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Lothian Vineyards Elgin Pinot Noir South African Red Wine 750mL

Lothian Vineyards Elgin Pinot Noir South African Red Wine 750mL
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ratings for previous vintage- Neal Martin 89 Points Wine Spectator May 2015 "Alluring, cinnamon-infused cherry and raspberry coulis flavors form the core, while subtle sous-bois and black tea hints line the finish. Drink now. 1,000 cases made." –JM

89 Points Wine Enthusiast March 2015 "Cherry, strawberry and boysenberry fruit tones dance on the nose and mouth of this ripe, attractive wine. Shadings of bramble and sweet spice add depth to the fresh and lively palate, ending clean and mouthwatering. Drink now–2016." - Lauren Buzzeo

"Lothian Vineyards is a relatively new name in Elgin, the first vintage released in 2010, albeit in very small quantities. Its name derives from the fact that proprietor Gavin Wilson’s ancestors all had Lothian in their name (nothing to do with a wall as suggested in Platter’s Guide.) He is based in the Cape but happened to be in the UK where I met him to taste current releases. Though many moons ago his family was once proprietors of the famous Stellenbosch property Rust en Vrede, he spent his formative years working in a wine retail outlet in Jersey before realizing that he was never going to make money and embarked upon a successful career in finance. “I wanted to go back to what my grandmother and mother had done when they owned Rust en Vrede,” he explained. “So I started looking around the Cape in 2003. I came close to buying in Franschhoek when somebody said that there was a property in Elgin for sale that was located in the Kogelberg National Park.

     I ploughed pretty much everything I had made in finance into the estate, which had been a protea farm that had been ignored for a number of years.” Gavin relied on his viticulturalist for advice what to plant. “I wanted to plant Pinot, Chardonnay and Riesling, but my viticulturalist said we have to have Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz and so forth. We planted them all, but the Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc have been grafted out and we doubled the amount of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The viticulturalist was fired. The estate is now run by my brother Ewen with former De Morgenzon winemaker Stephan Gerber as winemaker and Kevin Watt as a consultant. Kevin has turned it round because it wasn’t what I wanted it to be.”

     The 13.5-hectare vineyard runs alongside the Palmiet River, which at the time of meeting Gavin had broken its banks and flooded much of the estate (although the vines looked to be safe on higher ground by the photos he showed me). All the fruit currently comes directly from the estate but he might out-source some Shiraz in the future. The Chardonnay undergoes a natural ferment and spends around six month’s aging on the lees, after which it is racked with the lees stirred twice a week. Gavin told me that when Stephan joined Lothian Vineyards, he gave him two bottles of Puligny-Montrachet from Etienne Sauzet and said, “This is what I want.”

 

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