Delheim Vera Cruz Estate Pinotage 2012

Delheim Vera Cruz Estate Pinotage 2012

Deep dark colour; black cherry and berry aromas with hints of chocolate from the oak. Full, juicy palate with good length and well-rounded finish. A wine that will reward with ageing.

variety : Pinotage [ 100% Pinotage ]
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wine of origin : Simonsberg-Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 14.0 % vol  rs : 1.78 g/l  pH : 3.52  ta : 5.48 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Full   wooded
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Cork  


2014 ABSA Top 10 Pinotage - Awarded
2015 Tim Atkin Report - 93 points
2015 John Platter Guide - 4 stars

ageing : Drink now or mature for up to eight years after vintage.

in the vineyard : Selected from a single vineyard, Protea, with two distinct exposures, a cooler south-western slope and a warmer north-western slope. Soils are pre-dominantly of the Oakleaf form. The 18-year-old bushvines are not irrigated.

about the harvest: Great effort is made during harvesting - selected pockets of vines are harvested separately over three harvesting dates, by experienced pickers who make the critical initial selection.

in the cellar : The grapes were de-stemmed and lightly crushed into open-top fermentors. The juice was allowed to start natural fermentation at low temperatures and after a day inoculated with a selected strain. Fermentation was done at 26°C and drawn-off before dry. A combination of pump-overs and punch-downs were done. The wine spent 16 months in oak barrels, of which 35% were new.