Rijk's Private Cellar Pinotage 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 60% French and 40% American 300 litre barrels - 40% new, 40% 2nd fill and 20% 3rd fill - for maturing and ageing.

Characteristics

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

Analysis                              

Winemaker:  Pierre Wahl                         

Viticulturist:  Neville Dorrington

Residual sugar:  2.6 g/l

Acidity:  5.9 g/l

pH:  3.49

Alcohol  14.6%

Appelation   Tulbagh

In the Vineyard

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

Trellis and bush vines.

Cultivar

100% Pinotage

Harvest

Grapes were night harvested, picked by hand to retain flavours. Yield 6.2 tons / ha

Ageing Potential

At least 15 or more years after vintage

Serving Temperature

Recommended to be served at 17ÂșC

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Tasting Notes

Rich and intense deep red colour. Complex and vibrant nose of red berries, ripe cherry and plum backed by pure Rijks Pinotage fruit. These delicious fruity aromas carry through onto a rich creamy palate with superb concentration of tannins and well intergrated oak with subtlewood spices complimenting the fruit.