WINEMAKER: Abrie Beeslaar
VARIETIES: 100% Pinotage
ORIGIN: Simonsberg, Stellenbosch
CLIMATE: Cold and wet winter with some warmer days during picking season.
AGE OF VINES: Up to 59 year old bush vines.
IRRIGATION: None – dry land
SOIL: Decomposed granite and Hutton soils.
YIELD: 5.0 tons/ha – 3250 litre/ha
Fermentation took place in open concrete fermenters @ 28°C. Cap was punched manually every 2 hours and was the juice drawn off the skins after 3 days.
PRODUCTION: 75 000 Bottles
A complex and fruity wine with red and black fruit flavours when young. After some bottle age this wine will start to show some farmyard, earthy and forest floor characteristics.
MATURATION: Matured for 16 months in 75% new 225 lit. French and 25% 2nd fill.
AGEING POTENTIAL: Can, under decent conditions, mature for at least 15 years.
FOOD SUGGESTION: Red meat or spicy Asian style dishes when young. Better with lamb or mutton when matured.
FREE SO2: 51
TOTAL SO2: 98