2017 Vintage: Pinot Noir - Light French Oak gives elegant structure. A full delicate nose with red berry notes. Low tannins and long in the mouth.
Demesne: (n)/di’mein, di’mi:n – The Lord’s waste. A piece of land attached to the manor and retained by the owner (the Lord) for their own use;
The Climate of Plettenberg Bay, seems to be ideal for the production of Pinot Noir. Our vineyard is in an area called The Crags, about 20km east of Plett.
The area is mountainous and the vines are planted on the edge of a deep gorge. Fresh sea breezes funnel up the gorge ensuring that temperatures are seldom higher than the low-to-mid twenties and we (and the vines) are spared the intense heat of the Western Cape winelands. Young as it is, it displays several of the important characteristics: good legs, exceptional colour, definite structure. The tannins are very gentle. Second-fill barrels were used, so the wood is very light, and the acids are good.
That Wine Demesne was chosen by the FRIENDS OF KURLAND FOUNDATION to represent the value a small local venture has in long-term support in a poor area: permanent, full-time employment in a learning environment. This Dutch foundation is run by Marc Schoon at Madiba Travel and Pieter van Rensburg, a local Plettenberg Bay resident. Through this foundation, funds are raised to run various projects in Kurland Village. Its aims are ambitious, but simple: uplifting the community, in particular the youth, by developing and improving the welfare of the community.