Galpin Peak Pinot Noir 2021
R457 – R607
Pinot Noir is unique as it displays both a delicacy and richness, but it is often quoted as depicting little varietal character of its own – rather expressing the terroir upon which it is grown. Hence, it carries the crown of being the most terroir-expressive of all grape varieties. The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley represents that unique combination of soil and climate that exists in only a handful of places where the exact balance provides the perfect expression of this elusive grape.
It’s been remarked before how the weather, during recent odd vintages, seems to behave to the benefit of local vintners. 2021 followed this pattern of 2019, 2017 and 2015. Yields varied significantly between cultivars and apart from a big rain event on 14 March, dry and cool conditions prevailed during picking. Phenolic ripeness outperformed sugar accumulation in the berries, resulting in juices with low potential alcohol and balanced natural acidities.
Trophy Winner – Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards, 2023
94 pts – James Suckling, 2023
93 pts – Decanter World Wine Awards, 2023
92 pts – Tim Atkin South Africa Report, 2023
92 pts – The International Wine & Spirit Competition, 2023
91 its – Winemag.co.za, 2023
Eight Estate vineyards, ranging in age from ten to thirty years, contribute to this expression of Pinot Noir. Various clonal material also plays a role, but the classic Dijon 113, 115, 667 and 777 are predominant. Each vineyard plot is vinified separately, with emphasis placed on accentuating its distinctive characteristics. Blended after 11months maturation in French oak, 30% of which were new.
Bottled, following 4 months elevage, in May 2022.
Alcohol: 13.19 vol%
Total Acidity: 5.5 g/l
Residual Sugar: 2.2 g/l
Volatile Acidity: 0.69 g/l
Total SO2: 83 mg/l
Fragrant and seductive red cherry perfume underpins an iron-rich mineral edge. Gently extracted fine tannins enrobe a delicate, yet vibrant structure. It is elegant and accessible, with refined oak and a layered, rewarding finish. Best from 2023 through 2030.
A wine of substance – generously structured for the long haul. Immediately expressive succulent plum, clove and nutmeg. Well defined and concentrated black olive tapenade and cranberry tart flavours, all elegantly packaged around an ever-present kelp-like tannin. Velvety smooth finish.