Ernst Gouws & Co Pinot Noir, Western Cape 2017
The Ernst Gouws Pinot Noir is a superb example of this difficult to grow varietal. The wine shows outstanding depths of flavour gained from it's time aged in oak casks and from the unique 'terroir' of Stellenbosch. With sublime flavours of dary cherry, chocolate and it's earthey spicy characteristic this wine will pair wonderfully with veal, duck and venison.
Ernst & Gouws is a family owned business in the heart of Stellenbosch, South Africa. Synonymous with producing quality South African wines which are rich in heritage, tradition and driven by a profound passion for wine and family values. In 1975 a dapper and enthusiastic Ernst travelled to Europe, under his father's instructions not to return to South Africa until he had mastered the art of winemaking. During his voyage of discovery to France and Germany he missed his childhood sweetheart, Gwenda and invited her to visit. After falling madly in love they decided to marry there and then. Forty years later, three children and many Gouws grandchildren later, Ernst and Gwenda still run the family business alongside their three children, Ezanne, Ernst Jnr and Inke.
Ernst subscribes to the French philosophy that the quality of the grape is inextricably linked to the "terroir", sohe travels to various regions throughout the Western Cape and handpicks his grapes in the areas where they naturally grow at their very best.
The wine was matured for 18 months in a selection of new and second fill French oak barrels.
With multiple layers of flavour, the immediate aromas are of raspberry and dark cherry. The flavours of the Pinot Noir are subtle and embraced by a deeper sense of spice, earth and dark chocolate.
A fine partner for rich terrines, veal, venison and Mediterranean cuisine.
Pinot Noir 100%
South Africa. Region: Western Cape
Body Value: C (A is light, E is full bodied)
Residual Sugar: 2.2
Contains Sulphites: Yes