Pinot Noir "Grand Duc" 2013 (1.5L)
From time to time when the stars align, Hans is able to produce not only a gorgeous Pinot Noir, but a ‘Grand Duc’. We handpicked the grapes from a sacrificial low yield of 600g/vine from selected rows with a higher clay content to achieve natural concentration and complexity. 2013 provided a long growing season, enhancing flavours and aromas that resulted in this very special Pinot Noir.
The extended cold soak followed a natural, wild yeast fermentation over 20 days. After gentle pressing the wine was then transferred to French barriques (50% new) where it progressed through malolactic fermentation and aged on its fine lees for an invaluable 24 months, making it a contender to last the ages. No fining, no filtration.
From the origins of the Herzog* name itself, this regal Pinot Noir is aptly dubbed the ‘Grand Duc’. A gorgeous array of strawberry compote, smoky vanilla and rich nougat aromas cloak a mouthwatering palette of tart cherries and velvety soft tannins. Its ruby rich colour is complimented by a long, luscious finish, fit for any member of the monarch. Restrained, elegant and complex.