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1900 Pinotage 2011

Grapes Pinotage “Elgin” & Pinotage “Simonsberg“ Stellenbosch
Clone PI 48
Aspect West face (steep slopes) / South face
Altitude 200 m
Distance from the sea 12 km
Soil type Sandstone, shale and light clay soils
Rootstock R 101-14 / R 99
Age of the vines 5 years / 16 years
Trellising Bush vine
Pruning 2 buds
Harvest date The 1st of February 2011


Winemaking record: Hand-picked grapes in small 18kg boxes, one night in the cool store (10°C) and then destemmed. 6 days cold soak in our red fermentor followed by spontaneous wild and very quick yeast fermentation. After fermentation the grape-skins were slowly pressed in a stainless steel basket press (JLB 5). Malolactic fermentation in selected barrels. The nature MLF finished in May. Barrel ageing without one racking, for 11 months - no fining and no filtering.

Maturation prior to release 11 months on his nature fine lees

Bottling

15/02/2012

Wine analysis alcohol 13,00 %
total acid 5,70 g/l
PH 3,38
residual sugar 1,59 g/l
Cellaring potential 8 to 10 years


Winemakers comments: My second release and made again, with a lot of passion to convince people that another style of Pinotage (a more elegant one) is possible in SA. The wine has a ruby purple colour that reminds us of a “north of Burgundy style” type of wine. This Pinotage has a complex, subtle nose of black current, violet, cinnamon and black cherries. It’s a very elegant type of Pinotage, with a lingering aftertaste and a nice ageing potential. The Pinotage 2011 is slightly riper than the previous vintage. 100% matured in French oak barrels of 300 l. and 225 l., for 11 months.

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