A little more savoury than her Nom Pinot from Elandskloof - this is light and floral-herbal, with violets, bracken and undergrowth, a a whiff of leather and shoe polish and cocoa. The palate is much brighter- loaded with cherry fruit, semi-dried cranberries and pomegranate, but also some savoury notes there too. Very sleek and fragrant.
Since Jessica Saurwein produced her first wine at Stellenbosch University, she has been trying to redeem her family’s reputation in wine. Steeped in the history of 17th century winemaking, her forefathers made “sour” wine for the Duke of Austria! Luckily, now Jessica makes Pinot Noir rather than sour wine.
FROM THE PRESS
“Om - not to be confused with Nom - is Jessica Saurwein's Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge Pinot Noir, made in a silky, lacy, almost defiantly elegant style with scented 25% new wood, racy acidity and flavours of pomegranate, citrus and raspberry coulis. Drink 2022-27”Tim Atkin MW, SA Report 2021
“While the Saurwein Nom and Om cuvees exhibit similar youthful foresty aromatics of savoury red and black berry fruits, bramble berry spice and a roasted cashew nut complexity, it’s on the palate that the real brilliance of the Om cuvee is revealed. Utterly vivacious and vibrant, refreshingly tart and fresh, boasting notes of cranberry, red cherries, pomegranates and blood oranges with a beguiling stony mineral tannin seam running through the wine. The wine finishes with hints of espresso, exotic sweet baking spices and a supremely sleek harmonious length. This is a class act, both sophisticated and seamlessly balanced. A new benchmark for Jessica. Bravo! 95 points. Drink now and over 10-15 years.”Greg Sherwood MW
“The 2020 Pinot Noir Om has a bit more finesse and nuance and perhaps a touch more mineralité compared to the Nom Pinot Noir, offering vivacious red cherry and raspberry preserve scents. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, and quite piquant, like the Nom, if perhaps revealing a little more balsamic infusing the red fruit toward the finish. Enjoy this over several years. 92 points, drink 2022-2032”Neal Martin, Vinous