Diemersdal Pinotage 2006

Diemersdal Pinotage 2006

This is a medium-bodied wine with a dark plum colour and a nose of fresh, red fruit. The nose follows through onto the palate with exotic spices, hints of coffee, vanilla, chocolate and roasted bananas. The elegant tannin structure of the wine gives denseness to the texture of the wine, balanced with good acidity and finishing with a soft full aftertaste.

Lamb knuckle or oxtail stew with sun-dried tomato.

variety : Pinotage [ 100% Pinotage ]
winemaker : Thys Louw, Mari van der Merwe
wine of origin : Durbanville
analysis : alc : 14.29 % vol  rs : 2.2 g/l  pH : 3.4  ta : 6.3 g/l  
type : Red   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

in the vineyard : 
Slope: North facing slopes
Soil: Deep red Hutton
Climate: Moderate with cooling sea breezes from the Atlantic Ocean
 
Yield: 5 - 7 t/ha
Trellising: Bush-vine
Age of vines: 32 years
Irrigation: Dry-land conditions
 

about the harvest: The grapes were harvested at optimum ripeness.

in the cellar : 
Fermented in open fermenters for 5 - 7 days at 26 - 29°C Punch through every 4 hours, pressed at 5° Balling. 100% Malolactic fermentation completed spontaneously in tanks; racked into 225L French oak barrels.
 
16 months oak maturation in 60% new 225L French Oak barrels.

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