Rijk's Reserve 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 67% new and 33% 2nd fill French barrels. Bottled and laid to rest and aged till released.

Characteristics

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

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.

Tasting Notes

ApluDeep red colour has intense red fruit aromas of cherry, strawberry and cranberry with underlying coconut and cinnamon spice on the nose. These exquisite aromas carry through onto a rich, creamy lingering palate. Silky well integrated and elegant tannins shows the perfect harmony and balalce. Superb fine dining wine.

Cultivar

100% Pinotage

Harvest

Grapes were night harvested, picked by hand to retain flavours. Yield 5.8 tons / ha

Ageing Potential

At least 12 or more years after vintage

Serving Temperature

Recommended to be served at 17ÂșC

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