2013 Sirkel (Scali) Pinotage Voor-Paardeberg Paarl
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2014 Sirkel Pinotage is fermented 50% in used barrels. It has a simple strawberry winegum-scented nose. The palate is rounded with bulbous strawberry and red cherry fruit and an easy drinking, smooth finish that is clearly designed to appeal to the masses, which it probably will. (NM)
Winemaker's Notes: "Expressive fresh, ripe raspberry and red fruit with a hint of sweet herbs. Youthful and elegant, this wine is ready to be enjoyed now. Sirkel encapsulates our dream of fulfilling our mission to be custodians of earth and guardians of man, caring for what has been entrusted to us. This wine completes the full seasonal circle by giving back to the land and the people committed to its creation. This Pinotage is produced with 100% organically grown fruit. Grapes are hand harvested before being de-stemmed and lightly crushed to release juice. Spontaneous fermentation turns the juice into wine, while beautiful colour is extracted by punching down the cap of skins. Halfway through fermentation the skins are pressed and the wine completes fermentation in barrel and tank and left to age for 8 months, followed by bottling. Every process is done with as little intervention as possible and as naturally as possible in the Scali winery. Our aim is to have as little impact on the environment as possible and therefor we use light weight glass bottles, natural wax as capsules and recycled paper labels, and each SIRKEL design is individually hand stamped on the label by seasonal workers in the off season, when they would normally not have an income. This labour intensive waxing, stamping and labelling forms part of our community project to benefit people in our vicinity with a means to sustain their families, and we’re very proud of what they are achieving!"