Rijk's Pinotage Syrah 2014

Cellar Practices

A 48 hour cold maceration was given prior to fermentation to extract colour and fruit. Extraction during fermentation took place by punch downs 3 times a day. Skins were gently pressed before fermented dry. MLF took place in barrels. The Pinotage matured for 22 months in 60% French and 40% American 300 lt oak barrels, and the Syrah for 22 months in 100% French oak 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

62% Pinotage 38% Syrah

Harvest

Grapes were night harvested, picked by hand to retain flavours. Yield 6.4 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

Rich and intense red colour. This blend really gets together. Both cultivars compliment each other beautifully, where the Pinotage lends the rich red fruit spectrum and drinkability, the Syrah adds structure and spice. Complex nose of white chocolate and Turkish delight. The mid palate is creamy and finishes with well rounded mature tannins. Well-integrated oak lends subtle wood spices complimenting the fruit.