The deep ruby red colours belie the perfect balance which runs through every facet of this wine. Chocolate and red berries culminate in an exciting palate, painstakingly crafted from the moment of conception through to the final sip to create a classic Pinotage, elegant, rich in fruit, and a hint of spice.
Annelie Viljoen (Viticulturist) The grapes were sourced from trellised, dryland and irrigated vineyards in the Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch Kloof, Devon Valley, Somerset West areas. Some of the vines are grown under dryland conditions while others are irrigated. Mostly south-west facing, they derive the maximum benefit from cooling maritime breezes that contribute to slow ripening of the grapes and concentrated fruit flavours.
Deon Boshoff (Cellar Master) / Bonny van Niekerk (Winemaker) The grapes were harvested by hand at 25,5° to 26,5° Balling in February when fruit and tannins were fully ripened but the berries and skins still firm. Each vineyard block was individually vinified. After fermentation for 10 to 13 days, the wine was aged in a combination of small wood (55%) and in stainless steel tanks (45%). First- and second-fill 300-litre American, French and Hungarian oak barrels were used for maturation.
Colour Dark plum red. Bouquet Elegant aromas of dark purple fruit and oak spice. Palate A full-bodied wine, bursting with cherry flavours and spice. Seamless integration of spice, cloves and plum flavours, creating a long lingering finish on the palate.
Excellent enjoyed on its own or served with poultry, game or red meat dishes. The wine also pairs well with dark chocolate desserts and roasted pecan nuts.
Alcohol: 14,00% by volume Residual sugar: 2.70 g/l Total acidity: 5.58 g/l pH: 3.70