Pinotage Reserve – 2016

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Pinotage Reserve - 2016

The wine is full bodied and intense with loads of soft tannins. These are well integrated with the oak to give smoky undertones on the palette.

R 360.00

Pinotage is one of the few true RSA wines.   It was first cultivated in the mid 1920’s by creating a cross from Pinot Noir and Cinsaut /Hermitage varietals.   The first commercial plantings were done in 1941.

The grapes oozes a RSA like character.  The vines and robust and vigorous and the bunches that form are dense and energetic.  This Pinotage is made from the first vines planted in the Central Drakensberg.   It was with these vines that we learnt what it takes to make quality wines in a summer rainfall area.  Our climate brings out the Pinot Noir roots to express itself and this produces a wine with clear sense of place.

Truly South African – Truly Central Drakensberg

Vinification

The primary fermentation was done in open tanks and fermented at 29deg c for 5 days. The cap was punched through manually regularly. After this the wine was transferred to stainless steel tanks to complete the Malolactic fermentation until dry.

Food Notes

The wine has the characteristics of its Pinot Noir origins and goes with full bodied dishes like game meat, potjies , flavourful foods and cheese boards. - Open 20min before serving - Decant vigorously to release the deep aromas. - Best served between 18-22 deg C

Maturation

The wine was matured in new 300 L French Oak Barrels for 24 months. The wine was bottled in 2017 and is ready to drink. It will keep well

Details.

Vintage: 2016
Winemaker: Flip Smith
Tasting Panel: Michelangelo Judging Panel
Age of Vines: 13 Years
Yield: 6.5
Varieties: Pinotage 100%
Irrigation: Drip