Bellingham Pinotage with a dash of Petit Verdot 2005

Bellingham Pinotage is an exciting rendition of South Africa's unique variety. Enticing and exciting with liberal lashings of ripe mulberry, juicy raspberry, roast coffee beans, clove spice and vanilla oak.

Deliciously smooth and enjoyable on its own or with basted steaks, roast duck, lamb chops, smoked sausages and tomato based pasta dishes.

variety : Pinotage [ 95% Pinotage, 5% Petit Verdot ]
winery : Bellingham Wines
winemaker : Niël Groenewald & Mario Damon
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 14.0 % vol  rs : 5.97 g/l  pH : 3.51  ta : 5.80 g/l  
type : Red   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

in the vineyard : Grapes come from choice vineyards with the focus on quality fruit and maximum flavour potential. 50% old bush vines and 50% vertical shoot positioned trellised younger vines. The grapes are selected from choice low yielding bush vine vineyards for optimal varietal expressions.

about the harvest: Harvesting commenced at optimum ripeness, averaging 25.5º B, ensuring ripe fruit tannins and full flavour profile. Yields were between 6-8 tons/ha.

in the cellar : Slow fermentation on the skins coaxes depth of colour and flavour before malolactic fermentation and maturation in French and American Oak barrels. Further intrigue and dimension is added by a dash of Petit Verdot in the final blend.

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