Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Winters Drift Pinot Noir 2013 92+ Points

One of the most exciting Pinot Noir to come out of Elgin of late, this relatively new and unknown producer, as far as the brand is concerned on the market at large, we have to take note of Winter’s Drift wines, and this Pinot just have no link to their previous vintages, this is rockstar in the making, this 2013 reminds me of the late 90’s and early 2000’s vintages of Chamonix Reserve Pinot, one of South Africa’s most consistent and serious offering of the variety, they share a lot of similarities structurally.

It will be good to see if they can maintain that integrity and purity, with following vintages as this will be a force majeur to be reckoned with not only in Elgin but South African Pinot Noir as a whole.

Perfectly bright red fruits, just the right amount of spicy oak, nuanced with textural complexity, delicately gritty tannins, persistent and engaging length.

Conservative rating, may well rate higher, when reviewed in a few years time!

Alcohol: moderate plus| 13.5 %abv

Origin: Elgin

Notes: cherries| strawberries| raspberries | pine | spicy

Ideal drinking occasions: anytime and any special occasions

Serve with: five spice roasted duck breast, served medium rare

Drink: now until 2023+