Did You Know?
“What counts in a man are his dreams.” – Georges Bernanos
The owner of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Aubert de Villaine, wrote Jan ‘Boland’ Coetzee that note after hosting a tasting in South Africa. Implying that one is not to be pushed by your problems, but by your dreams. Case in point, Jan’s Stellenbosch Pinot Noir. He had been trying since 1978 to plant Pinot Noir in Stellenbosch successfully, and in 2000 he finally succeeded. As such, Jan’s career has been defined by such acts of aspiration. He says he has a cellar because of his moodiness. When he’s feeling forceful and direct, he drinks Cab and Bordeaux Blends. But when he’s happy, he drinks Pinot Noir.
In these trying times, we’d say a sense of aspiration and ‘happy’ drinking wine, may just be the thing?
OUR 2009 PINOT NOIR:
“Berries, black and ripe and a pounding of crunchy pomegranate. A whack of wet biltong and its savoury spices are coaxed by a wine-gum confection as well as a distinct line of liquorice that one so often finds in great Bordeaux and the origin of which I’d sure like to know more about.
The texture, well the wine lies in the mouth like that of the finest cashmere that has been wetted with spring water. It is big, and it is courageous. The wine is both fresh and alive, as well as shady and mysteriously murky. But at the end, it shows that great Pinot Noir – from wherever – can be simply delicious and amazing, and these should be the only criteria on which to judge it.” – Emile Joubert
ARTICLE COURTESY OF PORT2PORT.wine