Diemersfontein Pinotage 2003

On the nose an explosion of mocha coffee, black chocolate and roasted nuts with undertones of caramelized banana and blackcurrant. The ripe subtle tannins create a wine to be drunk very young. This unique style of Pinotage is a perfect accompaniment to salmon, roast venison and even chocolate mouse.


variety : Pinotage [ 100% Pinotage ]
winemaker : Bertus Fourie
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 13.87 % vol  rs : 1.9 g/l  pH : 3.52  ta : 5.3 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Full   wooded
pack : Bottle  

in the vineyard : Situation of vineyards: A blend of two different terroirs: Northern sloping vineyards lying next to the Berg River. The soils a mixture of sand and larger pebbles; the subsoil iron rich loamy with a high clay content. Western sloping vineyards in area with very high annual rainfall. Deep, clayish dark red soils. Both vineyards are drip irrigated.

about the harvest: Harvest Date: February 2003
Degrees balling at harvest: 26°Balling
Yield: 8 ton/ha

in the cellar : Cold soaking for 24 hours. Inoculation with yeast. Aerated pump overs every 3 hours for 25 minutes to extract sufficient colour, tannin and aroma. Pressed at 2° B and completed alcoholic fermentation on French oak inserstave. Malolactic fermentation on primary lees. Racked after malolactic fermentation and put back in the oak. Bottled first week of August 2003.

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