Beeslaar, Pinotage 2018

Beeslaar, Pinotage 2018

Beeslaar, Pinotage 2018

15 in stock

Beeslaar, Pinotage 2018

54,00 

15 in stock

750
SKU WC110720-2018 Category

WINEMAKER: Abrie Beeslaar

COMPOSITION: 100% Pinotage

ORIGIN: Stellenbosch – single vineyard

AGE OF VINES: 25 year old bush vines

IRRIGATION: None – dry land vineyards

SOIL TYPE: Shale, Oakleaf and decomposed granite

YIELD: 5 tons per hectare

AGEING POTENTIAL: 15 to 20 years from vintage

VINTAGE CONDITIONS

One of the driest vintages in recent history. December thunderstorms deposited lots of nitrogen in the vineyards, stimulating aggressive growth. The average daytime temperatures were 20C warmer than the long term average, but without any significant heatwaves. Cooler nights allowed the vines to recover from the harsh stress of the warm, dry days.

VINIFICATION

Handpicked grapes were destemmed, sorted and fermented in open top concrete fermenters at 280C. The skins were punched down by hand, every 2 hours during fermentation. The juice was drawn off the skins after 3 days. Malolactic fermentation and maturation took place for 21 months in 225L French oak barrels (40% new).

TASTING NOTES

Complex aromas of blackcurrants, spice, liquorice and dark chocolate dominate the nose. The palate is plush and luxurious, with layered red and black fruit flavours. A powerfully structured wine with elegant, finely grained tannins and a lingering, dry finish. Best from 2021 onwards.

ALC 14.50% | RS 2.4 g/l | TA 5.40 g/l | pH 3.57 | TOTAL SO2 86 mg/l

 

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