67% Pinotage, 33% Syrah
Elegance, finesse, complexity and concentration of fruit – full bodied
Rich and intense red colour. Vibrant and complex nose of mulberry, dark chocolate and some hints of fynbos perfume. Pinotage adds the fruit and richness, while Syrah adds the structure and spice. The mid palette is creamy and finishes with well-rounded mature tannins. Well-integrated oak lends subtle wood spices which compliment the fruit.
In the Vineyard
Soil Low yielding, well drained vertical shale/schist
Aspect west, northwest and east
Trellis and bush vines
Grapes were night harvested, picked by hand to retain flavours. Yield 5.6 tons / ha
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. Skins were gently pressed before fermenting dry. MLF was in barrel. The Pinotage matured for 22 months in 60% French and 40% American 300 litre oak barrels, and the Syrah for 22 months in 100% French oak barrels. 50% new, 30% 2nd fill and 20% 3rd fill were used for maturing.
At least 12 years after vintage
Recommended to be served at 17ºC
|Residual sugar||3.1 g/l|