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Wildekrans Barrel Selection Pinotage
2003 Pinotage


Soil Type: Bokkeveld shale.
Vine Age: 9 Years.
Irrigation: No irrigation
Harvest Date: During February 2003 at 25º Balling.
Yield: 4 tons per hectare.


After early morning harvest cool grapes are brought into the cellar and then undergo skin contact and cold maceration, for 3 to 4 days to extract soft tannins and ripe fruit flavours before allowing fermentation to begin. Throughout vinification handling was kept to a minimum to ensure that true fruit flavors were retained. The wine was matured in medium toasted new French Oak and 5% American oak for 9 months. Only wines that met with our standards of excellence were then used in the final blend for the Barrel Selection.

Tasting Notes:

Color: Has a deep dark purple centre.
Nose: This Pinotage has a pronounced wood essence, a coffee and ripe fruity, youngberry nose which enhances the new oak barrel flavors.
Palate: This wine has huge intensity, is very complex, velvet soft textures with a long finish on the palate.
Other: There are no rules, experiment to your hearts content. Beef casserole, Beef Fillet and Roast Beef, Rack of Lamb, Chilli Roast Chicken, Mussels, Salmon Pate, Cheddar and Camembert.
The wine has an ageing potential of five to eight years.

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 14.0
RS (g/l): 2.5
TA (g/l): 5.4
pH: 3.53