Beyerskloof Pinotage 2010

Beyerskloof Pinotage 2010

Darkish Burgundian purple. Spicy wood notes against rich plum and berry fruit, with typical restrained 'fynbos' aromatic notes. Dry, soft fruit-encased tannins follow spicy/fruit-sweet entry, understated and balanced, medium-bodied with a nice spicy length. Impressive for consistency, given the volume produced of this specific vintage, a wine made to drink young.

Ideal with venison, red meat, curries and spicy foods.

variety : Pinotage [ 100% Pinotage ]
winery : Beyerskloof
winemaker : Beyers Truter
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 14.0 % vol  rs : 1.6 g/l  pH : 3.65  ta : 5.7 g/l  va : 0.57 g/l  so2 : 100 mg/l  fso2 : 34 mg/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Medium  taste : Fruity  
pack : Bottle  closure : Screwcap  

ageing : Given the volumes produced of this specific vintage, a wine made to drink young.

in the vineyard : Climate: Above average rainfall and cold weather during winter ensured a good water intake by the soils for growth season. Early budding of the vines started because of warm conditions during September. The start of summer had a lot of rain as well as strong winds which caused uneven ripening, smaller berries and lower yields.
Soil: Hutton, Clovelly Kroonstad
Trellising: Mainly Bush Vines
Age of Vines: 10 - 20 years old

about the harvest: Harvested early in summer because of the high temperatures. The 2010 harvest will be remembered for small yields especially on the red cultivar but ensured greater quality.
Yield: 8.3t/ha

in the cellar : Different systems of skin contact and fermentation in open fermenters, roto tanks and fermentomatics. 4 - 5 days on skins at 25°C. After malolactic fermentation the wine was treated with oak.

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