Alexander Grier, assistant winemaker at La Vierge, has done a good job with the maiden 2014 vintage of his own-label Stand Alone Pinot Noir [correction: Grier left La Vierge for Villiera at the end of April]. Grapes from the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, the wine went through spontaneous fermentation with 20% whole bunch, maturation lasting 10 months in older oak barrels.
On the nose, plenty of red fruit – cherry, red currant and strawberry – but also a pretty red rose note as well as beetroot and spice. The palate meanwhile is medium bodied with fresh acidity and a savoury finish. Quite tight now, a year or three in bottle should serve it well. Price: R225 a bottle.
Editor’s rating: 91/100.
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