Longridge Pinotage 2004

Dark ruby red with a wide edge, the colour of red cherry skin. Prominent aromas of sweet cherry are complemented by vanilla, white and dark chocolate and hints of tobacco. A creamy, mouth-filling wine with white chocolate flavours mingling with wild berry fruit.

Decant and serve with red meats such as biltong or roast beef. Also recommended with pasta.

variety : Pinotage | 100% Pinotage
winery : 
winemaker : Kobie Viljoen
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 14.83 % vol  rs : 2.3 g/l  pH : 3.7  ta : 5.6 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Full   wooded
pack : Bottle  size : 0  closure : 0  

ageing : Enjoy now and within 7 to 12 years from harvest.

in the vineyard : Climate
Average Temperature: Summer 13°C - 28°C / Winter 8°C - 19°C
Annual Rainfall: 940 mm
Proximity to Ocean: 12 km

Soil
Glen Rosa, Hutton and Avalon

Viticulture
Trellised, 8-year-old vines planted on southeast-facing slopes overlooking False Bay yielded the grapes for this wine. The vineyards received drip irrigation and yielded 8 tons per hectare.

about the harvest: Grapes from selected vineyard blocks were hand-harvested at 26.2° Balling.

in the cellar : The berries were meticulously sorted, gently crushed and cooled down to 10 – 12° Celsius. Cold soaking preceded temperature-controlled fermentation. Maturation in a combination of French and American oak barrels broadened the flavours and added complexity and finesse. The wines from selected barrels were then blended before bottling.

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