SOUTH AFRICA


Wildekrans Pinotage
2009 Pinotage

Viticulture

Vineyard: 4 000 vines per ha.
Soil Type: Klapmuts
Vine Age: 16 years old.
Irrigation: No irrigation
Harvest Date: February 2009.
Yield: 4 t/ha

Vinification:

After early morning harvest the cool grapes are brought into the cellar and then undergo cold maceration for 3 to 4 days to extract soft tannins and ripe fruit flavors before allowing fermentation to begin.
Throughout vinification handling was kept to a minimum to ensure that true fruit flavors were retained.
80% of this wine was matured in medium toast French oak barrels and 20% in heavy toast American oak barrels for 12 months.

Tasting Notes:

Color: Light ruby.
Nose: Dark fruits such as blackberry, blackcurrant and cherry with some tobacco.
Palate: On the palate it is supple, with hints of pomegranate and ripe tannins that give structure and a long balanced finish.
Other: An ideal pairing for BBQ, grilled Chicken liver or steak.
This is a fine, clean example of Pinotage which doesn't have the too often nasty, rubbery undertones.

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 14
RS (g/l): 2.6
TA (g/l): 5.4
pH: 3.53
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