Rijk's 888 Gold Pinotage 2011

Cellar Practices

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.

Characteristics

Elegance, finesse, complexity and concentration of fruit - full bodied

Analysis                              

Winemaker:  Pierre Wahl                         

Viticulturist:  Neville Dorrington

Residual sugar:  2.9 g/l

Acidity:  5.5 g/l

pH:  3.54

Alcohol  14.8 %

Appelation   Tulbagh

In the Vineyard

Soil  low yielding well drained vertical schale / schist  Aspect  east

Trellis and bush vines.

Tasting Notes

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.

Cultivar

100% Pinotage

Harvest

Grapes were night harvested, picked by hand to retain flavours. Yield 5.8 tons / ha

Ageing Potential

15 years or more after vintage

Serving Temperature

Recommended to be served at 17ºC

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