Rijk's 888 Pinotage Gold 2012
Pinotage is South Africa's signature red wine grape created in South Africa in 1925 by Abraham Izak Perold, the first Professor of Viticulture at Stellenbosch University. Perold was attempting to combine the best qualities of the robust Cinsault (also known as Hermitage) with Pinot Noir, crossing a Rhone and Burgundy cultivar. The first Pinotage wine was produced in 1941.
Rarely found anywhere else in the world. Pinotage is a one of a kind rustic red wine.
Full bodied red wine. Fruit driven food wine.
Grapes were night harvested; picked by hand to retain flavours.
A 56 hours cold maceration period was given prior to fermentation. Pigaege took place 3 times per day to extract tannin and colour. Skins were pressed at 5°B. MLF took place in barrels. Matured for 22 months in 66% new and 34% 2nd fill French oak barrels. Blending a strict selection of 3 barrels made this wine.
This dark red coloured wine has intense red fruit aromas of cherry, strawberry and cranberry, with underlying coconut and cinnamon spice on the nose. These exquisite aromas carry through onto a rich, creamy palate where it lingers for moments after the wine exits the palate. Silky, well-integrated and elegant tannins keep this wine in perfect harmony and balance.
Venison, Poultry and Beef
10 to 12 Years after vintage.
Recommended to be served at 17°C.