Diemersdal Pinotage Reserve 2022

Tasting Notes

Winery: Diemersdal
Varietal: Pinotage
SKU: DIEPIN2022 Categories: ,
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Diemersdal Pinotage Reserve 2022



4 ½ Stars 2024 Platter’s South African Wine Guide

Juicer & more vivacious than Journal sibling, 22 (93 pts) has choc-mocha sheen to ripe red berries, big tannins & alc (14.8% alc) plus similar liquorice & spice from deft oaking, 30% new, for appeal & balance.

92 pts Tim Atkin MW 2023

Diemersdal is best known for its Sauvignon Blanc, but Thys Louw’s reds are worth seeking out too. This toasty, intensely perfumed Pinotage is a case in point, showing patisserie and mocha top notes and layers of raspberry, cherry and strawberry jam. 2024-27

91 pts Wine Advocate May 2024
The 2022 Pinotage Reserve, with 14% alcohol, showcases a fuller expression on the nose with emergent earthy undertones, mineral essence and ripe fruit, accented by oak influence and subtle hints of sous-bois and pencil lead. The wine is medium to full-bodied, with a surprising weight that carries a complex aftertaste, revealing its impressive depth. Matured for 14 months in French oak barrels, 40% of which were new, this wine promises to be food friendly for years to come. This Pinotage is poised to evolve beautifully. This is a production of 45,000 bottles. 2023-2034

Winemaker Notes

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’s stalwart red wines that represents a cherished part of the Louw family’s wine-making heritage.

These grapes were harvested at optimum phenolic ripeness. Grapes for this wine comes on 26 year old trellised vines. Fermented in 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. 14 months wood maturation in 40% new 225L French oak barrels.

Full bodied with dark berry and plum flavours and well balanced with complex aromas from French Oak barrels.  A wine with a long lingering finish.

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