There seems to be a surge in quality Pinot Noir releases at the moment. This is great news for the consumer as Pinot offers so much but usually comes with a ‘Pinot tax’. Enter Nico Grobler – an extremely accomplished winemaker that still, somehow, flies under the radar.
Responsible for the multi-award-winning Eikendal wines, Nico and his wife have set up La Brune in Elgin and focus solely on Pinot Noir. Hell-bent on making wines with natural acidity, his value Pinot is a great demonstration of this. The La Brune, The Valley Pinot Noir 2016 is bright, offering fresh drinking, and made very much in the style of a Bourgogne Rouge. It has a wonderful nuance of dried cherry fruit, fresh acidity and a subtle earthy undertow. This light red is wonderful on its own but also great with food.
La Brune, The Valley Pinot Noir 2016 – R 135
From winemaker and Eikendal cellar master, Nico Grobler, this is one of two Pinot Noirs that he produces under his own label. ‘The Valley’ is a fresh Bourgogne Rouge style for everyday drinking and has a bright, pretty nose that follows on to a fresh, herbal-laced palate that finishes tangy and salty. Matured in older 500L barrels, the essence of this wine is in its natural and racy acidity. It is well-suited to fish dishes like poached salmon trout, Norwegian salmon or tuna sashimi. Otherwise enjoy it well-chilled to about 14°C on its own. – James Pietersen (March 2018)