DeWaal Top of the Hill Pinotage 2005

DeWaal Top of the Hill Pinotage 2005

Ink dark wine with intense flavours of rich black plum fruit, cigars, dark chocolate and spiciness.

The Top-of-the-Hill Pinotage is made from an almost 60-year old single vineyard and only in those years that Daniel de Waal deems it of exceptional quality.


variety : Pinotage [ 100% Pinotage ]
winery : DeWaal Wines
winemaker : Daniel de Waal
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 14.5 % vol  rs : 3.3 g/l  pH : 3.71  ta : 5.8 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Huge  taste : Fruity   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

AWARDS

Six previous vintages (1996, 1997, 2000 - 2003) have been worthy of this honour and all vintages entered have received the ABSA Top 10 Pinotage award. The Top-of-the-Hill Pinotage wines also boast with 4½ and 5 stars in John Platter’s Wine Guide, was awarded WINE magazine Pinotage Champion and received Double gold at the Veritas Awards. Daniël de Waal received the Diners Club Winemaker of the Year award for the 2001 DeWaal Top of the Hill Pinotage.

ageing : 10 - 15 years

in the vineyard : Location of vineyard: On warmer north facing slopes
Soil type: Gravel & loam
Age of vineyard: 55-60 years
Rootstock: R99
Method of trellising: Bushvines

about the harvest: Sugar level at harvest: 24.5º Balling
Yield per hectare: 3.5 tons/ha

in the cellar : Length of Fermentation & Mceration: 14 days
Cellar Barrel Maturation: 21 months 225 litre Frenc barriques (100% new)
Bottling Date: June 2007

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