Wildekrans Barrel Selection Pinotage
1999 Pinotage


Vineyard: East facing (for morning sun); cooler orientation
Soil Type: Bokkeveld shale
Vine Age: 1.96 hectare block of Pinotage bush vines, Planted in July (winter) of 1994
Irrigation: Drip Method
Harvest Date: 11 February 1999
Yield: 4.2


Stalks and stems removed and berries only lightly cracked
Fermented on skins warm in stainless steel tanks for five days. Juice pumped through skins twice daily for 30 minutes for five days for color extraction. After fermentation, skin contact was allowed for a further weeks via racking and the juice and skins were pressed lightly in a bag press. This juice went back into the tanks and malolactic was then started in the tanks and completed in the barrels. Wine was matured in medium toasted new French Oak from the Demptos Cooperage for 12 months.
Bottled February, 2000; 500 cases made.

Tasting Notes:

Color: Huge color, deep red center, purple rim
Nose: Abundance of raspberries and strawberries with background earthiness
Palate: Cool climate pinotage, lots of complexity, satin smooth tannins, soft and full, a perfect balance between fruit, tannins, and acidity
Other: This is a massive, well-extracted wine that can be drunk now, but will also age well for 12 to 20 years.

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 14.0
RS (g/l): 2.4
TA (g/l): 4.8
pH: 4.06
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