Elegance, finesse, complexity and concentration of fruit – full bodied
Rich, deep and intense red colour. Complex and vibrant nose of red berries, ripe cherry and plum backed by pure Rijks Pinotage fruit. These delicious aromas carry through onto a rich, creamy palate with superb concentration of tannin and well-integrated oak with subtle wood spices complimenting the fruit.
In the Vineyard
Soil Low yielding, well drained vertical shale/schist
Aspect west, northwest and east
Trellis and bush vines
Grapes were night harvested and picked by hand to retain flavours. Yield 6.2 tons/ha
A 48 hour cold maceration period was given prior to fermentation to extract colour and fruit. During fermentation, punch downs were done 3 times a day. Skins were gently pressed before fermenting dry. MLF was in the barrel. Matured for 22 months in 60% French and 40% American 300 litre oak barrels. Barrels were 40% new, 40% 2nd fill and 20% 3rd fill for maturing.
At least 15 years after vintage
Recommended to be served at 17ºC. Decant two hours before drinking
|Residual sugar||2.6 g/l|