An Award Winner - From vineyard to victory, this red will brighten a gloomy weather forecast.
A South African gem, Pinotage is starting to enjoy a well- deserved wave of appreciation. I love it for its energy and food versatility. Barrel matured to perfection, this Pinotage is bright with prosperity. Like a dancer on a stage, it is structured yet graceful and will last beyond the decade. Time and tannin make great wine.
Deep ruby red on the eyes, this is a Pinotage to sink into slowly. The nose exudes violet aromas and sweet, ripe blackberries and cherries which overlay a hint of graphite. Classic and full-bodied in style, the palate follows with ripe, Black Forest cake-like flavours while the tannins are dense and velvety for an opulent finish.
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Decanter World Wine Awards 2021 Silver (90) points
Mundus Vini Summer Tasting 2021 (85) points
Platter's by Diners Club South African Wine Guide 2020 4.5 stars
Tim Atkin Annual South African Report 2020 (92) points
Veritas Wine Awards 2020 Silver
Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2021 Bronze
Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2021 Grand Gold Medal
Veritas Wine Awards 2021 Silver
James Suckling Report: SA Wine Tasting in Hong Kong 2021 (89) points
International Wine and Spirits Competition 2022 Bronze (89)
Alberta Beverage Awards 2017 (90) points
Pair a powerful wine with a big dish. Think sumac-dusted ostrich fillet, barbecued lamb chops or venison fillet. For a vegetarian option, serve with a rich and cheesy eggplant parmigiana.
TERROIR / SOIL
VINEYARD AND CLIMATE CONDITIONS
We source Stellenbosch mountain fruit grown in decomposed granite. This ancient soil retains water very well due to the high proportion of clay on-site, reducing the need for irrigation. These 15-year-old vines overlook False Bay on the Southern side, enjoying moderate temperatures. The cool evenings encourage concentrated acidity and tannins in the smaller berries.
When it comes to Pinotage, we picked on taste, waiting for the tannins to soften. We also harvested at staggered picking dates, encouraging complexity. When harvest began, we handpicked and pre-cool the fruit before destemming. The berries were individually sorted to remove raisins, pink and large berries. Partial (15%) natural fermentation took place in stainless steel while the balance was inoculated with specific yeast strains. To create complexity and layers, ten different fermentation batches of this wine took place in the cellar. Free-run wine was then drained to a combination of first (about 70%) and second fill French, American and Hungarian oak barrels, where it matured for 20 months. Barrel selection was conducted resulting in a balanced, cool climate Pinotage with great complexity and ageing potential.