Discover the many shades of this elegant red varietal.
Known as the “heartbreak grape” (for its susceptibility to the elements and the time and attention it requires), Pinot Noir is celebrated annually on 18 August: National Pinot Noir Day. This winter, fans are in for even more of a treat, with Haute Cabrière’s Shades of Pinot two-for-one promotion. It runs until end-August, as one day is simply not enough to celebrate the depth of this varietal.
Shades of Pinot Noir
Pinot noir is one of two varietals Haute Cabrière specialises in, so where better to try some of South Africa’s best? Whether you’re a novice keen to learn more, or already passionate about pinot noir, Haute Cabrière’s specially curated tasting will spark your enthusiasm.
In the warm and inviting atmosphere of the tasting room, the wine team will guide you through four pinot noirs – with the added bonus of a buy-one-tasting-get-one-free promotion, so that you can enjoy the experience with a companion. These Burgundian beauties are being showcased:
- Haute Cabrière pinot noir réserve is referred to as “an old soul” thanks to its exquisite ageing potential of five to 10 years. The complex, smooth wine has a slightly smoky finish and blackberry flavour.
- Haute Cabrière pinot noir unwooded (“the world’s best neighbour”) is a lighter, fruity gem, served at room temperature in winter and slightly chilled as the ideal red for summer.
- Haute Cabrière Arnim Family Réserve, a full-bodied pioneering blend of pinot noir and syrah. Rich colour and intense red fruit and spice on the nose, followed by hints of cedar from the 18 months in French oak barrels. The palate is layered with well-balanced tannins.
The tasting will give you an in-depth knowledge of the various facets of pinot noir, and help you find the style best suited to your palate and lifestyle. If you’d like, a cellar tour will take you deeper into the story behind the wine.
In addition, if you purchase a mixed case of pinot noir at the cellar door, you’ll get a free bottle of Arnim Family Réserve – a distinctive blend of pinot noir and syrah (offer valid until 31 August).
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Cost R40 per person (buy one, get one free until 31 August)
For those unable to get to Haute Cabrière right now, why not enjoy a Shades of Pinot Noir tasting at home? Order a mixed case (two bottles each of the pinot noir unwooded, pinot noir Réserve and Arnim Family Réserve) and you’ll be an aficionado in no time.
Wine and dine
Those partial to pinot noir can enjoy a glass or two paired with a meal at Haute Cabrière’s restaurant, whose floor-to-ceiling windows offer some of the best views of the valley.
The two-course and three-course lunch menus feature French-inspired dishes that pair perfectly with pinot noir, such as prawn tempura with the pinot noir rosé; beef tartare with pinot noir unwooded; and chicken liver parfait or flash-fried calamari with the chardonnay-pinot noir blend.
Opening times Thursday – Monday, 12pm – 3.30pm
Cost R320 (two courses); R380 (three courses)
Valid until 31 August 2022
A brief history of Pinot Noir
Founded in 1982 by Archim von Arnim, Haute Cabrière unveiled its first 100% pinot noir in 1994. Dry, elegant and well-structured, the wine is a versatile year-round favourite. But the grapes themselves are not quite as even-keeled, requiring constant care and attention. As second-generation cellar master Takuan von Arnim says: “During harvest time, when cellar masters and winemakers look frazzled and tired – it’s probably because they’re busy with pinot noir!”
That said, Franschhoek is renowned for producing exceptional-quality pinot noir (the classic Burgundian grape favours cooler temperatures). In summer, careful canopy management is practised to ensure slow and even growing conditions. The result? Elegant, balanced and flavourful wines that showcase the grape’s unique characteristics in differing forms.
There’s hardly a better time of year to enjoy a superb pinot of three.
Contact 021 876 8500, firstname.lastname@example.org
Address Lambrechts Road (R45), Franschhoek
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