Vriesenhof Pinotage 2008

A warm growing season has produced a vintage with unique characteristics. Warm, ripe aromas of sour cherries, raspberries and plumb with strong flavours of peach and red fruit are well balanced by leather and smokiness from the 2nd fill barrels.

variety : Pinotage [ 100% Pinotage ]
winemaker : Nicky Claasens
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 14.02 % vol  rs : 1.38 g/l  pH : 3.56  ta : 5.64 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry   wooded
pack : Bottle  size : 0  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 ±10 000 litre 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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