Rijk's Pinotage Syrah 2013
A 48 hour cold maceration was given prior to fermentation to extract colour and fruit. During fermentation punch downs were done 3 times a day. Skins were gently pressed before fermented dry. MLF took place in barrels. Matured for 22 months in 67% new and 33% 2nd fill French barrels. Bottled and laid to rest and aged till released.
Elegance, finesse, complexity and concentration of fruit- full bodied.
Winemaker: Pierre Wahl
Viticulturist: Neville Dorrington
Residual sugar: 2.6 g/l
Acidity: 6.1 g/l
In the Vineyard
Soil low yielding well drained vertical schale / schist Aspect west, north-west and east
Trellis and bush vines.
67% Pinotage 33% Syrah
Grapes were night harvested, picked by hand to retain flavours. Yield 5.6 tons / ha
At least 12 or more years after vintage
Recommended to be served at 17ºC
Our maiden release of a Pinotage Syrah blend. Rich and intense red colour. Vibrant and complex nose of mulberry, dark chocolate and some hints of fynbos perfume. Pinotage adds the fruit and richness, while Syrah adds the structure and spice. The mid palette is creamy and finishes with well-rounded mature tannins. Well-integrated oak lends subtle wood spices which compliment the fruit.