This Pinotage has upfront aromas of strawberries and raspberries, with subtle hints of coffee and chocolate. Medium bodied. Fresh and fruity, along with a very fine grained mid palate tannin.
In The Vineyard
These grapes were selected from a high lying vineyard overlooking False Bay and the Stellenbosch hills.
About The Harvest
The picking of these grapes were done when the grapes were at a ripe 25° Balling. Grapes were harvested in the earlier part of the morning to preserve freshness and fruit by the time we reach the cellar.
In The Cellar
The Pinotage berries were gently crushed and destemmed into and open fermenter where it was cold macerated for seven days before fermentation started. The wine was then pressed and laid down to rest in French oak barrels for ten months. No racking occurred to limit oxidation. Finally the wine was racked into a tank. No fining occurred and a very coarse filtration was done, so as not to damage the fruit.
In 1992 the Schmitz family bought Hoopenburg wines, and went about establishing a quality driven boutique wine farm. With beautiful views from Table Mountain to Simonsberg, good soils and cool afternoon breezes the location is perfect for premium wine production. The Hoopenburg estate is unique in South Africa where 100% of the grapes are produced from low yielding bush vines. Nourished by pure underground water, the unique bush vines produce grapes of exceptional taste and flavour. The moderate climate of the area combined with the good soils helps to produce top quality grapes and wines across all three of the Hoopenburg ranges.