Bellingham Homestead Pinotage 2016

An intense dark red middle with a ruby red rim plotting sweet spices, plums and mulberries with hints of vanila on the nose. Hints of ripe and juicy raspberry, strawberry and black cherry flavours are supported by wel-integrated oak spice on the palate with an exciting tannin structure.

Rosemary and Elderberry roasted leg of lamb, venison, spare ribs with a rich barbecue sauce, oxtail or osso buco.

variety : Pinotage [ 100% Pinotage ]
winery : Bellingham Wines
winemaker : Niël Groenewald
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 14.0 % vol  rs : 4.5 g/l  pH : 3.5  ta : 5.6 g/l  
type : Red  body : Full   wooded
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Cork  

Nestled between the slopes of the Groot Drakenstein mountains in the Franschhoek Valley, lies the Bellingham Homestead. The Homestead Series brings homage to the Bellingham approach to excellence, innovation and quality winemaking through region specific sourcing of grapes and showcasing the most interesting varietals South Africa has to offer.

in the vineyard : The 2016 vintage was one of the driest and hottest years we have experienced in ages. A dry winter folowed with a dry summer and the tonnes per hectare were less. It did, however, result in smal berries and great fruit concentration for the wines.

Terroir: The Mountainous terrain and diversity of terroirs are key contributors to making this a premier viticultural area with granite and soils.
Climate: The vineyards are on altitudes above 200m and open to the cool south westerly summer breezes originating in False Bay.

about the harvest: Grapes were handpicked late February.

in the cellar : Slow fermentation on the skins, punch downs for colour extraction coaxes depth of colour and flavour before malolactic fermentation and maturation took place in barrels.

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