Rijk's Private Cellar Pinotage 2013
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.
Elegance, finesse, complexity and concentration of fruit- full bodied.
Winemaker: Pierre Wahl
Viticulturist: Neville Dorrington
Residual sugar: 2.6 g/l
Acidity: 5.9 g/l
In the Vineyard
Soil low yielding well drained vertical schale / schist Aspect west, north-west and east
Trellis and bush vines.
Grapes were night harvested, picked by hand to retain flavours. Yield 6.2 tons / ha
At least 15 or more years after vintage
Recommended to be served at 17ºC
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.