Western Cape (Darling, Durbanville and Paarl)
Soil: Clovelly, Hutton and Estcourt.
Temperature: winter 9° - 18°C; summer 14° - 26°C
Annual rainfall: 650 - 750mm
Proximity to ocean: 40 - 80km
VINEYARD AND CLIMATE CONDITIONS:
Trellised vines of 19 - 21 years old, planted on north-eastern slopes yielded the grapes for this wine. The vines received supplementary irrigation and produced 10 tons per hectare.
Grapes were harvested at 24°B, gently crushed, de-stemmed and cooled. After two days of cold soaking the juice was fermented until dry in stainless steel tanks at 24°C. Three pump-overs were conducted daily. After fermentation 20% of the wine was matured in French oak barrels for 8-10 months and the remainder matured in stainless steel tanks with French oak staves.
Clear bright purple red.
This classic South African Pinotage offers a generous bouquet of dark cherries, juicy plums and hints of cinnamon with smooth and silky tannins.
Pork with a fruity barbecue sauce, lamb chops or burgers with caramelized onions.