Rijk's 888 Gold Pinotage 2011
A 48-hour cold maceration period was given prior to fermentation to extract colour and fruit. Extraction during fermentation took place by doing manual punch downs 3 times per day at a fermentation temperature of 28°C. Skins were gently pressed before fermented dry. MLF took place in barrels, after which it was matured for 22 months in 67% new and 33% 2nd fill French oak barrels. Wine from the 3 most complex and superlative barrels were selected to produce this rare and exceptional Pinotage.
Elegance, finesse, complexity and concentration of fruit - full bodied
Winemaker: Pierre Wahl
Viticulturist: Neville Dorrington
Residual sugar: 2.9 g/l
Acidity: 5.5 g/l
Alcohol 14.8 %
In the Vineyard
Soil low yielding well drained vertical schale / schist Aspect east
Trellis and bush vines.
Vibrant deep red opaque in the glass. On the nose layers of blackcurrant and dark berry fruits, cherries and plums, with underlying white pepper and fynbos notes. These exquisite aromas carry through onto a rich creamy palate. Silky and well weighted with perfect balance and elegant tannins. Superb oak integration with long finish.
Grapes were night harvested, picked by hand to retain flavours. Yield 5.8 tons / ha
15 years or more after vintage
Recommended to be served at 17ºC