Diva is the first South African Pinot Noir aged for an unprecedented 60 months in new French wood.A once-off offering from grapes hand-picked and hand-selected from a single bloc of vines in Stellenbosch, Diva delivers the quintessential expression of this cool climate cultivar in South Africa. This private release honours the alluring sensuality and bewitching beauty of mature women all over the world, particularly classic African beauty. The timeless features and refined elegance of this wine is conveyed through the subtle emotions expressed by the label which features an original painting of a Tsonga woman by renown South African artist Velaphi Mzimba drawn from the winemaker’s private art collection. A once-off private release of 5 barrels only. Each bottle is individually numbered in sequential order.
Gilbert & Gaillard International Competition
International Wine Guide Awards
South African Women’s Wine Awards
Vitis Vinifera Awards
Asia Wine Trophy
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Wine of Origin: Stellenbosch
Winemaker: David John Bate
Production: 5 barrel once-off offering
Bottle Size: 750 ml Claret
Yield (t/ha): 3 t/ha
°Balling/Harvest: Average 24 û
Alcohol (%/vol): 14%
Residual Sugar: 1.8 g/l
TA: 6.6 g/l
VA: 0.83 g/l
FSO2: 24 mg/l
Maturation: 60 months (5 years) barrel maturation with MLF (le malo) en barrique in new French oak (Nevers) barrels of medium toast
Swirling hues of red, plum and magenta succumb to shades of weather-worn brick at rim’s edge. A brilliant lustre and luminosity arouse immediate interest in this wine.
Flirtatious fragrances of plums, cherries and apricots with subtle notes of vanilla and liquorice foreshadow the complex and compelling personality of this classic beauty.
Evocative earth tones introduce a nuanced, well-toned body that slowly undresses layers of dark berries and black peppers. Sensuous strokes of truffles and Burgundy anise yield to whispers of cassis and vanilla in a smooth finish that lingers like the tender embrace of a truly satisfied lover. An elegant, classy lady.