Rijk's Reserve Pinotage 2014

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% new and 40% 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:  3.3 g/l

Acidity:  5.8 g/l

pH:  3.55

Alcohol  14.56%

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

ApluIntense and deep colour. Complex and multi-layered red fruit aromas of cherry, strawberry and cranberry on thr 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 6.7 tons / ha

Ageing Potential

At least 12 or more years after vintage

Serving Temperature

Recommended to be served at 17ÂșC

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