Grapes were hand-picked and hand-sorted, with spontaneous fermentation is spontaneous, minimum of 10 months in 228 liter French oak barrels (new and older). Strawberries, red and black cherries, plums, exotic spices, beetroot earthiness, fresh hibiscus, fruit-coated tannin, all with a crisp acidity.
Producer Information: Saurwein
Jessica Saurwein’s family name is steeped in the history of 17th-century winemaking, her forefathers made “sour” wine for the Emperor of Austria. It became her vocation to redeem her family’s reputation in wine and so after a gap year working locally and internationally in vineyards, she completed a BSc Oenology and Viticulture degree at Stellenbosch University, South Africa.
Opportunities then led her into the world of Sales and Marketing at first, while she worked in the cellar each year during harvest-time. She found her way back to making wine by starting her own production part-time in 2015. When she had a baby in October 2017 she resigned from her job to become a mother and full-time winemaker for her own brand.
Today she focusses on handcrafting her two favourite cultivars, Pinot noir and Riesling, and makes three wines under the Saurwein brand name, two Pinot noirs and one Riesling. She has a hands-off winemaking approach and creates wines of real substance and elegance. She is guided by the natural balance of the grapes for the three unique sites.