Tesselaarsdal was founded in 2015 by long-standing Hamilton Russell Vineyards employee Berene Sauls. It is named after the historic Overberg farming hamlet of Tesselaarsdal—not far from the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge wine appellation—where Berene was born, a descendant of the freed slaves who were bequeathed the land of the Tesselaarsdal valley by former Dutch East India Company soldier Johannes Tesselaar’s widow in 1832.
One of the best vintages to date, the 2021 Pinot Noir classically displays the pristine fruit from the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge. This wine reveals notes of red cherries, cranberries and raspberries combined with hints of nutmeg and clove spices. A particularly bright, tight and pure Pinot Noir with marked elegance.
This is a graceful and age-worthy wine with an almost crystalline purity.
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