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Mosaic Top 5 Pinot Noir Wine Awards

Brew Cru Pinot Noir 2019

Brew Cru Pinot Noir 2019, a collaboration between winemakers Johann and Bertus Fourie and wine importer Jesse Balsimo, was selected in the exclusive top five of the inaugural 2020 Mosaic Top 5 Pinot Noir competition.

“We are dedicated to cool climate wines from the Cape South Coast. We source our grapes from maritime wine wards such as Elgin and Walker Bay, which are renowned for producing wines rivalling the wold’s finest and most distinctive.”

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Richard Kershaw Wines Elgin Clonal Selection Pinot Noir 2017

Richard Kershaw founded Richard Kershaw Wines in 2012, with the aim to create clonally selected, site specific, cool-climate wines from appropriate noble grapes. One of only ten Masters of Wine who actively make wine, Richard is pursuing his dream in Elgin in the Overberg region of the Western Cape.

“The wine is so balanced, it shows excellent fruit purity, powdery tannins and vibrant acidity.”

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La Vierge Wines Apogée Pinot Noir 2016

La Vierge Wines Apogée Pinot Noir 2016, produced in the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge near Hermanus, was awarded a coveted position on the 2020 Mosaic Top 5 Pinot Noir Wine Awards list. An apogée is defined as the highest point, a climax or culmination. La Vierge Wines also describe the Apogée series as the very best expression of wine from their vineyards and efforts in the winery.

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Elgin Vintners Pinot Noir 2019

Marinda Kruger-Claasen and the team at Elgin Vintners could not contain their excitement on hearing the news that the Elgin Vintners Pinot Noir 2019 placed in the top five of the inaugural Mosaic Top 5 Pinot Noir Wine Awards. “This is so exciting” says Kruger-Claassen, smiling from ear to ear.

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Creation Wines Art of Pinot Noir 2018

With their immense knowledge and experience, JC and Carolyn of Creation Wines have been able to pay tribute to one of the oldest wine grape varieties in the world. This has culminated in a heavenly wine and one of the Mosaic Top 5 Pinot Noir 2020 winners, an extraordinary accomplishment for the farm.

“What makes us especially proud of this award is that the competition seeks to identify wines to serve as a benchmark for the development of distinctive South African Pinot Noir,” says Carolyn of their achievement.

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Announcing the 2020 Mosaic Top 5 Pinot Noir Wine Award winners

Top Five Trust and the South African Pinot Noir Association congratulate the winners of 2020 Mosaic Top 5 Pinot Noir Awards. The competition saw a staggering 109 entries from 64 producers with wines from the 2009 to 2020 vintages.

The best Pinot Noir wines in South Africa are ...

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Harald Bresselschmidt – Food Magician

Harald Bresselschmidt, from Aubergine and Auslese restaurants, is arguably South Africa’s foremost food and wine pairing specialist. He has that unique ability to make both the wine and the dish on your plate taste better together.

"I immediately recognised that Pinot Noir is the most food friendly red wine."

Harald also shares a recipe for a dish that he loves to serve with Pinot Noir.

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Miguel Chan on South African Pinot Noir

Miguel Chan, Group Sommelier at Tsogo Sun says: “Pinot Noir is site sensitive, as such, it prefers either a continental climate with a long, cool growing season or alternatively a cold, maritime-influence climate.”

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Pinot Noir Harvest Report - 2020

With the 2020 harvest described as one of the shortest and most intense picking seasons on record (ending rather serendipitously for most farms just prior to the national lockdown), it seems Mother Nature might have had more insight into what was in store for the rest of 2020 than anyone else.

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Pinot Noir in South Africa

South African Pinot Noir wines are admired and loved by wine connoisseurs for their ability to age, complex aromas and flavours, and tremendous food-pairing versatility.

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Mosaic Top 5 Pinot Noir Wine Awards