Produced from the famed Kaaimansgat 700m above sea level, from the excellent 2021 vintage. The wine offers intensity and power without weight, with silky tannins and fresh acidity. Mixed red and dark berry fruit, rose hip, lifted cocoa and umami notes and orange rind character imparted by the vineyard site. Will gain great further complexity with age.
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.
FROM THE PRESS
“Red and black cherry, some flinty reduction and floral perfume on the nose while the palate possesses a great core of fruit, bright acidity and pleasantly firm tannins. More concentrated and forceful than Om but perhaps more obvious, too. 94 points”Christian Eedes, winemag.co.za