Pinotage 2015

Winemaking

The grapes from bush vine trained Pinotage were handpicked at phenolic ripeness and stored at 10 °C to ensure the finest flavor and freshness. Upon crushing, a temperature of 10 °C was maintained and both skins and juice were left in contact to cold macerate in French oak tanks for 6 days. This approach provides improved color and tannin stability.

Upon fermentation, flavour and color is allowed to develop for a period of 4 weeks before the wine is transferred to 100% French oak 225l barrels for 16-22 months. The use of predominantly older French oak allows the wine to retain fruit flavors and extract tannin from the oak, resulting in a balance of fruit and spice aromas, together with a well structured mid pallet.


Vintage

A challenging vintage due to late rainfall, requiring additional skill in both vineyard and cellar. Red wines are less robust than 2014, with silky tannins and medium ageing potential.


Winemaker's comments

A characterful expression of SA’s national grape. A parade of damson and mulberry fruit, and subtle marshmallow, sweet spice and powerful, integrated tannins.


Food pairing

We recommend our Pinotage among oriental flavoured meats, mild curry or a traditional South African braai.








Wine Club

We started the Marianne Wine Club in 2014 to reward loyal clientele and to build on friendships formed at the estate. Our club members are our ambassadors and it has been hugely gratifying to see it grow, and to see familiar faces coming back to the farm and attending our events and affiliated shows across South Africa.

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