Rijk's Pinotage Syrah 2014
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.
Elegance, finesse, complexity and concentration of fruit – full bodied.
Grapes were night harvested, 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 fermenting dry. MLF was in barrel. The Pinotage matured for 22 months in 60% French and 40% American 300 litre oak barrels, and the Syrah for 22 months in 100% French oak barrels. 40% new, 35% 2nd fill and 25% 3rd fill were used for maturing.
Rich and intense red colour. This blend really gets together. Both cultivars compliment each other beautifully, where the Pinotage lends the rich red fruit spectrum and drinkability, the Syrah brings structure and spice. Complex nose of white chocolate and Turkish delight. The mid palette is creamy and finishes with well-rounded mature tannins. Well-integrated oak lends subtle wood spices which compliment the fruit.
Venison, Poultry and Beef
15 years or more after vintage
Recommended to be served at 17° C.