Blind Astronomer Pinotage 2012
Spoil the wine-lover in your life with this extraordinary limited edition Pinotage. Its striking engraved bottle sets the tone — but it’s really after uncorking that the magic truly begins. Intensely elegant, the wine’s flavours include cherry, chocolate and and spices. 30 months in French oak barrels and over five years of maturing in bottle has resulted in a sumptuous mouth-feel and a silky finish. A wine to treasure — whether on its own, with ostrich mains or a dark chocolate dessert.
A deep smell of the wine introduces memories of fresh red cherries and subtle liquorice notes. This is supported by subtle all spice and dark chocolate. The wine shows elegant flavours of carmelized cherries and all spice with an elegant, smooth finish.
John Platter Guide 2017 - 4 star
John Platter Guide 2018 - 4 star
Serve with ostrich filet with a cranberry jus or alternatively with a dark chocolate dessert.
TERROIR / SOIL
The vines are planted in granite soils, with great water retention. These soils allow the vines to ripen slowly and introduces freshness and minerality to the vines.
VINEYARD AND CLIMATE CONDITIONS
Due to the cooler soil temperature the grapes mature slowly allowing for smooth, subtle tannins and fresh perfumy fruit. The vines bore 8 tons per hectare and this low yield contributes to balanced complexity in the wine.
The grapes were handpicked in mid-February. Sorting of the grapes were done by hand after destemming to produce only the small, black grapes needed to make this wine of elegance. Fermentation was done with the natural yeast on the skin of the grapes. It was done in an open top oak fermenter and during fermentation, colour and structure was extracted by submerging the grape skins in the must. Fermentation lasted for 15 days and wine was then transferred to 300 liter French oak barrels for maturation of 30 months.