Monday, October 10, 2011

Two Oceans Western Cape Pinot Noir 2011 88 Points

Two Oceans Western Cape Pinot Noir 2011 88 Points

Clear, bright ruby cherry red with slight purple rim, medium concentration and medium viscosity, no gas or sediment.

Clean with medium plus intensity, ripe cherries, strawberries and plums, slight wet earth note, subtle note of spicy oak, probably French oak, possibly very brief sojourn, excellent purity of fruit, still primary!, tutti frutti, but good Pinot definition, ripe.

Dry with some residual sugar, possibly less than 3 RS, with medium plus acidity, medium alcohol (excellent level of 12.5 ABV), low plus tannins, medium bodied, with new flavors of juicy currant, ripe strawberries, cranberries, balance ripeness with good fruit structure, fresh and elegant, brush of oak on texture, medium finish and medium complexity.

Huge step on the already good 2010, 2009 was fine but marred with huge bottle variations! 2011 is better in clour, truer Pinot hue, less alcohol a big bonus and less oak, preserving the integrity of ripe delicate fruit, subtle extraction.

Amazing value for less than R 35 bottle/retail, excellent by the glass, as a good, light to medium bodied red, will work with a versatility if food including gamefish.

For “extra”, enjoyement, this summer served lightly chilled at 12 degrees Celsius.

Now until 2016+