2012 False Bay Pinotage (Waterkloof)

SKU #1160028

This is a delicious and super quaffable Pinotage. Highly aromatic, juicy and soft on the palate without any of the negative aromatics and flavors that some people associate with this grape. Although Pinotage seems to do well in cooler areas, Waterkloof have identified a few 30+ year old blocks of unirrigated bush vines in the Paarl region for their False Bay Pinotage. These vineyards produce fruit with very small berries and a great degree of concentration. Extensive experience in working with the Pinotage grape, provided them with the knowledge to bring out the best in the varietal working with these low yielding, old, untrellised bush vines. As with all the reds in the False Bay Range, native or wild yeasts were allowed to complete the fermentation process. The fruit is treated very gently during the ferment and extraction is carefully controlled. The wine was drained from the skins after fermentation completed. No press juice was added to the wine. The wine was then aged in large oak vats for eight months, tempering the Pinotage tannins and adding complexity. This gentle approach seems to change a grape that is more beast than beauty into something quite special.

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