Wine & vintage: Pinotage 2018
Origin: Coastal/Walker Bay
Label: Allée Bleue
Farm location: R45 Franschhoek Valley
Wine maker: Van Zyl Du Toit
Grape varieties: 100% Pinotage
Style of wine: Wooded Red Wine
The grapes were sourced from a selected vineyard on our estate and also a 43 year old vineyard in Piekenierskloof. We have been farming these special blocks differently for the past 8 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 16 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.
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
Alcohol 13.5 % vol
Residual Sugar 2.4 gm/l
Total Acidity 6.1 gm/l
The wine is ideal for Springbok Loin or Beef Wellington with a berry jus and glazed vegetables.