4 ½ Stars 2022 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
From 54 year old Bottelary vines, 19 (93 pts) improves on also-tasted 18 in dense dark-fruit core. Rounded, succulent & spicy gateau charm, 16% wholebunch portion. Open ferment in concrete before 12 months in oak, 5% American, 37% new. Glossy & textured with sinewy tannins.
2021 ABSA Top 10 Pinotage
Grapes for this wine are harvested from 54 year old bush vine from the Bottelary property. Low yields increase fruit intensity and depth of flavour. These old vine gems have slower ripening cycles delivering more mature fruit and a distinct chalky finish generated from a mix of granite and red clay.
Grapes are crushed and allowed cold maceration for 24 – 48 hours. It is inoculated with French yeast strains and fermented in open concrete tanks with manual punch down of the cap every two hours for another 4-5 days.
The wine is then drained from the skins and further fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks. After fermentation has completed, it is matured in 100% French oak over a period of 12-14 months.
This wine offers raspberry, ripe peach and black cherry flavours with subtle oak nuances, a warm succulent palate and delicate lingering sweet and sour finish with lifted acidity.
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