Offering a lively introduction to the premium quality of this grape variety from the cooler climes of SA. A spicy Pinot Noir full of black fruit flavours, but with notes of dried herbs, clove, nutmeg and vanilla.
An internationally hailed family business in Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, founded by Dave and Felicity Johnson (née Newton), now run by their sons: marketer Bevan, winemaker Gordon with wife Nadia. Pinot noir and chardonnay are specialities, complemented by other varieties and styles, all expertly crafted with an integrity that comes from the family philosophy: be honest and true, respect the terroir. This approach, in conjunction with insights gained in Burgundy into the benefits of extended elevage, and allowing wines to enhance and develop without filtration, sees the Family Vineyards wines being bottled several months later than before. Gordon and Nadia believe it reinforces their more natural approach, and acknowledge that wines off the more mature vineyards are less accessible in youth than they once were.