WINEMAKER: Johan Jordaan
ORIGIN: Western Cape (Darling, Durbanville and Paarl)
TERROIR: Clovelly, Hutton and Estcourt soils
Temperature: winter ±9° - ±18°C; summer ±14° - 26°C
Annual rainfall: ±650 – ±750mm
Proximity to ocean: 40 – 80km
VINEYARD AND CLIMATE CONDITIONS:
Trellised vines, planted between 20 and 22 years ago on northeastern slopes, yielded the grapes for this wine. The vines received supplementary irrigation and produced 10 tonnes per hectare.
Grapes were harvested at ±24°B, gently crushed, de-stemmed and cooled. Following 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 eight to 10 months. The rest matured in stainless-steel tanks with French oak staves.
Alc: 14.21 % vol
TA: 4.8 g/L
RS: 2.1 g/L
APPEARANCE: Clear, bright purple red.
TASTING NOTE: A quintessential South African Pinotage offering a bounty of juicy cherries, plums with a dash of cinnamon. The tannins are smooth and silky.
SERVE WITH: An excellent companion to a South African ‘braai’ of BBQ pork neck steaks, seared ostrich fillets or classic lamb ‘tjoppies’; or try it with a creamy blue-cheese burger.Download 2018