This site is the original source for Stompie's Pinot Noir. Planted in 2000, and named after the nearby river, it has 3,500 vines per hectare with North-South rows on a southwest facing slope, allowing for more even ripening. Since 2013 there has not been a single spray on the vineyard with the plan of having it certified in 2018. The soils are mostly “Koue Bokkeveld” shale with table mountain sandstone and clay as building blocks at an altitude of 1,000 feet.
The grapes were hand harvested into small picking bins with pH in mind on the harvest date. No oxidation is allowed before ferment, 70% is made 100% carbonic, so no crushing of the grapes. The rest of grapes are fermented 100% whole bunch, crushed, with one punch down daily. The wine ferments warm at 85°F for about 10 days and then spends another 22 days “post ferment” on the skins for tannin integration. A gentle pressing to barrel and a nice resting period of 11 months on the gross lees in old French oak, after which the wine was blended and bottled in April 2015, unfined and unfiltered.
Pale cranberry color. Sour cherries, sweet spices and tarragon aromas are present leading to a palate of cranberry, pomegranate and red cherries tempered by precise acidity and a finely grained, textured mouthfeel. The finish is long, yet angular, with short, firm tannins holding everything in place.
- Region: Elgin
- Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
- Vintage: 2014
- Vineyard: Palmiet Vineyard
- Vine Age: 14 years old
- Clones: Dijon 115
- Yield: 2 tons per acre
- Soil Type: 'Koue Bokkeveld' Quartz riddled Shale with Sandstone & Clay
- TA: 5.4 grams per liter
- pH: 3.7
- Alcohol: 12.83%
- Skin Contact: 32 days
- Oak: 11 months in neutral French barrique followed by 3 months in Stainless Steel
- Production: 200 cases
The Swartland begins roughly 30 miles north of Cape Town and consists of the regions between the towns of Malmesbury in the south, Darling in the west, Piketberg in the north and the Riebeek West and Riebeek Kasteel in the east. Learn More »
J.H. MEYER SIGNATURE WINES
Inspired by many travels to New Zealand, California and Burgundy, Johan Meyer, AKA “Stompie”, has been scouting vineyards hoping to produce the best South Africa can offer, giving honor to the world’s most elite varieties: Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Johan established his namesake winery in 2011, with 2012 seeing the first bottling of these fine wines. Driven by nature and “terroir” the wines show unique flavors and characteristics of the land from which they came. He loves nature and focuses on the vines and site rather than on winemaking recipes or traditions. He says, "I want to make honest and... Learn More »
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