Rijk's Pinotage Rosé 2019
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.
Rijk's Pinotage Rosé is medium bodied, dry and fresh. Fruit driven and elegant.
Grapes were night harvested and picked by hand to retain flavours.
Grapes were whole bunch pressed to ensure only the best quality juice, with the softest shade of pink colour was extracted. The juice was cold fermented in a stainless steel tank for 3 weeks in order to preserve its freshness and attractive rosé flavours. The wine was kept on fermentation lees for 3 months to add some creaminess to the palate.
Shades of salmon to rose gold in colour. Notes of red fruit aromas like pomegranate, strawberry and cranberry with nuances of candy floss and floral notes add to the complexity. Delicate flavours of red berry fruit linger on the palate and add to the freshness of the wine. A crisp richness on the mid-palate makes this rosé wine an absolute pleasure.
Best Enjoyed: Poultry and Venison
Ageing Potential: 5 years after vintage
Serving Temperature: Enjoyed best served at 10°C -12°C