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Fryer's Cove, Pinot Noir, Bamboes Bay, 2017

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Attractive, soft ruby tone; pretty cherry and lightly floral aromas. Supple, pleasingly fleshy palate with lots of strawberry and raspberry upfront. We know from experience that this is an attractively fast-maturing Pinot, so savoury and undergrowth hints are beginning to emerge. The oak is subtle and well integrated. It’s a very honest expression of Pinot Noir, lovely with a pan fried loin of pork or a roast chicken. Now-2022 

Fryer's Cove, Pinot Noir, Bamboes Bay, 2017

Product Code: FRY617

Stone, Vine & Sun rating

Medium Bodied

Rated 3 out of 5
Light > Full
  • Origin: South Africa
  • Region: Western Cape
  • Vintage: 2017
  • Colour: Red
  • Bottle Size: 75cl
  • ABV: 12.5%
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On the outskirts of Strandfontein, a peaceful beach resort on the Atlantic coast 300 kilometres north of Cape Town, lies a lonely 6 hectare vineyard 800 metres from the Atlantic Ocean. How it came to be there is a remarkable story. Viticulturist Jan van Zyl knew this area from his experience at the nearby Vredendal co-op, and wanted to try to plant cool-climate varieties. He knew the micro-climate was extra-ordinary: very often the vines here are blanketed in a thick sea-fog, whilst only a few kilometers away inland the sun may be shining and the temperature torrid. He knew too that there was limestone - ideal for both Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir - under the top-soil. He then had to negotiate with a bunch of farmers to pipe in water from the Olifants river 29 kilometres away in order to establish the vines. (This has since proved expensive and problematic, so a desalination plant has been constructed).

Jan’s persistence has paid off. He and his wine-making team turn out one of South Africa’s most interesting and characterful Sauvignon Blancs. We also offer their fragrant, early drinking Pinot Noir - of which they produce less than 300 cases - which has built up a good following and tends to sell quite fast. The quality of their wines and the distinctive nature of their terroir has already demanded that the estate should have its own tiny, but official, geographical entity, Bamboes Bay. Previously the wines have been made in Stellenbosch, but a winery has been constructed right on the dockside in nearby Doring Bay - water-cooled!

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