About Quando: The Quando wine portfolio is made by brothers Fanis and Martin Bruwer on their riverside property in the Robertson wine valley of South Africa. The Bruwer brothers are of French Huguenot descent who arrived from the Loire Valley in South Africa in 1693. The Bruwers were vignerons in France and are after nine generations in South Africa are still vine growers and wine makers in Robertson. Just about all the classic wine cultivars are grown on the property, but only Sauvignon Blanc, Mourvedre and Pinot noir grapes are kept back to make wine from.
The farm boarders the Breede River running through the valley and is enfolded on both side by the Langeberg and Riviersonderend mountain ranges. A Mediterranean climate with hot summers and balmy breezes from the Indian Ocean in the afternoon help to create the perfect terroir.
The vineyard and soil: This wine originates from one of the highest laying vineyards in the Breede River Valley halfway up the Langeberg Mountains behind the village of Ashton. This small Pinot Noir vineyard, clone 777, is rooted in Weathered Karoo shale and even in summer is sometimes covered in clouds. The grapes were harvested by hand in the cool early morning on 23 Feb 2015 and the grapes brought down to the farm.
Vinification: After de stemming the berries, the mash received a cold maceration for five days at 8 eight degrees Centigrade, gently mixing it every day. The fermentation process was then started and halfway through pressed. After fermentation half the wine went into tank and the other half barrel. The blend was then bottled one year later.
Description: Alluring nose showing red cherries, strawberry and tea leaf following through with a rich and full palate possessing a core of dark fruit with soft fruity tannins.
Alcohol: 12.5 %