Saurwein new releases
By Christian Eedes, 21 June 2021
Jessica Saurwein presents a contrast in terroir, making two examples of Pinot Noir, the first called Nom using grapes sourced from Elandskloof and the second called Om from Hemel en Aarde Ridge. Winemaking is the same in both instances – some 10% whole-bunch fermentation before maturation lasting 10 months, 20 to 30% new – meaning that site is the only variable. Tasting notes and ratings for the newly released 2020s as follows:
Saurwein Nom Pinot Noir 2020
Very fragrant aromatics with notes of rose, musk, and spice before plum and red cherry. The palate is luscious – nice fruit weight, moderate acidity, and soft, powdery tannins. Alcohol: 14.17%.
CE’s rating: 91/100.
Saurwein Om Pinot Noir 2020
A hint of flinty reduction before rose and red cherry. The palate has a smart linearity about it – lovely clarity of fruit, bright acidity, and crunchy tannins. Well-balanced and energetic. Alcohol: 13.5%.
CE’s rating: 93/100.
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