Rijk's Touch Of Oak Pinotage 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, 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 pumping the juice over the skins 3 times per day. Skins were gently pressed before fermented dry. MLF took place in barrels. Matured for 18 months in 25% 2nd fill, 50% 3rd fill and 25% 4th fill French oak barrels.
Intense red current aromas on the nose with gentle hints of vanilla. This wine is a true representation of the great 2017 vintage, with loads of refined flavour characteristics. A medium bodied, lively mid palate is rounded off by a lingering presence of oak.
Venison, Poultry and Beef
Ageing Potential: 7 Years after vintage.
Serving Temperature: Recommended to be served at 16°C.