Geur: open en aantrekkelijk, fruitig, pruimen, rood fruit, bessen, licht kruidig
Smaak: zacht en sappig, veel fruit, puur, zachte tannines
Houdbaar: op dronk, minimaal houdbaar tot eind 2022
Lekker bij: BBQ, (licht) belegen kazen, stevige vis, gevogelte. Iets gekoeld drinken zo rond de 15 graden.
The vineyard is located on the fertile slopes of the Olifantsberg Mountain Range where it endures wide diurnal temperature differences and strong winds, at altitudes from 250 to 450 metres above sea level. During the winter the mountain peaks are snow covered, keeping the vines dormant for longer. Cold winters, coupled with the summer winds, ensures the slow ripening of the grapes; helps to maintain healthy vines; and contributes freshness and elegance to the wines. The soils in the vineyard comprise of unique sandy shale with clay subsoil, which lends structure to
the final wine. The Pinotage vines are trellised and are farmed in a sustainable manner with supplementary drip irrigation.
Pinotage is a part of our heritage and adds to the authenticity of our cellar. We decided to take a fresh approach to this uniquely South African variety. We fermented with whole berries in open top fermenters. Soft techniques were used to extract colour, fruit and tannin. The wine was aged a further 10 months in seasoned French oak barrels.
Tim Atkin: 90/100
Platter’s: Pinotage 2017, ****
Strikes modern note with plentiful bright cherry & raspberry juiciness. 2017’s medium body, zesty yet unharsh grip, add to uncomplicated yet satisfying drinking.
Robert Parker 87/100
Beginning with a slightly reductive nose, the 2017 Pinotage has aromas of struck matchstick along with juicy tobacco spice and blackberry tones in the glass. The palate has a somewhat complex fruit core, and the tannins are well-managed with a balanced structure, leading to a grippy finish. I ended up decanting the bottle, and some of the sulfur compounds blew off, making the wine more enjoyable. I recommend giving this wind a good decanting and letting it sit for at least 15 minutes before enjoying.