet.

The grapes were hand harvested the second week of February into small picking bins monitoring the pH closely as Stompie feels this is the most important thing when fermenting reds whole-cluster. The grapes were kept in as much of an anaerobic setting prior to fermentation in order to maintain as must freshness as possible. The intact bunches were placed into small one-ton fermenters and sealed up at a warm 85°F to naturally ferment for 10 days. Once the wine went dry the wine spent another three weeks post-ferment on skins for further extraction and tannin integration. The wine was then gently pressed, with full lees, to a single 25hL concrete egg for maturation. After six months the wine was bottled directly from the concrete egg without fining or filtration and just a small addition of sulfur.

Stats

  • Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir
  • Vineyard: Palmiet Vineyard
  • Vine Age: 20-years-old
  • Soil Type: Table Mountain sandstone and gravelly clay over shale
  • Viticulture: Certified Organic
  • Fermentation: Native – stainless-steel (100% whole-cluster - full carbonic)
  • Skin Contact: 32 days
  • Aging: 6 months in a 25hL concrete egg
  • pH: 3.7
  • Total Acidity: 5.4 g/L
  • Total SO2: 18 ppm
  • Total Production: 238 cases

Tasting Note

Strawberry colored. High-toned aromas of red berries and spices, with a distinct, yet alluring, woodsy-ness. There is a lovely fruitiness, not sweetness, to the palate and a strawberry/cranberry, orange peel, negroni sort of palate continues.

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