Rijk's Touch of Oak Pinotage 2020
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 20 months in 20% 2nd fill, 40% 3rd fill and 40% 4th fill French oak barrels.
Intense dark coloured wine. Aromas of black currant and mulberry, with underlying cherry and fynbos nuances on the nose. These diverse aromas carry through onto a rich, velvety, complex palate supported by layers of well-rounded tannins. The gentle presence of oak on the nose and palate supports this delicious Pinotage.
Venison, Poultry and Beef
Ageing Potential: 8 Years after vintage.
Serving Temperature: Recommended to be served at 14°C.