Fleur du Cap Pinotage 2009

This wine has a deep red colour with purplish edges. On the nose it shows a variety of dark fruit flavours such as plums and black cherries enhanced with
subtle oak spices and vanilla. On the pallet, complex flavours of black berry fruits mix with tobacco and cellar oak. The wine has a soft tannin structure and a velvet textured finish.

Perfect with grilled lamb and poultry, pork roasts and game fish. An ideal accompaniment to classic Cape cuisine, such as Bobotie and Malay curries, aswell as spicy Mexican food.

variety : Pinotage | 100% Pinotage
winemaker : Justin Corrans
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 14.06 % vol  rs : 2.36 g/l  pH : 3.6  ta : 5.56 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Full  taste : Fruity   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

in the vineyard : Shaped by the generosity of nature and the rich biodiversity of the Cape Floral Kingdom, the Fleur du Cap Bergkelder range reflects the abundant yet subtle flavours of this truly unique terroir. All the vineyards from which these wines are made are situated within the Cape Floral Kingdom, the smallest, yet richest of only six such plant kingdoms in the world. The Bergkelder Selection is known for exceptional quality and wines that express their true varietal character.

Terroir
Climate, soil, altitude and slope orientation are chosen to capture as much varietal character as possible. The climate is mild with south and east facing slopes offering protection against late afternoon sun. Cooling breezes from the Atlantic Ocean ensure rich, slow growing crops. Soils are predominantly medium textured and well-drained with good water holding capacity.

The vineyards (Viticulturist: Bennie Liebenberg)
The grapes were sourced from vineyards in the Stellenbosch area planted from 1989 to 1997, at altitudes ranging from 210 to 320 meters above sea level. The vineyards are grafted on R99 phylloxsera resistant rootstock and trellised on a 5-wire hedge system. The vines were grown under dryland conditions and a yield of approximately 8 tons/ha was produced. Pest and disease control was implemented according to South African subjective IPW standards.

about the harvest: The grapes were handpicked at 23° to 24° Balling.

in the cellar : In the cellar the grapes were carefully de-stemmed and crushed into fermentors. The must was cold soaked for 5 days at 10º C and inoculated with a selected yeast. During fermentation, the temperature was controlled carefully at 25º to preserve fruit flavours. Colour and tannin extraction was performed by pump-overs avoiding the incorporation of any harsh tannins. After fermentation the wine was drained off and the skins pressed with the hard pressings excluded. Malolactic fermentation occurred naturally. The wine was matured for 12 months with a combination of new French and American oak and second and third-fill barrels. The wine was bottled matured for 3 months before release.

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