Neethlingshof Pinotage 1999

Winemaker Philip Constandius describes the ruby-hued wine as medium in body and as having a velvety texture with earthy, vegetal aromas and strong, plummy varietal flavours.

He suggests serving it with ostrich, guinea fowl and other game poultry.

variety : Pinotage | Pinotage
winemaker : Philip Constandius
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 13.99 % vol  rs : 3.47 g/l  pH : 3.8  ta : 5.43 g/l  
 wooded
pack : Bottle  

in the vineyard : The Pinotage grapes selected for this wine came from a range of trellised, south-east facing vineyads on this Stellenbosch farm. All dryland vineyards, they ranged in age from 7 to 25 years at the time of harvest, grown in gravel soils with a clay content of about 10%.

about the harvest: The grapes were hand-harvested towards the end of February at 25ºBalling.

in the cellar : The grapes were fermented on the skins for five days in rotation tanks between 25º and 30ºC. The wine was matured in 225-litre French oak barrels for 24 months.

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