Perdeberg Pinotage Reserve 2005

A Pinotage which offers delicious soft plum, chocolate and vanilla flavours.

Luscious tannins and sweet fruit make it the perfect partner for game, carpaccio or duck.

variety : Pinotage | 100% Pinotage
winery : Perdeberg Wines
winemaker : Pieter Carstens
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 14.1 % vol  rs : 3.8 g/l  pH : 3.55  ta : 5.6 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

AWARDS
2008 Swiss International Air Lines Wine Awards - Bronze Award

ageing : Cellaring potential: 6 years

in the vineyard : The grapes for this wine originate from the farm Middelburg in the Agter-Paarl. The very old bush vine vineyard was planted in 1974 and is totally un-irrigated. The deep and very old Malmesbury shale soil allows roots to penetrate deep for optimum nutrition and moisture. The most advanced viticultural practices were and still are used in environmental friendly ways to enhance grape quality. Our grapes are tasted regularly during the ripening season to make sure we harvest at optimum ripeness for the best possible flavour and body in our wines. The average yield for this vineyard is 5 tons/ha. Sunny days, cool nights, and cooling sea breezes in the afternoon is very common to this area in the ripening period.

in the cellar : Grapes were crushed in open casks and cold soaked for two days with enzymes to extract as much fruit and colour as possible. The juice was inoculated with a dry yeast and fermentation took place on the skins at 25° to 27° C for 6 days until dry. To make for a full bodied red with soft tannins and lots of fruit, the must and skins were mixed and aerated 3-4 times per day. The skins were then pressed to a stainless steel tank with French oak staves where malolactic fermentation takes place. After malolactic the wine was aged for a further 14 months in a mix of small French and American oak barrels until the desired amount of wood and softness of the tannins was achieved.

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