Rijk's Touch of Oak Pinotage 2014

Cellar Practices

A 48 hour cold maceration was given prior to fermentation to extract colour and fruit. Extraction during fermentation took place by pumping the juice over the skins 3 times per day. Skins were gently pressed before fermented dry. MLF took place in barrels. The wine was then matured for 18 months in 20% 2nd fill, 60% 3rd fill and 20% 4th fill French oak barrels.

Characteristics

Fruit driven medium bodied.

Analysis                              

Winemaker:  Pierre Wahl                         

Viticulturist:  Neville Dorrington

Residual sugar:  2.2 g/l

Acidity:  6.2 g/l

pH:  3.47

Alcohol  14.3%

Appelation   Coastal Region

In the Vineyard

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

Trellis and bush vines.

Tasting Notes

Nose explodes with aromas of cranberry and subtle hints of mulberry and vanilla spice. The lively palate is rich and creamy and finishes with smooth and well matured tannins. Gentle presence of oak on nose and palate supports this delicious wine.

Cultivar

100% Pinotage

Harvest

Grapes were night harvested, picked by hand to retain flavours. Yield 7.1 tons / ha

Ageing Potential

At least 5 - 7 years after vintage

Serving Temperature

Recommended to be served at 16ÂșC

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