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 planted between 19 and 21 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. 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 eight to 10 months; the remainder matured in stainless steel tanks with French oak staves.
This classic South African Pinotage offers a generous bouquet of dark cherries, juicy plums and hints of cinnamon with smooth and silky tannins. An every day favourite - drink this wine at home on a winters night, and pair with pulled pork with a fruity barbecue sauce; lamb chops marinated in Muscadel cooked over the coals; or easy homemade burgers and caramelised onions.