2015 Pinotage 2015 s

 

Allée Bleue Pinotage 2015

Origin: Franschhoek / Piekenierskloof

Label: Allée Bleue

Farm location: R45 Franschhoek Valley

Wine maker: Van Zyl Du Toit

Grape varieties: Pinotage

Style of wine: Wood Matured Dry Red Wine

Vinification: The grapes were sourced from a selected vineyard on our estate and also a 51 years old vineyard in Piekenierskloof. We have been farming these special blocks differently for the past 6 years, and this wine is a culmination of those efforts. After harvesting, sorting and cooling, the grapes were crushed and a cold soak done for 4 days at 7 °C. After inoculation with a selected yeast strain, the punch downs started intensely for only 4 days before pressing at 8 ºB. This ensures a supple and smooth Pinotage. The finished wine underwent malolactic fermentation in the barrel and further maturation for 14 months before blending and bottling. Of the barrels used, 50% were new and the rest 2nd and 3rd fill. We also use 5 % American Oak in this wine.

Winemaker’s notes: Intense brick red colour. Upfront fruit bringing to mind ripe cherries and plums followed by sweet vanilla pods , liquorice and some cedar wood, all reflecting the cultivar. The palate is rich, soft and very elegant. A full flavoured Pinotage that depicts the terroir and cultivar.

Drink: Will age well over the next 3 – 5 years.

Analysis:

Alcohol 14.3 %
Residual Sugar 2.2 g/l
Total Acidity 5.8 g/l
pH 3.5

Food pairing: The wine is ideal for Springbok loin Beef Wellington with a berry jus and glazed vegetables.