The Journal Pinotage 2019
Winemaker: Thys Louw
AV 14.68, RS 2.2, TA 5.6, PH 3.64
The Durbanville 45-year-old Pinotage bush vines are grown under dryland conditions and rooted in deep red Hutton soils on north-facing slopes. Cool growing conditions on exposed aspects see the fruit develop slowly, drawing maximum variety expression on the vine. The result is tight bunches of small berries, ideal for making wines of structure, elegance and refinement. Carefully hand-harvested at 26 Balling. The grapes are crushed and fermented in one-ton open French oak “kuipe” at 25-28C. Malolactic fermentation in older French oak barrels before racking. The wine matured for 22 months in 100% new French oak barrels. This resulted in intense and bold red berry flavours with great complexity and savoury spicy notes as well as soft and velvety tannins.