Stellenbosch 1679 Pinotage 2019
Winemakers: Nicholas Husselman & Handré Visagie
AV 14.79, RS 3.1, TA 5.5, PH 3.67
The Stellenbosch 1679 Pinotage 2019 is full bodied with a dark red colour. Made from 21-year old Pinotage vines, predominantly Tukulu and Dresden soils on the base of the shale. Smaller berries, with an excellent colour and flavour intensity, were harvested at optimum phenolic ripeness. Low rainfall, drier ripening season with cooler nights and warm, dry days during picking contributed to the quality of the grapes. The wine spend seven days on skins in rotor fermenters at 25°C, spent 14 months in new 225 and 300ℓ French Oak barrels. Aromas of blackberry and white pepper accompanied by dark cherry fruit and mocha are prominent on the palate. This excellent 2019 vintage will peak from mid-2020 to 2025 when tertiary aromas will start to develop.