Kleine Zalze Cellar Selection Pinotage 2015

This is a very elegant expression of Pinotage. On the bouquet there are notes of ripe,red fruit with floral tones and hints of lavender. The flavours follow through on the palate.

This wine is delightful on its own but can besuccessfully paired with hot curry dishes or wintry stews.

variety : Pinotage | 100% Pinotage
winemaker : RJ Botha
wine of origin : Coastal Region
analysis : alc : 14.0 % vol  rs : 3.3 g/l  pH : 3.54  ta : 6.2 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  taste : Fruity   wooded
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Cork  

ageing : A firm yet elegant tannin structure that will allow the wine to mature well over the next 5 - 8 years.

in the vineyard : The grapes for this blend come primarily from the Stellenbosch area and are usually augmented with selected parcels from other regions. The 2015 vintage was quite early and the growing conditions leading up to harvest were near ideal.

about the harvest: Owing to the favourable conditions we had very even ripening of the grapes and very good physiological ripeness at harvest.

in the cellar : After picking, the grapes were destemmed only and transferred to tank for “wholeberry” fermentation. Half of the wine was fermented in open cement tanks with regular punch downs and pump overs to extract tannin and colour. The remaining half was fermented in closed stainless steel tank and pumped over every 8 hours. The wines were pressed before complete alcoholic fermentation to ensure soft tannins and avoid any over extraction. The wine was matured in 2nd and 3rd fill barrels for 12 months.

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