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Pinotage

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R 755

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750 ml (Standard)

2016


Cultivar:

100% Pinotage

Country:

South Africa

Rating:

4.5 Stars - Platter's 95 Points - Tim Atkin

Specifications:

14.10% alc vol Sugar g/l: 2.1
Type: Red Wine Cellaring Potential: 20 yrs
Origin: Walker Bay Appellation: Hemel-en-Aarde Valley

Tasting Notes:

"'One vineyard, one variety,' is how Anthony Hamilton Russell describes this site in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. Now released as a much younger wine since 2015, it’s a stunning expression of the grape, showing spicy red berry fruit, fine tannins and remarkable line and length." TA

Plum
Plum

Dark Cherries
Dark Cherries

Spices
Spices

Vanilla
Vanilla

From the maiden release in 2001, this benchmark wine has redefined South Africa’s own red grape variety, Pinotage, with its classic, refined styling and unique complex character. This is a wine unlike anything else, intense, rich and savoury with a beautiful underlying minerality.

2016 was another unusually early and short harvest - almost exactly the same timing as 2015. But as is wonderfully the case with nature, the character of the 2016's is surprisingly different to the 2015's. For the winelands in general, the story was of excessive heat and extreme dryness. But this was not the case for our appellation, the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. Close proximity to the cool South Atlantic kept the maximum temperatures in line and we also benefitted from timely rain from the southeast, which seldom reaches the warmer inland areas. January was quite a bit warmer than our long-term average (the same as for 1998 and 2011) but it was not drier than average. And the crucial month of February was wetter than average without being warmer - as was March. Our main dam was almost full at the end of harvest. A relatively warm December, followed by a hot January was probably the main factor in making 2016 an early year. High humidity did create some anxiety - less over downy mildew - more over oidium - so it will be remembered as a more challenging year than 2015, but the resulting wines for the classicists and purists will perhaps be seen as more typical of our style.

Fermentation involving 10% whole-bunch, the wine was matured for 10 months in 400-litre barrels and then for a further 6 months in 2000-litre foudre.

Food pairing

Smoked duck and pulled pork.

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