This is a stunning wine that highlights the beauty and complexity to be found from a South African Pinot Noir. Minty fynbos and forest notes greet the nose upon first whiff, followed by a core of rich cherry and currant tones that are dusted by earth and cola spice. A subtle umami-like, wild-mushroom accent lends additional depth. The medium-weight palate boasts a satiny texture that's full of ripe fruit expression, yet not overdone. The long, evolving finish transitions seamlessly from fleshy berry to cherry skin then earth and bark before landing on a note of lightly toasted oak. Well balanced and complete, this is delicious now but should cellar and develop well through 2026.
Reviews wines from South Africa and Languedoc-Roussillon.
Buzzeo joined Wine Enthusiast Magazine
in 2006 as a tasting coordinator, and eventually became Tasting Director and Senior Editor, previously responsible for overseeing all aspects of the tasting and review program. Most recently, Buzzeo assumed the role of Managing Editor. Since coming to Wine Enthusiast
, she has made it one of her personal missions to promote the acceptance of cross-drinking, encouraging everyone to embrace finely crafted libations across all beverage categories. Buzzeo is also an avid homebrewer and a member of the AHA (American Homebrewers Association).