Diemersfontein Carpe Diem Pinotage 2011

Diemersfontein Carpe Diem Pinotage 2011

On the nose black current, cherries with hints of vanilla on the palate followed with supple tannins.

This wine lends itself to rich lamb casseroles and gentle Malay type curries.

variety : Pinotage [ 98% Pinotage, 2% Petit Verdot ]
winemaker : Francois Roode/Brett Rightford
wine of origin : Wellington
analysis : alc : 14.0 % vol  rs : 2.8 g/l  pH : 3.43  ta : 6.24 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

AWARDS

2012 Decanter International Wine Awards - Gold

in the vineyard : Grapes were harvested from two bush vine blocks in Wellington, both older then 10 years, small bunches and good concentration.

about the harvest: Harvested in January 2011 at a sugar level of 25°B and the harvest was done early in the morning. Bunches and berries were very small, (average bunch weight approx. 125g) which we believe ensured the high extract of the wine.

in the cellar : The berries were "crushed" into stainless steel tank and inoculated with yeast. Pump overs were done every 3 hours for 30 minutes to extract the colour and flavours. At 2ºB the wine was racked and the skins pressed. The wine was inoculated with malolactic bacteria and took place in a combination of 70:30 French and American oak barrels. Wine was racked after malolactic fermentation and put back into barrel for 16 months. 2% Petit Verdot was blended before bottling adding some structure and fruit aromas to the blend.

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