Helderberg Pinotage 1999

Ruby red with purplish edge. Lovely aromas of plums and red cherries. Soft ripe cherry flavours with a very good balance and length. Suitable for all occasions. Serve with
Tzatziki roast beef or roast rack of lamb with sautéed or pickled vegetables.

variety : Pinotage [ Pinotage ]
winery : 
winemaker : Our Winemaking Team
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 12.53 % vol  rs : 3.12 g/l  pH : 3.6  ta : 5.76 g/l  
type : Red  

ageing : Drink the wine now or leave it to still develop in character and style for up to 3 years.

in the vineyard : Grapes are sourced from low bearing (7 tonnes per hectare) bush vines to ensure complex, well-structured fruit.
Age of vines is between 12 - 25 years. Vines are grafted on rootstocks 101-14 Mgt, Richter 99 depending on the potential of the soil (weathered granite soil type) and planted on the lower southern slopes. These vines are trellised on a 5-wire hedge system. Cool dry summer followed by short January heat wave which meant early ripening and higher alcohol to achieve proper ripeness.

in the cellar : The must is fermented on skins for ± 3 days when the juice is drawn off at 10°B. Maturation takes place in third fill French oak barrels for 12 months.

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