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Cape Chamonix - Pinot Noir Reserve 2015

Information

  • Country: South Africa
  • Wine Region: Paarl
  • Wine Area: Franschhoek
  • Wine Maker: Thinus Neethling
  • Grape: Pinot Noir
  • Grape Percentage: 100% Pinot Noir
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13.50
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2020
Duty/Vat Paid
Minimum Qty: (6 btls)
WA: 87 (2015) VS: 91 (2014) JR: 16 (2013) WS: 89 (2014) TA: 93 (2015)

Wine tasting notes

The Chamonix Pinot Noir Reserve shows a ruby red colour, with notes of cherry, wild red berries, crushed black pepper, cinnamon and violets on the nose. Although firm in structure and intense in flavour, textures are mellow and round, expanding with time to extraordinary opulence and length on the palate. It should reach its prime in about 5-8 years after release.

Winery Information

Cape Chamonix

Chamonix Wine Farm is nestled against Mont Rochelle mountain, deep within the rich wine-growing valley of Franschhoek in the Western Cape. Formerly part of historic La Cotte granted to the Huguenots in 1688, Chamonix today comprises some 300 hectares. German-born Chris Hellinger purchased the farm in the early nineties when it was predominantly an export fruit farm. With tenacity and vigor a replanting program began, steadily replanting fruit trees with noble French varieties of vines and with.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2015)87 pts

April 2017 - Neal Martin - The 2015 Pinot Noir Reserve comes from the estate, 10% whole bunch and matured in 450 and 600-liter barrels, 60% new oak for 16 months. It has a slightly minty bouquet that just shaves a little off the varietal expression and purity. The palate is medium-bodied with light tannin, mulberry and cranberry notes here with a slightly bitter finish. If actually feels more mature than it actually is. Not bad, although it does not quite match the 2012 or 2013.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2014)91 pts

May 2017 - Good medium red. Slightly medicinal scents of crushed cherry, raspberry, licorice, spices and menthol, plus a hint of smoked meat. Shows a touch of reduction but also lovely sweetness and pliant texture to its broad, mouthfilling flavors of cherry, red berries, smoke and spices framed by harmonious acidity. A very substantial, youthful, classically dry South African Pinot with fine-grained, firm-edged tannins, a touch of salinity and sneaky lingering perfume. This impressive wine has the energy for mid-term cellaring. -- Stephen Tanzer

JancisRobinson.com (2013)16 pts

Sept 2014 - From three parcels of vineyard, two of 20-year-old and one of 10-year-old vines. Juicy and mildly sweet. Could do with just a tad more fruity freshness.

Wine Spectator (2014)89 pts

Focused and fresh, with bright cherry and raspberry coulis flavors that race along, flecked with dried star anise and cinnamon notes.

Tim Atkin (2015)93 pts

The three best blocks of Pinot on the farm are always used for this reserve bottling, which also sees more new oak (60%) and whole bunches (15%). Minty, spicy and savoury, this is taut and well defined with notes of eucalyptus and red cherry and refreshing acidity. Drink: 2016-21