Rijk’s Estate – Pinotage Syrah

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Rijk’s Estate – Pinotage Syrah


Elegance, finesse, complexity and concentration of fruit – full bodied.



62% Pinotage, 38% Syrah.


Elegance, finesse, complexity and concentration of fruit – full bodied.

Tasting Notes

Rich and intense red colour. This blend really gets together. Both cultivars compliment each other beautifully, where the Pinotage lends the rich red fruit spectrum and drinkability, the Syrah brings structure and spice. Complex nose of white chocolate and Turkish delight. The mid palette is creamy and finishes with well-rounded mature tannins. Well-integrated oak lends subtle wood spices which compliment the fruit.

In the Vineyard

Soil Low yielding, well drained vertical shale/schist.
Aspect: West, Northwest and East. Trellis and bush vines.
Yield 6.4 tons / ha


Grapes were night harvested, picked by hand to retain flavours.

Cellar Practices

A 48 hour cold maceration period was given prior to fermentation to extract colour and fruit. Extraction during fermentation took place by doing manual punch downs 3 times per day. Skins were gently pressed before fermenting dry. MLF was in barrel. The Pinotage matured for 22 months in 60% French and 40% American 300 litre oak barrels, and the Syrah for 22 months in 100% French oak barrels. 40% new, 35% 2nd fill and 25% 3rd fill were used for maturing.

Ageing Potential

At least 15 years after vintage.

Serving Temperature

Recommended to be served at 17ºC.


Winemaker Pierre Wahl
Viticulturist Neville Dorrington
Residual sugar 3.1 g/l
Acidity 5.8 g/l
ph 3.55
Alcohol 14.6 %
Appellation Tulbagh


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