Aaldering Vineyards & Wines South Africa
Pinotage (100%) unwooded 2017
Deep red in colour with a hint of purple. Red cherry and raspberry notes are interspersed with savoury and smoky scents. Full bodied and supported by velvety tannins the wine finishes off with a sweet red berry taste which is nicely balanced out by the acidity.
Soil: Decomposed Granite (Hutton, Clovelly Soils)
Rootstock: Richter 99
Orientation: South East Facing
Altitude: 110-160m above sea level
It was expected at this early stage that the 2019 grape crop will return to normal levels thanks to good rainfall hot on the heels of a three year-long drought. The size and quality of the 2019 grape crop was further influenced by weather conditions in the flowering period leading up to harvest, together with the vineyards’ ability to recover from the drought. We experienced good cold conditions during the winter and rainfall was higher than previous year. Spring has set in earlier, and the vines initially started to bud earlier than normal. In September, temperature fluctuations delayed vine growth however, and in certain cultivars resulted in late and uneven bud burst. By the end of September, temperatures rose again with subsequent good vine growth.
This wine is unwooded and should therefore be treated as a white wine. It will age well for 5 years from vintage and was bottled with natural cork to allow the wine to breath and develop.
Enjoy this wine with seared tuna steak or a rack of lamb. Smoked duck and pulled pork, or simply as an aperitif.
RS: 2,5 g/l
TA: 4.8 g/l