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Rijk’s Estate – Reserve Pinotage

Rijk’s Estate – Reserve Pinotage

R650.00

Elegance, finesse, complexity and concentration of fruit – full bodied. Special Reserve selection from 15 of the finest barrels.

Category

Cultivar

100% Pinotage.

Characteristics

Elegance, finesse, complexity and concentration of fruit – full bodied. Special Reserve selection from 15 of the finest barrels.

Tasting Notes

Intense and deep dark colour. Complex and multi-layered red fruit aromas of cherry, strawberry and cranberry on the nose. These expressive aromas carry through onto a rich creamy palate, lingering long after. Silky, well integrated and elegant tannins show the perfect harmony and balance. Superb fine dining wine.

In the Vineyard

Soil: Low yielding, well drained vertical shale/schist.
Aspect: West, Northwest and East. Trellis and bush vines.
Yield: 6.7 tons / ha.

Harvest

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 fermented dry. MLF took place in barrels, after which it was matured for 22 months in 60% new and 40% 2nd fill French oak barrels. Bottled, laid to rest and aged till released.

Ageing Potential

At least 10 years after vintage.

Serving Temperature

To be served at 17°C. Decanted two hours before drinking.

Analysis

Winemaker Pierre Wahl
Viticulturist Neville Dorrington
Residual sugar 3.3 g/l
Acidity 5.8 g/l
ph 3.55
Alcohol 14.56 %
Appellation Tulbagh

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