Beyerskloof Diesel Pinotage 2011

Colour:  Deep ruby red.
Bouquet:  Rich blackcurrent, dark cherries, prunes and ceder oak aromas.

Tasting Notes:  A big structured Pinotage with intense dark fruit flavours. A complex middle leads to a smooth finish with pleasant cedar flavours from the oak.

The ideal match to spicy Indian dishes or a well matured rump/sirloin steak.

variety : Pinotage [ 100% Pinotage ]
winery : Beyerskloof
winemaker : Anri Truter
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 15.0 % vol  rs : 2.5 g/l  pH : 3.56  ta : 6.0 g/l  so2 : 123 mg/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Huge  taste : Fruity   wooded
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Cork  

ageing : Great balance between fruit and oak will allow superb ageing in the bottle for 10 years and more.

in the vineyard : Soil:  Oakleaf, Klapmuts
Trellising:  Bush vines
Age of Vines:  15 - 20 years

about the harvest: Good rainfalls and cool weather during winter ensured good nutrient storage by the vines. The early summer saw mild temperatures with some cool evenings emulating into an even budding period. Above average temperatures during summer and the latter ripening periods made for an early but intensive harvest. The 2011 harvest saw average yields of healthy grapes with good primary fruit aromas and concentration of the young wines. Should be a good vintage for the Cape Red Varietals.

in the cellar : 5 days in open casks with punch downs every 2 hours. Average fermentation temperature was 25.5° C. After Malolacting fermentation in stainless steel tanks, the wine matured in 100% new French oak barrels for 21 months. After maturation, only 20 barrels were selcted out of 300.

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