Originally grain and sheep farmers, the Joubert family established vineyards on their farm Dassieklip near the town of Vermaaklikheid on the Cape South Coast in 2009, a cellar in turn erected outside nearby Riversdale, and so Baleia Wines was born.
Pinot Noir is a speciality and the current release 2014 is somewhat rustic but very appealing. A rim which is starting to brown suggests some premature development or at least oxidative handling. On the nose, macerated strawberries, orange peel, a hint of earth and spice. The palate, meanwhile, is rich and full with bright acidity and soft tannins. Perhaps not a classic rendition but certainly characterful. Price: R180 a bottle.
Editor’s rating: 87/100.
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