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Technical Analysis
Winemaker
Samuel Viljoen
Main Variety
Pinotage
Appellation
Darling
Alcohol
14.52 %vol
pH
3.60
RS
2.4 g/l
TA
5.90 g/l

Characteristics
Type
Red
Body
Medium
Taste
Fruity

Accolades
2008 Michelangelo World Wine Awards - Gold Medal

Tasting Notes
2008 Michelangelo World Wine Awards - Gold Medal
Colour:
Dark ruby red with slight purple edges.
Bouquet: A combination of rich plum and blackcurrant with a rich earthy undertone.
Taste: Rich, but refined dark berries with a spicy finish that lingers are underpinned from strong, soft tannins.

Ageing Potential
With the fruit and wood well integrated, this well structured wine will make the wine improve over the next 5 years.

Blend Information
100% Pinotage

Food Suggestions
The winemaker suggests serving it with game casseroles, red meat dishes, robust cheeses or chocolate.

In The Vineyard
Papkuilsfonteins deep, red Tukulu soils have excellent water retention properties and ensure the dryland vines are not unduly water-stressed. The farm, situated just 25 kms from the sea, enjoys relatively cool temperatures. Maritime breezes cool the vineyards while a range of hillocks protects the vines from the harsh south-easter in summer.

In addition, the farm has an above-average rainfall for the West Coast. The grapes for this wine come from unirrigated bush vines, ranging in age from 9 to 32 years and yielding 6 tons per hectare. Suckering of the vines ensured good aeration, light penetration, bud fertility and colour intensity.

About The Harvest
The grapes were hand-harvested at 25.0° Balling, resulting in tannins that are ripe and fruit flavours concentrated and intense.

In The Cellar
After harvesting the grapes were fermented on the skins at between 23° and 25° C until dry. To ensure optimal extraction of colour and flavour, the cap was broken regularly through pumping. After racking, the skins were pressed, and the pressed juice returned to the free-run juice. Malolactic fermentation was induced in the tank.

The wine spent 12 months in a combination of French (40%), American (45%) and Eastern European (15%) oak. The use of American oak was to impart sweet, vanilla flavours.

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Tukulu Pinotage 2003 Adian Fry Pinotage
Tukulu Pinotage 2002 Adian Fry Pinotage
Tukulu Pinotage 2001 Wellington Metshane Pinotage
Tukulu Pinotage 2000 Wellington Metshane Pinotage
Tukulu Pinotage 1999 Carmen Stevens Pinotage
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