Diemersfontein Carpe Diem Pinotage 2003

Diemersfontein Carpe Diem Pinotage 2003

ABSA Top 10 Pintage 2005
International Wine Challenge 2005 - Gold
Veritas 2005 - Silver
Full, complex nose of raspberry, cherry and pencil shavings with an immediate sweetness of vanilla, butterscotch and toffee. The aroma follows through on the pallet with undertones of sweet black fruit and banana. Ripe, silky tannins in combination with the sweet fruit create an accessible wine with a potential to mature well for 8 - 12 years.

Serve with casseroles, game and seared salmon.

variety : Pinotage [ 100% Pinotage ]
winemaker : Bertus Fourie
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 14.02 % vol  rs : 2.5 g/l  pH : 3.49  ta : 5.8 g/l  
type : Red   wooded
pack : Bottle  

AWARDS

ABSA Top 10 Pinotage 2005
International Wine Challenge 2005 - Gold
Veritas 2005 - Silver

ageing : Drink now or within 8 - 10 years.

in the vineyard : Situation of vineyards: Grapes were harvested from a north facing vineyard, all bushvine. Due to a terrible south-eastern wind in September 2002 a lot of crop were damaged and little yield was left to ripen. Deep Glenrosa soils with a high clay capasity ensures good water retension – no irrigation was given.

about the harvest: Harvest Date: February 2003
Degree balling at harvest: 25º Balling
Yield: 4.5 t/ha

in the cellar : Bunches and berries were very small, (average bunch weight approx. 119g) which we believe ensured the high extract of the wine. The berries were “crushed” into and open fermenter and inoculated with yeast. Fermentation temperature at 27-29ºC. Combined pumping over (15minutes) and punching down (10 minutes) every 3 hours. Pressed at 1º Balling after completion of primary fermentation inoculation with Lactic Bacteria. Addition of French oak staves at 1g/l. Malolactic Fermentation lasted approximately 6 weeks after which the wine was racked and barrelled. Maturation period of 15 months in 90% new oak (70: 30; French: American) and 10% 2nd fill barrels.

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