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Op Die Berg Pinot Noir 2022

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.

Grilled trout with bacon and green beans, lobster and pea ravioli with cream, wild mushrooms and polenta with goat cheese and herbs.
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 winte rtemperatures frequently dropping below freezing. The cool nighttime temperature and warmer day time temperature ensured wines with great concentration in 2022, the compact bunches and small berries also added to that. 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 2022 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.

2022

  • Platter's Guide 2024 4 ½ Stars (94 Points)
  • Veritas Awards 2023 Double Gold

2021

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

2020

  • 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

2019

  • 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)

2018

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

2017

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

2016

  • Platter's Guide 4 1/2 Stars

2015     

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

2014     

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

2013     

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

2012     

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

2010     

  • Top 100 SA Wines 2013
  • Veritas Awards 2017 Gold

2009     

  • Platter's 4 Stars

2007     

  • Platter's 4 Stars

2006     

  • Winemakers Choice Awards Diamond