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Op Die Berg Pinot Noir 2021

R 300.00

A consistent winner of both national and international wine awards, our Pinot Noir is nourished by the unique ‘terroir’ of the Graaff family farm in the Witzenberg Mountain range in Ceres, better known until recently for high quality apples and pears.

At an altitude of 960 meters above sea level, with winter snowfalls often covering the vineyards, a truly continental climate facilitates gradual ripening for a concentrated, luscious, elegant, ‘terroir’ driven wine which, as the vines mature, produces increasingly perfumed wines with each successive vintage.

Carefully handpicked in Ceres in the early hours of the morning, the grapes are vinified by Cellar Master Charles Hopkins in the safety of our cellar at De Grendel.

Mushroom risotto will complement the earthy notes of the wine beautifully. Pinot Noir is light and elegant enough to be enjoyed with poached salmon or even a leek and pecorino tart. Also try it with chicken liver fettuccine.
High on the Witzenberg Mountain range in Ceres, at an altitude of 1,000 meters above sea level, this unique ‘appellation’ exhibits South Africa’s only truly continental climate with winter temperatures frequently dropping below freezing. The later than usual and slow harvest of 2021 was definitely worth the wait. Wine lovers can really look forward to remarkable wines from the 2021 crop. The cooler weather enabled producers to harvest their grapes at exactly the right time, and we are especially excited about good colour extraction, low pH levels and high natural acidity, which all point to exceptional quality wines. These growing conditions ensure that the new 2021 Op Die Berg Pinot Noir will age remarkably well over the next few years.
30% of the hand-picked harvested batch was destalked while the remaining 70% was whole-bunch fermented. Before fermentation, cold maceration was allowed for 4 days. The juice was inoculated with yeast and the fermenting must gently, and only partially, punched down twice a day using the aerated pump-over method. The partial punch-down ensures a longer fermentation period resulting in more colour and flavour development. Following a gentle basket pressing, the wine was transferred to new French Oak barrels for malolactic fermentation before being transferred to a combination of older barrels to mature for 13 months.


  • James Suckling 2022 92 Points
  • Platter's Guide 2023 4 ½ Stars (93 Points)
  • Veritas Awards 2022 Double Gold


  • IWSC 2022 Silver (90 Points)
  • Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards 2022 Gold
  • Platter's Guide 2023 4 ½  Stars (93 Points)
  • SA Terroir Wine Awards 2022 National Winner
  • Tim Atkin Report 2022 90 Points


  • Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2021 Gold
  • Platter's Guide 2022 4 ½ Stars (94 Points)
  • Veritas Awards 2021 Gold 
  • Winemag Pinot Noir Report 2021 Top 10 (93 Points)


  • Platter's Guide 2021 93 Points (4 ½ Stars)
  • Winemag Pinot Noir Report 2020 Top 10


  • Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2020 Trophy
  • Winemag Pinot Noir Report 2019 94 Points (Top Score)


  • Platter's Guide 4 1/2 Stars


  • James Suckling 2018 92 Points
  • Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2018 Trophy
  • Platter's 4 1/2 Stars


  • Platter's 4 1/2 Stars
  • Tonnellerie Saint Martin Pinot Noir Report 2017 91 Points


  • Sakura Japan Women's Wine Awards 2017 Gold
  • SA Terroir Wine Awards 2016 Area Winner
  • Platter's 4 1/2 Stars


  • Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2015 Gold
  • China Wine & Spirits Awards Gold
  • Platter's 4 Stars


  • Top 100 SA Wines 2013
  • Veritas Awards 2017 Gold


  • Platter's 4 Stars


  • Platter's 4 Stars


  • Winemakers Choice Awards Diamond