Moya Meaker, Pinot Noir 750ml 2018South Africa, Elgin
'The nose shows floral perfume before red and black fruit plus a hint of reduction. The palate shows lovely fruit purity, fresh acidity and fine tannins. The wine has some breadth (alcohol is 14%) but it’s not weighty and comes across as very deftly made.' – Christian Eedes, WineMag.co.za, 93/100
'Moya Meaker uses the 667 and 777 Pinot Noir clones, established on Bokkeveld shale soils in Elgin, to make this bold, deeply coloured red, which is more California than Burgundy in style. Assertively oaked, it has smoky damson and black cherry fruit and tangy acidity. Drink 2020-25.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2019, 91/100
'This wine is all about perfume, purity of red and black fruit, vibrancy and texture. On the palate the wine exhibits intense yet elegant concentration of red and black fruit, all with an underlying earthiness. There is a striking weight of fruit, length and texture on this wine, with silky tannins coating the palate.' – Jean Smit, Winemaker
Alc: 14.1% | RS: 1.5 g/L | TA: 5.4 g/L | PH: 3.39
About Moya Meaker:
Established in 2010 by Canadian-born David Curl, the former owner of Château Gaby in Bordeaux, and South African-born Genevieve Hamilton-Brown, this Elgin property lies in an amphitheatre formed by the Hottentots-Holland, Groenland and Kogelberg Mountains. The 3-ha parcel of ancient Bokkeveld shale soils offers the perfect terroir for cultivating this elusive Burgundian grape.
At this high altitude, the vines are exposed to large diurnal shifts giving the Pinot Noir its bright acidity and lovely, plush fruit density. Produced from high-density plantings of Dijon 667 and 777 heritage clones, together with Jean’s deft winemaking, makes for a delicious, on-point Elgin Pinot at a great price. It offers excellent drinking while being serious enough to evolve over the next 5 years or so.
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