2010 Botanica Pinot Noir Elgin South Africa

SKU #1135177 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Botanic Pinot Noir has an upfront, fruit-driven bouquet with ripe fresh strawberries, red cherries and kirsch. The palate is rounded and generous with soft tannins but a fine seam of acidity. Clean, pure red cherries and sloes segue into dark plum towards the smooth finish. This is an accomplished Pinot from Botanic. Drink now-2016.  (12/2012)

K&L Notes

A delicate style with layers of cherry and strawberries on the palate with an herbal nose. This wine has a good acidity, showing soft vanilla flavors on the finish. The fruit is coming from the ultra cool region of Elgin. The grapes for this wine were harvested at 23 Brix, hand sorted, destemmed but not crushed. Whole berry fermentation in open tanks with hand punch downs twice a day. The wine was then matured in barrel for 9 months, 65% new French oak. Bottled without stabilization, filtration or fining. Only 260 cases made.

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Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/2/2014 | Send Email
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Wow! This is serious Pinot at a modest everyday price. A vibrant high toned nose, lovely pure rich red fruits, some warm toasted spice and dry earth. Great juicy fruit weight but nothing overly heavy. There is nothing but true Pinot character here. This is very, very hard to beat at this price from anywhere in the world and has been a true stand out at recent K&L staff tastings.
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Staff Image By: Mike Barber | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/6/2013 | Send Email
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The Botanica is a gorgeous, coastal South African Pinot that rivals anything from New Zealand to North America in this price range. Bright acidity and fresh fruit complement an underlying dusty finish, with more finesse and complexity than anyone should expect from a $20 bottle. Magnificent!
Top Value! Drink from 2013 to 2019

Staff Image By: Adam Parry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/21/2013 | Send Email
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Absolutely lovely Pinot Noir from Elgin. This has wonderful bright fruit and a great backbone of acidity for a much more pure and honest Pinot Noir than we often see from New World wines. The nose is absolutely Pinot Noir red fruits with a bit of earth and herbs, and the finish is silky smooth. This is a great buy!
Drink from 2013 to 2016

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

South Africa

- Now that it has adopted a multi-racial attitude, and now that the world has embraced its government and its exports, South Africa has become a major wine producer. Unfortunately, South Africa has had a difficult time joining the ranks of competitive winemaking countries. During the anti-apartheid sanctions in the 1980s, South African wine was dealt the huge blow when it was removed from the international market, and for political reasons it was quite difficult for wine producers to market wine to the black majority. Things are finally looking up for the wine industry here, and quality has never been higher. South Africa produces a grape cloned from Pinot Noir and Cinsault, called Pinotage, which is the country's unique varietal. Chenin Blanc (known as Steen) makes up one-third of its vines. Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Shiraz are becoming increasingly popular as are Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Click for a list of bestselling items from South Africa.