Xander Grier, son of extreme adventurer and chef David, is winemaker at Villiera in Stellenbosch (where his uncle Simon is viticulturist) but also makes his own Pinot Noir under the Stand Alone label. Current release is the 2015, fruit from Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge. The nose shows rose water and cherry while the palate is light-bodied (alcohol: 13.5%) with fresh acidity and fine tannins, the finish gently savoury. It’s a pretty and very appealing take on the variety – price: R225 a bottle.
Editor’s rating: 90/100.
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