Winemaker – Nico Grobler
Varietals – 100% Pinot Noir
Origin – Glen Erskine, Wallovale, Smarag, Elgin Valley
Clone – PN 115, PN 667 and PN B52
Age of vines – 7 to 12 years
Soil – Bokkeveld shale with some rocky Ferricrete sections.
Planting density – ranging from 4 000 to 10 000 vines/ Ha
Elevation – 280 to 350 metres above sea level
Yield – 6 to 10 Tons/ Ha
Vinification – 30% Whole bunch fermented. 10 Day cold soaking before fermentation.
Spontaneous fermentation in small open fermenters. One to two punch downs per day.
Fermentation temperatures around 28 - 32°C. Soft pressing and settling for one week before going to barrels
Oaking – 10 months, 228L, 300L and 500L 'untoasted' barrels. All 2nd, 3rd and 4th fill. Oak from forest Pierre du Bourgogne. Barrels are custom made for La Brune by Nico and Bruno Lorenzon.
Winemakers Notes – It's all about strawberries and cherries, some citrus notes with a fresh and pure profile. Linear, tight with red fruit and a beautiful soft texture with a long pure finish.
Production – 2 000 cases x 6
Ageing Potential – 4 to 7 years.
Made in Elgin, South Africa.
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