Nederburg Pinotage 2003

International Wine Challenge 2005 - Seal of Approval
Veritas 2005 - Bronze
Colour: Concentrated ruby crimson in colour.
Bouquet: Aromas of overripe berries, rich plum and blackcurrant with an earthy undertone.
Taste: An elegant medium-bodied, smooth entry wine with flavours picked up on the nose and follow through to a slight tannic finish.

The winemaker suggests serving this wine with pasta, pizza, roast leg, bobotie or even chocolate.

variety : Pinotage [ 100% Pinotage ]
winery : Nederburg Wines
winemaker : Elunda Basson
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 13.22 % vol  rs : 1.60 g/l  pH : 3.58  ta : 6.30 g/l  
type : Red  body : Medium   wooded
pack : Bottle  

AWARDS
International Wine Challenge 2005 - Seal of Approval
Veritas 2005 - Bronze
in the vineyard : The grapes were sourced from vineyards in and around the Western Cape. Planted between 1990 and 1998 the vines grow on southern to south-eastern slopes situated at between 80 m and 150 m above sea level, in soils originating from decomposed granite and Kroonstad and Swartland. The vines, grafted onto nematode resistant rootstock Richter 99, 110 and 101-14, received supplementary irrigation from an overhead sprinkler system, yielding an average of 8 to 10 tons per hectare.

about the harvest: The grapes were harvested by hand and machine at between 23° and 24,5° Balling from the end of January to mid-February.

in the cellar : The grapes were fermented on the skins at 25° to 28°C for 10 to 14 days in stainless steel tanks. Upon completion of malolactic fermentation the wine was matured in second and third-fill oak barrels for 8 to 12 months.

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