Intense brick red color. Fore pallet fruit hinting to ripe cherries and strawberries. Aroma of sweet vanilla pods and some liquorice. The palate is rich, soft and very elegant. A full flavored Pinotage which reflects the terroir and the cultivar.
The grapes were sourced from a selected vineyard on the estate and also a 51 years old vineyard in Piekenierskloof. They have been farming these special blocks differently for the past 6 years, and this wine is a culmination of those efforts.
After harvesting, sorting and cooling, the grapes were crushed and a cold soak done for 4 days at 7° C. After inoculation with a selected yeast strain, the punch downs started intensely for only 4 days before pressing at 8º B. This ensures a supple and smooth Pinotage. The finished wine underwent malolactic fermentation in the barrel and further maturation for 14 months before blending and bottling. Of the barrels used, 50% were new and the rest 2nd and 3rd fill. We also use 5% American Oak in this wine.
This Pinotage is excellent with well-grilled thick steak.