Rijk's Pinotage Private Cellar 2017
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.
Grapes were night harvested and picked by hand to retain flavours.
A 48-hour cold maceration period was given prior to fermentation to extract colour and fruit. Extraction during fermentation took place by doing manual punch downs 3 times per day. Skins were gently pressed before fermented dry. MLF took place in barrels. Matured for 22 months in 60% French and 40% American oak barrels. A total of 40% new, 30% 2nd fill and 30% 3rd fill barrels were used for ageing.
Rich and intense deep red color. Vibrant nose of red fruit, bamble-berry, ripe cherry and cranberry. These delicious fruity aromas carry through onto a rich, creamy palate with well balanced refined tannins on the finish. The well integrated oak lends subtle wood spices which compliments the fruit.
Venison, Poultry and Beef
Ageing Potential: 12 or more years after vintage
Serving Temperature: Enjoyed best served at 16°C
Tim Atkins - 92 points