Du Toitskloof Pinotage/Merlot/Ruby Cabernet 2010

Du Toitskloof Pinotage/Merlot/Ruby Cabernet 2010

A well rounded medium-bodied wine with inviting raspberry and other ripe red berry flavours, hints of spice and dried banana. It has an impressive smoothness and a long fruity finish.

Ideal companion with BBQ and other red meat dishes.

variety : Pinotage [ Pinotage, Merlot, Ruby Cabernet ]
winemaker : Shawn Thomson, Chris Geldenhuys & Derrick Cupido
wine of origin : Western Cape
analysis : alc : 13.94 % vol  rs : 5.1 g/l  pH : 3.36  ta : 5.5 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Medium   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Screwcap  


Best Value Wine Guide 2012
Veritas 2010 - Best Value
2008 WINE Magazine Best Value

in the vineyard : Background
Du Toitskloof Wine Cellar (DTK) was established by six wine farmers as a cooperative winery in 1962. Today it has 22 members whose vineyards all lie within a 10 km radius of the cellar. It is located near the town of Rawsonville in the Breede River Valley, at the entrance to the Du Toitskloof Mountain Pass. The stony soils of the area are ideally suited to grape growing. DTK's award-winning wines are known for their excellent quality at affordable prices, and during the last five years it has been rated the South African cellar offering the best value by WINE magazine, three times. The cellar produces some 10 million litres of wine a year from 13 500 tons of grapes, of which 60% is white and 40%, red. Its major white cultivar is Sauvignon blanc, followed by Chardonnay, Chenin blanc and Semillon. The main red cultivars are Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot and Pinotage.

In the vineyards
All the grapes for this blend came from within 5 km of the Du Toitskloof cellar. The vines, grafted on to Richter 99 and 101-14 rootstock were between 8 and 12 years at the time of the harvest in 2004, and grow in slightly clayey, sandy soil. Based on soil moisture levels as measured by neutron hydrometers in the vineyards, controlled irrigation is applied, thereby also ensuring small berries with an excellent skin to fruit ratio providing an intense colour and flavour spectrum. Leaf canopies were carefully managed to ensure the berries receive adequate sunlight.

about the harvest: Grapes were harvested at 24° to 26° Balling when they reached optimum physiological ripeness.

in the cellar : The grapes of the two main cultivars were vinified in more or less the same way. After harvesting the grapes were pressed whereafter the juice was pumped to rotor tanks where it was left on the skins for three days at temperatures between 10° to 15° C to allow maximum extraction of colour and flavour. Select yeast strains were added and fermentation allowed to take place at a controlled temperature of 24° C while the rotor tanks were turned every four to six hours to increase skin contact. After the primary fermentation lasting six to seven days, the wine was racked and the skins pressed. Some of the pressed wine was added back in to provide additional depth. After malolactic fermentation the wine was a matured for four to six months in new French staves for 4-6 before bottling.

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