Neil Ellis Stellenbosch Pinotage 2014

Vibrant colour with youthful hues. Bright aromatics, perfumed sweet fruit with spicy varietal notes. Textured palate with red cherry notes gives way to fine grained tannins neatly framed with attractive cedar-like undertones. A medium bodied wine with deceptive power.

Enjoy with roast chicken breast and confit leg, boudin noir and quince.

variety : Pinotage | 100% Pinotage
winery : Neil Ellis Wines
winemaker : Warren Ellis
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 14.5 % vol  rs : 2.0 g/l  pH : 3.6  ta : 5.5 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Medium  taste : Fragrant   wooded
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Cork  

in the vineyard : 

The Jonkershoek Valley and more specifically the south facing slopes are of the coolest sites in Stellenbosch. The vineyards are also influenced by southerly breezes during the summer months which has a beneficial effect. Further parcels of fruit are sourced from complementary sites within the Stellenbosch area.

The Vineyards
Trellised vineyards with supplementary irrigation grown on mainly decomposed granite soils.

about the harvest: 

Harvest commenced on 14th February and carried through to the 19th February. Grapes were harvested between 24.5°B -25.0°B with a total acid of 7.0-7.5 g/l and a pH of 3.4.

in the cellar : 

Fermentation initiated in stainless steel tanks and underwent a series of pump overs and punch downs. This wine spent 15 months in 500 litre French oak barrels of which 25% was 2nd fill barrels, and the balance older barrels.

Bottled in November 2014