Fort Simon Pinotage 1999

Marinus Bredell describes the wine as a typical Pinotage with a slight acetone character and full ripe strawberry and berry flavours. Soft wood tannins add depth to the wine and rounds it off.

variety : Pinotage [ Pinotage ]
winemaker : Marinus Bredell
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 13.15 % vol  rs : 1.7 g/l  pH : 3.7  ta : 5.7 g/l  
type : Red  

in the vineyard : The grapes came from vineyards planted in 1974 at altitudes ranging from 185 to 195 metres above sea level. The vines were planted in decomposed granite and were trellised.

about the harvest: The grapes were picked by hand at 23 Balling from 1 until 4 March. The yield was about 9 tons per hectare.

in the cellar : In the cellar the juice fermented on the skins at 22 to 28°C. The skins were withdrawn 2 weeks after fermentation. Malolactic fermentation was completed on the skins.
The wine was matured in wood for 8 to 9 months - 70 % in new French oak and 30% in American oak casks.

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