Kleine Zalze Cellar Selection Pinotage 2016

Kleine Zalze Cellar Selection Pinotage 2016

As always this is a very elegant expression of Pinotage. On the bouquet there are notes of ripe, red fruit with floral tones and hints of lavender. The flavours follow through on the palate which also has a firm, yet elegant tannin structure.

This wine is delightful on its own but can be successfully paired with hot curry dishes or wintry stews.

variety : Pinotage [ 100% Pinotage ]
winemaker : RJ Botha
wine of origin : Coastal Region
analysis : alc : 14.0 % vol  rs : 3.7 g/l  pH : 3.41  ta : 6.4 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  taste : Fruity   wooded
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Cork  

ageing : The wine to mature well over the next 5-8 years.

in the vineyard : The grapes for this blend come primarily from the Stellenbosch area and are usually augmented with selected parcels from other regions. The 2016 vintage was even earlier than 2015, this being due to the dry and warm ripening period. That said, the dry conditions meant that the fruit was exceptionally healthy and with careful viticulture we still managed to obtain even ripening of the grapes and very good physiological ripeness at harvest.

about the harvest: Owing to the favourable conditions we had very even ripening of the grapes and very good physiological ripeness at harvest.

in the cellar : After picking, the grapes were destemmed only and transferred to tank for “whole-berry” fermentation. Half of the wine was fermented in open cement tanks with regular punch downs and pump overs to extract tannin and colour. The remaining half was fermented in closed stainless steel tank and pumped over every 8 hours. The wines were pressed before complete alcoholic fermentation to ensure soft tannins and avoid any over extraction. The wine was matured in 2nd and 3rd fill barrels for 12 months.