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Cape Chamonix - Feldspar Pinot Noir 2017

Red Wine from Paarl · South Africa
£19.50 £15.00
Case Rate: £15.00
Ex Tax: £12.50
Country:
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
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16 pts  JancisRobinson.com
Country:
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

Wine tasting notes

The Feldspar Pinot Noir has a bright red colour. The bouquet is complex with scents recalling wild berries, spice, sour cherries and violets. On the palate the wine shows medium body with fruit flavours balanced elegantly bt tannins in a long finish.

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 an engineering background combined with old world principles an underground cellar was built. An underground passage leads one through the cellar up into the Blacksmith’s Cottage, built in the late 1700s which now houses the Winetasting Room and Sales. Chamonix has around 50 hectares under vineyard. As purists, they believe that to produce a wine of character, containing all elements of grape, unique terroir, and process, it is essential that only Chamonix grapes are used. Against the mountain, the farm benefits from cool breezes during hot summer months and stony, clay-rich soil, giving the wines the unique personality and character which make up the Chamonix story.

Expert reviews

JancisRobinson.com (2015) - 16 pts

Tasted Oct 2016 - Very light ruby. Sweet, almost toffeed, strawberry fruit. Scented, delicate, and attractively dry on the palate even with the sweetness of fruit. Fine tannins. Moreish, juicy, better on the palate than I had expected from the nose. (JH)


Tim Atkin (2016) - 91 pts

Feldspar is sourced from the younger blocks at Chamonix, although some of those are now into their third decade. Elegant, pure and refined with easy drinking strawberry fruit, bright acidity and well judged 30% new oak. Very quaffable. 2017-22

Vinification notes

10% whole bunch are hand-selected on sorting tables and fermented in stainless steel vats (maceration carbonique) at 22-28° C for 10 days on the skins. The rest is destemmed and fermented in open oak vats for 14 days. After malolactic fermentation the wine of about 13.5% alcohol is matured for 16 months in 228l s French oak barrels with 30% new wood.