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Diemersdal: Pinotage 2015

This wine shows a complex nose of red fruits, vanilla, exotic spices, and rich dark chocolate aromas. The palate is full flavoured and smoothly textured with oriental spice, chocolate and roasted banana flavours. Our Pinotage is ready to drink, but will also benefit for another 5 years’ cellaring.

$26.00 $19.99

Year: 2015

Origin: Durbanville; South Africa
Blend: 100% Pinotage

Analysis:
Alc: 15.06%
Total Acid: 6.2g/l
RS: 2.1g/l
pH: 3.48

Terroir: Slope: North-facing slopes
Soil: Deep red Hutton
Climate: Moderate with cooling sea breezes from the Atlantic Ocean.
Viticulture: Yield: 10-14 t/ha
Trellising: 4 wire Perold
Age of vines: 4 – 18 years
Irrigation: Dry-land conditions

Oenology:
The grapes were harvested at optimum ripeness. Fermentation in open-fermenters for 5-7 days at 26ºC to 28ºC. Punch through every 4 hours pressed at 5º Balling. 100%
MLF completed spontaneously in tanks before the wine was racked into 225L French oak barrels.

Maturation:
10 months oak maturation in 30% new 225L French oak barrels.

Review (Yvonne Lorkin):

Just because it has pinot noir as its Dad, don’t be lulled into thinking pinotage going to be safe as a cardigan and slippers, oh no. Its mum is crazy old cinsault and she injects some meaty tannins, deep plum, concentrated berry and chocolate flavours, which make this an utterly unputdownable (technical term there) red wine. This South African stunner will change your life. Sip with slow cooked mandarin and ginger beef cheeks. 4.5 stars.

Winemaker’s notes:
This wine shows a complex nose of red fruits, vanilla, exotic spices, and rich dark chocolate aromas. The palate is full flavoured and smoothly textured with oriental spice, chocolate and roasted banana flavours. Our Pinotage is ready to drink, but will also benefit for another 5 years’ cellaring.

Food suggestions:
Lamb-knuckle or oxtail stew with sun-dried tomatoes.

Awards:
2014 vintage: Silver – Veritas Wine Awards ‘ 15
2014 vintage: Silver – Michelangelo Int’l ‘15
2014 vintage: 4* John Platter rating
2013 vintage: Gold – Michelangelo Int’l ‘15
2013 vintage: ABSA Pinotage Top 20 ‘14
2012 vintage: ABSA Pinotage Top 10 ‘13
2011 vintage: ABSA Pinotage Top 10 ‘12
2009 vintage: Gold – Michelangelo Int’l ‘10