The maiden vintage Pinot Noir 2011 from the renowned Giorgio Dalla Cia was serious and demanding, perhaps too much so. He declined to release a 2012 and now the 2013 is upon us, the wine showing more charm and elegance than the 2011 at the same stage, at least to my mind.
From a 15-year-old Polkadraai Hills block planted to clone 777, it was matured for 18 months in 100% new French oak – some six months longer in barrel than the 2011 and this evidently has helped integration.
The nose is as beguiling as you’d hope from Pinot. Cherries, musk, red roses, vanilla, spice and smoke. It’s really fresh and juicy on entry before the firm but fine tannins kick in, providing a spicy, almost peppery sensation.
What I like about the wine is that it combines lovely fruit definition with plenty of structure which is often absent in other local examples of the variety. Difficult to resist now but should be even better in two years’ time. Approximate retail price: R590 a bottle.