If you are skeptical about South Africa’s signature grape Pinotage, then try this great example from one of the best producers in the country. It boasts an inviting nose of spicy redcurrants and raspberries, and the full-bodied palate is packed with more ripe red fruit. The oak is well-integrated and there’s lots of spice on the long finish.

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Product Notes

Winemaker: Abrie Beeslaar

Variety: 100% Pinotage

Origin: Stellenbosch

Climate 2017 vintage: Long, cold and wet winter with a slow steady ripening period.

Age of Vines: 5-20 years

Soil: Decomposed granite and Hutton

Yield: 6-7 tons/ha

Vinification: Fermentation in open concreete fermenters @ 28C Cap was punched manually every 2 hours and juice was drawn off the skins after 3 days.

Maturation: For 14 months in 2nd-fill French oak barrels

Description: A complex wine with hints of red fruit and mocha. Elegant tannin structure with good length and dry finish. Can mature a further 6-8 years.

Food suggestions: Red meat, pasta with strong-flavoured sauces, spicy dishes.

14.5% alc/vol; Free SO2 55; Total SO2 90; pH 3.66; TA 5.4; RS 1.7 VA 0.6


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