[2020 vintage received *5 Stars Platter Guide 2022]
This Pinot Noir is characterised by its finesse and poise rather than power or richness. It owes its mineral elegance to the soils it grows in and its aromatic berry generosity and depth of flavor to the wonderful climate of Elgin. The 2021 marks the 14th vintage of Freedom and as the vineyards continue to mature, so we continue to see more depth and texture with each passing vintage. Also, continued experimentation in the handling of the fruit and better understanding of the terroir and the vineyards have together allowed us to craft a wine that shows the elegance of the variety in a unique style. Fresh and perfumed berry fruits mingle with earthy tones in a complex and compelling nose that urges deeper reflection. The palate shows restraint through the satin texture and perfumed, light berry tones. Refined tannins and fruit concentration round out the mid palate before a clean mineral lift towards the long, tapering finish.
WHAT’S IN A NAME?
South Africa is free from the strict regulation found in EU and specifically Burgundy, which dictates such aspects as methods of planting, pruning & trellising, levels of yields, residual sugar, acidity, alcohol etc. decreeing even which bottle shape is legal or illegal, and even the fundamental right to plant vines at all. Alex Dale came to South Africa from Burgundy in 1994, weeks after Nelson Mandela was democratically elected President and experienced for the very first time, the total freedom to act as his heart and mind felt would allow the greatest individualism, in this magnificent and untampered-with vinescape. Freedom to challenge ourselves against nature rather than regulation and Freedom to be wrong or right, rather than, absurdly, a regulatory outlaw! In the spirit of an exciting, newly-democratic South Africa, this burst of liberty sewed the seed for the creation of Radford Dale’s passionately crafted Freedom Pinot Noir. And as luck would have it, Nelson Mandela had just completed his long walk to freedom and become President that year too...