Vriesenhof Pinotage 2007

The wine shows dark, smooth and velvety characteristics. Maraschino cherries, quince preserve and plums on the mid palate with chocolate and spice following on the long aftertaste.

Trying to describe this wine is an effort in futility, each taste of the wine evolves into a completely new experience.

variety : Pinotage [ 100% Pinotage ]
winemaker : Nicky Claasens
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 13.62 % vol  rs : 2.1 g/l  pH : 3.26  ta : 7.1 g/l  
type : Red   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

in the vineyard : Situation: South facing slope on Vriesenhof farm
Altitude: 200 m
Distance from sea: 8 km
Soil Type: Malmesbury shale
Rootstock: R99
Age of vines: ±30 years
Trellising: Bush Vines
Pruning: Short
Irrigation: Supplement Overhead

in the cellar : Fermentation takes place in closed tanks of ±10 000l where pump overs are done every 4 hours. The wine stays in contact with the skins for between 5 and 6 days. After fermentation on the skin the skins were pressed and the wine was racked in 1st and 2nd fill French oak to complete both alcoholic and malolactic fermentation. The wine was matured for ±24 months in 1st and 2nd fill French oak barrels.

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