5 Stars 2021 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Second consecutive 5-Star rating for this pinotage. Though rich & ripe, touch juicer than Journal sibling. 19 (95 pts)’s livelier feel enhanced by elegant tannins & red-berried freshness. Delicious savoury touches of liquorice & spice. Monitor if cellaring, don’t over-age.
South Africa’s most famous home-grown grape variety has been suited to the Durbanville area for decades, the cool coastal climate bringing a ream of fresh complexity to this famous red wine. This is one of Diemersdal stalwart red wines, half of which is crafted from the oldest block of dryland bush-vines on the estate and represents a cherished part of the Louw family’s wine-making heritage.
The vines are rooted in deep red Hutton soils on north-facing slopes, catching the southerly breezes of summer and the frontal winds that punish the Cape from the north in winter. Cool growing conditions on exposed aspects, as well as the practice of dryland farming, sees the fruit develop slowly, drawing maximum variety expression on the vine. The result is bunches of small berries, ideal for making wines of structure, elegance and refinement.
Maturation: 14 months wood matura’on in 30% new 225L French oak barrels.
Grapes for this wine comes from 50% 44 year old bush vines and the other 50% from 24 year old trellised vines. Fermented in 1 ton open fermenters for 4 days at 26-28ºC. Punch through and pumped over every 3 hours. 100% MLF completed spontaneously in 225L French oak barrels.