Rijk's Pinotage Syrah 2013

Cellar Practices

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.

Characteristics

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

Analysis                              

Winemaker:  Pierre Wahl                         

Viticulturist:  Neville Dorrington

Residual sugar:  2.6 g/l

Acidity:  6.1 g/l

pH:  3.51

Alcohol  14.69%

Appelation   Tulbagh

In the Vineyard

Soil  low yielding well drained vertical schale / schist  Aspect  west, north-west and east

Trellis and bush vines.

Cultivar

67% Pinotage 33% Syrah

Harvest

Grapes were night harvested, picked by hand to retain flavours. Yield 5.6 tons / ha

Ageing Potential

At least 12 or more years after vintage

Serving Temperature

Recommended to be served at 17ÂșC

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Tasting Notes

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.