Southern Right

Pinotage

standard courier: 3 working days

Sold by: Hamilton Russell

R 299

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750 ml (Standard)

2018


Cultivar:

100% Pinotage

Country:

South Africa

Rating:

91 Points - Tim Atkin

Specifications:

13.80% alc vol Sugar g/l: 1.17
Type: Red Wine Cellaring Potential: 5 yrs+
Origin: Walker Bay Appellation: Hemel-en-Aarde Valley

Tasting Notes:

Southern Right is re-defining Pinotage with this intense classically styled, clay-grown wine, packed with complex berry fruit, beautiful tannins and subtle wood spice. Full ripeness and the longer hang-time afforded by cooler sites, combined with the complex, more classic fruit aromas and structure resulting from clay-rich soil, make this wine a highly individual expression of South Africa’s unique grape variety.

Blackberry
Blackberry

Cherry
Cherry

Mullberry
Mullberry

Vanilla
Vanilla

In 1998, a 113 hectare farm in the beautiful Hemel-en-Aarde Valley near Hermanus, was purchased as a central home for the Southern Right Cellar. The first Southern Right Pinotage and Sauvignon Blanc were released in 1995. As an early ripening grape, it is Anthony’s belief that Pinotage will perform best in cooler, maritime areas, where a longer, slower ripening period is present. With each bottle of Southern Right wine sold, Southern Right Cellars makes a contribution to Southern Right whale conservation in the Walker Bay.

After the early and short 2015 and 2016 harvests, 2018, like 2017 was back to our usual timing, beginning at the end of the first week of February, but (a longer harvest) finishing at the end of the first week of March. Budding was even and successful, with higher than usual early Spring temperatures, but an unusually wet November and a cool December affected flowering and fruit-set, resulting in particularly low yields - far lower than our already low yields. The berries were smaller and the bunches were lighter, but the resulting wines were deeper, fuller and more structured. December and January were drier than average, making for relatively easy and successful disease control organically, with February only very slightly wetter than our long term average. A warmer than average February, combined with the very low yields and small berries did however contribute to the riper more opulent style of 2018 compared to 2017. One of the features of 2018 was fairly variable ripening within individual vineyards, and within individual bunches. Picking on taste, combined with analysis, and picking particular areas within individual vineyards at different times, was particularly important in 2018. This required a high level of vigilance and very close teamwork between cellar and vineyard, both of which were carried out with great success. 2018 was an excellent vintage for us.

100% Malolactic Fermentation in 9% 1st Fill, 9% 2nd Fill, 63% 3rd Fill and 19% 4th Fill French Oak

Food pairing

Marinated lamb to Cape Malay or Cajun-spiced ‘blackened’ fish.

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