Winery Location: Hemel en Aarde, Hermanus
Winemaker: Marc van Halderen
Background: The winery, Domaine des Dieux, is nestled beneath the highest mountain on the Hemel en Aarde Ridge, near Hermanus. Benefitting from the cool climate and suitable soils the first wines from the farm were bottled in 2006 and today they offer a selection of no less than six wines comprising whites, reds and two Cap Classiques. To celebrate their 10th anniversary they recently held a vertical tasting of four consecutive years of both their bubblies namely the Caudia Brut and the Rose of Sharon Brut Rose. As a fan of this rose bubbly I was hugely impressed with how the vintages, from 2007 to 2010, had stood the test of time. Of course they had been correctly cellared which is important for the longevity of any wine worth maturing. The 2007 had developed a sophisticated rich elegance with remnants of strawberry flan and a wine that could be safely partnered with grilled Norwegian Salmon. The 08 was similar with the familiarity of rich elegance yet with more raspberry fruit and the 2010 (not yet released but a few bottles disgorged for the tasting) promising a long journey for collectors.
But it was the 2009 that stood out at the tasting and too confirm this we opened another bottle a few days later and the feeling was the same – outstanding!
The wine is 100% Pinot Noir which is grown on Domaine Des Dieux’s Hemel en Aarde Ridge farm. To extract its beautiful salmon pink sunset colour the juice was bled off from the press at the optimum time after which it was then transferred to stainless steel tanks for fermentation, with a small portion being fermented in new oak barrels which gives the wine added complexity. After secondary fermentation in bottle the wine was left on the lees for three years prior to disgorging.
Result: Bronze hues with aromas of red currant, cherry and wild strawberry with hint’s of spice. Flavours of wild berries abound on the palate along with subtle combination of structure, length and vivacity.
When to drink: now till 2018
Drink with what: Delicious with seafood and sushi dishes
Expect to pay: R203.00