WINEMAKER: Abrie Beeslaar
VARIETAL: 100% Pinotage
ORIGIN: Simonsberg, Stellenbosch
CLIMATE: A very dry and hot growing season which resulted in lower yields
AGE OF VINES: 64 year old bush vines
IRRIGATION: None – dry land vineyards
SOIL: Decomposed granite and Hutton soils
YIELD: 2.8 tons/ha
Fermentation took place in open concrete fermenters. The cap was punched down manually every 2 hours and the juice was drawn off the skins after 3.5 days.
18 months in 100 % new 225L French Nevers oak barrels.
Deep purple colour, with intense floral and perfumed top notes of rose petals, followed by aromas of strawberries, mulberries and hints of oak spice. The mid palate is filled with plush flavours of red fruits, plums and chocolate. Seamlessly integrated oak and velvety tannins adds great support and structure. A big, mouth filling, complex and powerful wine, yet elegant at the same time.
Best served with roast game, duck or Asianstyled cuisine.
AGEING POTENTIAL: 20 – 25 years from vintage
FREE SO2: 41
TOTAL SO2: 85
“Serious, smoky, dark and brooding, this old-vine cuvée is always one of the best Pinotages in the Cape, with a price tag to match. Intense, concentrated and with a beguiling combination of red and black fruits, scented new wood, a slight volatile lift and plenty of underlying structure. Drink 2022-30.”
Tim Atkin, 96 points