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Die Kat se Snor Pinot Noir 2015

Die Kat se Snor Pinot Noir 2015
Lands on its feet.

Gerhard Smith, who’s day job is at Creation Wines  in the Upper Hemel en Aarde, also makes a Pinot Noir under his own label called Die Kat se Snor, this being the second vintage. Grapes come from a site 2km beyond the appellation border on the way to Shaw’s Pass between Hermanus and Caledon and winemaking involved 20% whole-bunch fermentation before maturation lasting 10 months in older French oak.

The nose shows a musky top note before cherry, cranberry and wild strawberry plus a little pepper and spice while the palate is marked by succulent fruit, fresh acidity and fine tannins – perhaps a little denser than the maiden 2014 (see here). With an alcohol of 14%, it’s none too slight and the more appealing for it. Approximate retail price is R285 a bottle.

Editor’s rating: 91/100.

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