Pinot Noir from Africa’s southernmost winery at Burgundy Lover’s Festival

Friday, 24 May, 2013
Taste outstanding cool climate Pinot Noir from Africa’s southernmost winery, Strandveld Wines, at the Burgundy Lover’s Festival to be held at the Vineyard Hotel & Spa on Friday, 31 May.  
A true expression of the unique Strandveld terroir, the top tier, single vineyard Strandveld Vineyards Pinot Noir 2010 and more accessible First Sighting Pinot Noir 2010, are shaped by a variety of stony soils and unabating sea winds that fan the vines.

These wines are a fine testament to the farm’s careful hands-on approach to Pinot Noir, as winemaker Conrad Vlok explains: “Pinot is a fickle grape – it does not want to be made into something in the cellar that it is not. Warm climate, overripe fruit, high yields, too much oak – all these will come back to haunt you.

“We respect our Pinot Noir vines growing in a cool climate in our stony gravel soil with naturally modest yields. Slow ripening berries are handpicked and crafted into wine with minimal interference. We want the terroir to express itself in the wine, so even our barrel selection will respect the delicate fruit of our wines,” adds Conrad.

Tickets for the Burgundy Lover’s Festival cost R150 and are available from, Wine Concepts Newlands and Wineconcepts on Kloof, or for R170 at the door.

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