Ghost Corner Pinot Noir 2013

A beautifully crafted Pinot noir with prominent red fruit of ripe cherries and sweet raspberries with an undertone of earthy, mushroom nuances. A silky palate with berries and delicate oak components following through. To be enjoyed on its own, but well paired with a mushroom soup or crispy duck and chicken dishes. A wine to be aged for another 3 – 5 years.

Alcohol 13.5% vol Sugar 3.0 g/l TA 5.8 g/l pH 3.5

Platter’s SA Wine Guide ’15: 4.5 stars – 2013 vintage
Robert Parker ’14: 90 points – 2013 vintage
Platter’s SA Wine Guide ’14: 4 stars – 2012 vintage

Facing: South
Soil types: Bokkeveld Slate, Koffieklip and Gravel
Age of vines: 11 years
Vineyard area: 1.2 ha
Yield per hectare: 8 t/ha
Trellised: Extended 6 wire Perold
Irrigation: Supplementary
Clone: PN9D, PN459 & PN115
Harvest date: 11 – 14 February 2013, each clone picked separately
Degree balling at harvest: Early morning hand harvested pinot noir at 23 – 23.5°B
Vinification: 3 days cold soaking in open fermenter, fermentation starts naturally, then inoculated with selected burgundy yeast, 2 pump overs and 2 punch downs done daily during peak fermentation, maximum temperature 28°C, near the end of fermentation little to no pump overs, only punch downs; Barrel maturation in Burgundy coopers for 9 months, 20% new oak, 2nd fill 20%, 3rd fill 30% & 4th fill 30%, 228l French oak barrels
Optimum drinking time: 3 – 5 years after release.

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