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Riebeek Cellars, Swartland Pinotage 2018

$12.00 Excl. tax
EAN Code:
784585012565

Complex and exciting with ripe plum and fruitcake all beautifully integrated and then finished with subtle oak for a lingering aftertaste.

Established in 1941, which makes it relatively old compared to all the new wineries that have sprung up in this area, is situated in Riebeek Kasteel at the foot of Bothma's Kloof Pass. The Riebeek Valley is a mecca of wonderful wines, exceptional food and exquisite art where tourists and locals alike are forever tempted into spending more time than allowed. The serene valley falls in the bigger Swartland region which is called the 'bread basket' of South Africa for its grain production, while it is further internationally acclaimed for its high quality olive products. With various hotels and fine-dining restaurants as well as true country hospitality, the Riebeek Valley has become a very popular tourist destination. The ultimate charm of Riebeek is however in its people and their commitment and passion for wine. This medium-sized winery situated in Riebeek Kasteel at the foot of Bothma's Kloof Pass, sources its grapes from the fertile Riebeek Valley and the slopes of the mountain where the climate is very similar to the Mediterranean.

Cellar Treatment: Cold soaked overnight. Inoculated with selected yeast. Fermentation temperature reached 28 degree Celsius and thereafter fermented at 22 degree Celsius. Fermented on skins until enough flavor and color were extracted for complexity and integration. Wine was matured with 80% French oak staves and 20% American oak staves which is blended with unoaked wine to enhance fresh fruity flavors.
 
Number of cases: 500
Alcohol: 14.33%
Residual Sugar: 4.3g/l
Total Acidity: 5.5g/l
pH: 3.66

TASTING NOTES: The color is an attractive bright ruby red with a purple rim, typical of a young Pinotage. The flavors of this unique South African cultivar are complex and exciting with ripe plum and fruitcake all beautifully integrated and then finished with subtle oak for a lingering aftertaste.

FOOD PAIRING: BBQ’s, rare beef, smoked meats.

"Light and easy, with jammy cherry pie and licorice notes."- Wine Spectator

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