From the beautifully named Place of the Gods Farm on the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, the 2022 is an energetic and concentrated wine with serious ageing potential. Exotic spice on the nose sprinkled over strawberries, plums and cherries, with a beautiful hibiscus and fruit-coated palate, crisp acidity and medium body. Poised and beautifully balanced.
Saurwein is Jessica's family name. Steeped in the history of the 17th century winemaking, her forefathers made 'sour' wine for the Emperor of Austria and it has been Jessica's vocation to redeem her family's reputation ever since! She produced just 3 barrels of her maiden vintage Nom Pinot from the celebrated Kaimansgaat vineyard, so-named for a forgotten African goddess of agriculture, and in just a few years, has added another Pinot and Riesling to the range. The future is looking very bright for Saurwein, with the announcement in August 2021 of a new home for them on a farm just outside Stanford, the imminent planting of a vineyard and full-scale regenerative agriculture project.