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    Sneeuwkrans
    Pinot Noir

    COGH Sneeuwkrans Pinot Noir

    Sneeuwkrans Pinot Noir 2019

    Sneeuwkrans Pinot noir presents with a perfumed floral nose, cherry blossom, ripe plum and raspberry aromatics. In typical Pinot Noir character, it displays approachability with complexity and subtle nuance, while remaining succulent and generous.There is a guile and mystery to this wine. Broad and laidback on entry, it offers bright red fruits but then also subtler, earthy, deep forest floor intensity. Silky, refined and pliable, with a powerful core and backbone from integrated oak. Poised and long rewarding

    Accolades: 93 Points – Tim Atkin MW, 90 Points – Platter’s SA

    COGH Sneeuwkrans Pinot Noir

    Sneeuwkrans Pinot Noir 2018

    Trademark vivid black cherry, blueberry and spice aromas with a hint of autumn leaf and graphite. Complex but light. That same deftness and complexity is apparent in the mouth: flavours of cocoa, turned earth or forest floor with spiced black berry fruit. Soft textured and velvety with gentle tannin squeeze and an undertone of power and depth. A nuanced, poised wine which is simultaneously ethereal and brooding. Good body, balance and length.

    COGH Sneeuwkrans Pinot Noir

    Sneeuwkrans Pinot Noir 2017

    Bright berry fruit aromas – cherry, blueberry and In the mouth the wine is succulent, bright and fresh with those same berry notes apparent. There is a lively vibrance to the wines, with subtle spice and oak sheen. Throughout, the wine remains beautifully structured, poised and elegant. It’s deceptively light and approachable because it is powerful well integrated and unobtrusive oak frames the fruit beautifully.

    Accolades: 4* – Platters.

    COGH Sneeuwkrans Pinot Noir

    Sneeuwkrans Pinot Noir 2016

    Delicate hints of rose petal with red berries being most prominent. Light brush of vanilla and sandalwood. The palate offers up bright red cherries and strawberries. Deliciously alluring with deeper, spice nuance. Elegant, refined and poised with a solid core of fruit ably supported by integrated, seamless barrel maturation. Creamy oak richness which lingers long. A wine which changes in the glass but always holds your interest.

    Accolades: 4* – Platters.

    COGH Sneeuwkrans Pinot Noir

    Sneeuwkrans Pinot Noir 2015

    Shy notes of forest floor, autumn leaves and mushroom with red berry fruit whiffs and some spice. The palate is deceptively light-bodied and soft on entry — with reticent bright red berry flavours. Then the wine reveals its firm core of dark, nuanced brambles and blackcurrant with smoky oak flavours. Pronounced but gentle grip of tannin from oak which is well integrated. Ephemeral, elegant and lithe with a long, refined tail.

    COGH Sneeuwkrans Pinot Noir

    Sneeuwkrans Pinot Noir 2014

    Expressive blueberry, raspberry and cherry fruit with distinctive spice whiffs. Lively and lightly perky in the mouth with bright red and blue berry fruits initially — and then a deeper, darker spice and black fruit nuance reveals itself. Alluring and serious with good density and concentration. Fine oak tannin matches the fruit and is almost unobtrusive. Rich, tensile and pliable with a lingering aftertaste.

    Winemaking

    This vineyard was picked in 2 stages, the bottom part of the vineyard separately from the top part, there being a slight difference in ripening as well as different clones, each contributing to a range of flavours and variation in structure. Grapes were hand-picked into small lug-boxes in the early morning and transported to the cellar in refrigerated trucks. All the fruit was de-stemmed and then fermented in old wooden 3 ton tanks and small 1 ton open top Stainless steel tanks.These grapes were worked very gently during fermentation. After fermentation the wine was aged in old 225L French oak barrels for 10 months and finally bottle aged for 2 years.

    Vintage Notes

    The 2019 vintage was later and cooler than usual. The previous vintages were very dry with 2019 by contrast having ample rain and cold weather. Strong winds were experienced in flowering season resulting in a smaller crop with looser bunches and smaller berries, and thus more flavor and color concentration in the resultant wine.The slower ripening resulted in good phenolic ripeness with well-balanced acidity levels.

    Origin of Fruit

    Elandskloof

    Winemaking

    Due to the slight variation in ripening and different clones the vineyard was harvested in two sections: the bottom part of the vineyard separately from the top section. Each section contributes different flavour and structure. Grapes were hand-picked into small lug-boxes in the early morning and transported to the cellar in refrigerated trucks. All the fruit was de-stemmed and then fermented in old wooden tanks and small 1ton open top Stainless steel tanks. These grapes were worked very gently during fermentation and after fermentation the wine was aged in old 225L French oak barrels for 10 months before being bottled and finally aged for 2 years.

    Vintage Notes

    The 2018 vintage was the last of a couple of very dry vintages, the harvest was slightly later than 2017, and the dry weather resulting in smaller berries, and thus more flavor and color concentration in the wine. We had good rains after the picking season and therefore ideal conditions and renewed optimism for 2019 vintage.

    Origin of Fruit

    Elandskloof

    Winemaking

    This vineyard was picked in 2 stages, the bottom part of the vineyard separate to the top part. The reason is a slight difference in ripening and different clones, each contributing to a range of flavours and structure. Grapes were hand-picked into small lug-boxes in the early morning and transported to the cellar in refrigerated trucks.

    All the fruit was de-stemmed and then fermented in old wooden tanks and small 1ton open-top stainless steel tanks. These grapes were worked very gently during fermentation and after fermentation, the wine was aged in old 225L French oak barrels for 10 months before being bottled. Bottle aged for 2 years.

    Origin of Fruit

    Elandskloof – Overberg

    Winemaking

    This vineyard was picked in 2 stages, the bottom part of the vineyard separate to the top part. The reason is a slight difference in ripening and different clones, each contributing to a range of flavours and structure. Grapes were hand-picked into small lug-boxes in the early morning and transported to the cellar in refrigerated trucks.

    All the fruit was de-stemmed and then fermented in old wooden tanks and small 1ton open-top stainless steel tanks. These grapes were worked very gently during fermentation and after fermentation, the wine was aged in old 225L French oak barrels for 10 months before being bottled. Bottle aged for 2 years.

    Origin of Fruit

    Elandskloof – Overberg

    Winemaking

    This vineyard was picked in 2 stages, the bottom part of the vineyard separate to the top part. The reason is a slight difference in ripening and different clones , each contributing to a range of flavours and structure . Grapes were hand-picked into small lug-boxes in the early morning and transported to the cellar in refrigerated trucks.

    All the fruit was de-stemmed and then fermented in old wooden tanks and small lton open top stainless steel tanks. These grapes were worked very gently during fermentation and after fermentation the wine was aged in old 2251 French oak barrels for 10 months before being bottled. Bottle-aged for 2 years.

    Origin of Fruit

    Elandskloof – Overberg

    Winemaking

    This vineyard were picked in 2 stages, the bottom part of the vineyard separate to the top part. The reason is slight difference in ripening and different clones ,each contributing to a range of flavours and structure . Grapes were hand-picked into small lug-boxes in the early morning and transported to the cellar in refrigerated trucks.

    All the fruit was de-stemmed and then fermented in old wooden tanks and small lton open top Stainless steel tanks. These grapes were worked very gently during fermentation and after fermentation the wine were aged in old 225L French oak barrels for 10 months before bottled. Bottle aged for 2 years.

    Origin of Fruit

    Elandskloof – Overberg