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Restless River ‘Wanderlust’ Pinot Noir 2020


The Wanderlust project allows Craig Wessels to flex his creative muscles – the wine changes every year.

The2020 Project: Pinot Noir

Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley
Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge

This wine is a blend of two vineyards within neighbouring appellations known for their cool growing season – ideal for the cultivation of Pinot Noir.
Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley: ancient, decomposed granite soils, north facing, mid-slopes with heavy clay at a depth of 50cm
Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge: shallow shale soils on clay, east facing, mid-slopes.

Harvest took place in early February. The grapes were hand-picked and placed whole cluster into open top vats and gently trodden to break the berries and release the juice. After a few days, natural fermentation began and the grapes were lightly punched-down every day. Once fermentation had completed, the wine was pressed using a hand operated basket press. Aged in barrels (10% new) for one year.

Christian Eedes: “The nose shows red currant, cherry, musk, tea leaf and a hint of mushroom. The palate is light-bodied with good fruit definition, fresh acidity and fine tannins. Lovely presence and very flavourful given an alcohol of just 12.8%.”

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Restless River is synonymous with authentic, elegant wine. Craig and Anne Wessels own and run this small family estate in the cool Hemel-en-Aarde Valley.

Craig is committed to absolute site expression and a minimalist approach. Each vineyard on their farm is registered as a Single Vineyard and the wines are named after the vineyards.

Being terroir driven, the focus is on 100% single varietal wine: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. They also occasionally release a wine called Wanderlust – which changes every year and lays outside the core tenants of Restless River.








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