Rijk's Pinotage Syrah 2014
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.
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.
62% Pinotage 38% Syrah
Grapes were night harvested, picked by hand to retain flavours. Yield 6.4 tons / ha
At least 12 or more years after vintage
Recommended to be served at 17ºC
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.