Wildekrans Pinotage Barrel Selection 2002

Veritas 2003 - Bronze
This wine is made from low yielding low bush vines. This Pinotage has a pronounced wood essence, a coffee and ripe fruity, youngberry nose which enhances the new oak barrel flavours. The colour has a deep, dark purple centre. This wine has huge intensity, is very complex, velvet soft textures with a long finish on the palate. This wine is once again a real pedigree.
Only wines that meet with our standards of excellence were then used in the final blend for our Barrel Selection.

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variety : Pinotage | 100% Pinotage
winemaker : Bruce Elkin
wine of origin : Overberg
analysis : alc : 13.5 % vol  rs : 2.7 g/l  pH : 3.48  ta : 5.8 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Full   wooded
pack : Bottle  

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***(*) John Platter Wine Guide
Veritas 2003 - Bronze

ageing : Five to eight years.

in the vineyard : Area: Bot River, Ward Walker Bay
Soil type: Bokkeveld shale
Age of vines: Vines planted in Winter 1994
Vine Density: 8,200 bush vines, 1.96 hectares, grown 240cm apart.

about the harvest: The grapes were harvested at 24.5º Balling during February 2002.
Yield: 4 tons per hectare

in the cellar : After early morning harvest cool grapes are brought into the cellar and then undergo skin contact / cold maceration, for three to four days to extract soft tannins and ripe fruit flavours allowing fermentation to begin. Throughout vinification handling was kept to a minimum to ensure that true fruit flavours were retained. The wine was matured in medium toasted new French Oak and 5% American oak for nine months. Only wines that met with our standards of excellence were then used in the final blend for the Barrel Selection.

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