Wildekrans Barrel Selection Pinotage
2001 Pinotage


Vineyard: Eastern facing slopes
Soil Type: Bokkeveld Shale
Vine Age: Vines planted in 1994
Irrigation: Drip Method
Harvest Date: February 2001


Throughout vinification, handling was kept to a minimum to ensure that true fruit was retained. The wine was matured in medium-toast new French oak for twelve months. Only wine that met with the standards of excellence were then used in the final blend for the Barrel Selection.This wine was bottled in May 2002.

Tasting Notes:

Color: The colour is typical of 2001, has a deep, dark purple centre.
Nose: It has a pronounced wood essence, a coffee and ripe fruity, youngberry nose which enhances the new oak barrel flavours.
Palate: This wine has huge intensity, is very complex with soft velvet textures and a long finish on the palate.
Other: The grapes for this wine were chosen from a 1.96 hectare block of Pinotage bush vines planted on Eastern facing slopes in Winter 1994. Because Pinotage colours and ripens easily, we were able to use this cooler orientation which allows for the Burgundian flavour of Pinot Noir to dominate the earthy character of Cinsaut without losing colour.
It was selected by South African Airways as their first class wine in 2003.

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 15
RS (g/l): 2.2
TA (g/l): 5.96
pH: 3.46
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