Rijk's 888 Gold Pinotage 2010
A 48-hour cold maceration period was given prior to fermentation to extract colour and fruit. Extraction during fermentation took place by doing manual punch downs 3 times per day at a fermentation temperature of 28°C. Skins were gently pressed before fermented dry. MLF took place in barrels, after which it was matured for 20 months in 67% new and 33% 2nd fill French oak barrels. Wine from the 3 most complex and superlative barrels were selected to produce this rare and exceptional Pinotage.
Elegance, finesse, complexity and concentration of fruit - full bodied
Winemaker: Pierre Wahl
Viticulturist: Neville Dorrington
Residual sugar: 1.5 g/l
Acidity: 5.2 g/l
Alcohol 15.0 %
In the Vineyard
Soil low yielding well drained vertical schale / schist Aspect east
Trellis and bush vines.
Vibran Vibrant deep red in the glass. On the nose layers of blackcurrant, cherries and plums, with underlying white pepper and vanilla notes. A lingering savoury palate is well weighted and with perfect balance, rich and creamy with well integrated tannins. Superb oak integration with long finish.
Grapes were night harvested, picked by hand to retain flavours. Yield 5.4 tons / ha
15 years or more after vintage
Recommended to be served at 17ºC