Lyngrove Platinum Pinotage 2010

Lyngrove Platinum Pinotage 2010

Dark blueberry aromas, with hints of chocolate, spice and perfume. This wine has a silky mouth feel, yet it is balanced by firm structured tannins and ripe fruit flavours.

Serve the wine at 15 - 18° Celsius. Excellent with fruity lamb tangine or roasted venison with a sweet red berry sauce.

variety : Pinotage [ 100% Pinotage ]
winemaker : Hannes Louw
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 14.5 % vol  rs : 2.7 g/l  pH : 3.47  ta : 5.8 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Full  taste : Fruity   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

in the vineyard :  Vineyard
These 3ha of vines are drip-irrigated to ensure optimal ripening and trained on the 5-wire-Perold-trellis system. It's planted on soils consisting of weathered granite on clay. Vines are planted on north facing slopes. The nearby Atlantic Ocean (False Bay) also has a cooling affect on the vineyards during the ripening season.
 
Growing season and harvest
Though uneven, stop and start ripening, fugal danger, and smaller yields put a challenging spin on the 2010 harvest, the smaller crop resulted in smaller berries and more concentration and fruit-intensity in our red wines. With red varietals reaching physiological ripeness almost 2 weeks earlier than last year, the grapes also retained much of their natural acidity. I believe this will result in more balanced wines and might also aid in the graceful ageing of these 2010 wines.

in the cellar : Berries were crushed and cold-soaked for about 48 hours at 15° Celsius, and then inoculated with suitable yeast that would bring out the best out of the varietal. The must was fermented in stainless steel tanks with pump-overs (aeration) every 4 hours - this was done to extract all of the colour and flavours out of the must. Fermentation takes about 5 days at temperatures between 24 - 29° Celsius. The wine was aged for 12 months in 300 litre French oak barrels, of which 40% was new.

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