The recent Hemel-en-Aarde Pinot Noir Celebration highlighted the greatness of the 2017 Pinot Noir vintage. The fickle variety, planted in a more marginal climate, achieved a thrilling level of bright fruit and depth in 2017. Combined with maturing vineyards and collaboration between new and older producers, the quality in the valley has reached an all-time high.
Discussed at the event was Hemel-en-Aarde’s stature compared to other international benchmarks. After gathering the metrics from 6 wine key regions, see the full write-up on Daily Maverick, the picture becomes clear. Hemel-en-Aarde produces world-class Pinot, at low prices and in very small volumes. The average Pinot Noir price is a fraction of Vosne-Romanée’s average and half that of Oregon in the USA.
The best value to be found in the valley is Corlea Fourie’s Bosman Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Pinot Noir 2017 which punches well above its weight. The granite-strewn ‘Upper’ ward produces more aromatics and finer acidity compared to the ‘Valley’ and ‘Ridge’ wards. The 2017 Bosman shows typical Hemel-en-Aarde purity, combined with classy tannins and fine elegance. It’s simply cracking for the price.
Browse through all the 2017 Pinot Noirs online or join us in tasting the 2017s in Johannesburg and Cape Town.
Bosman, Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Pinot Noir 2017
Produced from southern-facing vineyards in the ‘Upper’ ward, it delivers a cooler, more fragrant Pinot Noir expression. The 2017 vintage is more serious than the price suggests; with superb concentration, fine acidity and firm tannins. Remarkable depth and a classy structure suggest it will age well for 5 years, possibly further. Simply cracking for the price. – Roland Peens (February 2019)
Vibrant purple heart with cerise rim. Rich, bright fresh berries, a slight earthiness and subtle spicy notes. Medium to full-bodied palate where soft tannins contribute to a fine structure. A balanced wine with a lingering, memorable finish. – Bosman Family Vineyards