#324 FRAM Carmelina White Blend NV (ver.5)
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Piket-Bo-Berg The new Western frontier
[- ridiculous elevations of up to 900m ASL;]
[- a long dry ripening seasson with notably low disease pressure; ]
[- supremely marked diurnal range;]
but ALSO the significant HUMAN element that has placed itself at the heart of these developments.
The Frontier demands contrarians
Johan Stompie Meyer was the first vigneron to stake his claim on the plateau, with his purchase of what would become Platteklip vineyards. His wildly curious nature – as well as his none-toot-tenuous connection to controversy – has seen him plant a over a dozen cultivars, “just to see what would work”, which included Pinot Noir – something that “everyone told [him] he was crazy to plant. And so it would seem that the possibilities for this little zone appear limitless – mostly because Stompie carries a certain anatagonism to the very idea of limits.
Even pioneers need friends
Joining Stompie up on this remote plateau is winemaker Thinus Kruger – the mastermind behind today’s delightfully peculiar Carmelina White Blend. While one gets the sense that reclusive Thinus Kruger chose the land more for it’s isolation than anything else, one can’t help but get excited to realise that Piket-Bo-Berg has now attracted TWO vignerons who are as keen to make statements as they are to make wine. Watch this space very closely.
Obviously, if you have yet to sign up for your Monthly HanDrinksSolo Wine Subscription then you sip along to see how those vineyard choices manifested in the glass. But I have left my tasting notes and some technical specs to keep you going:
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