2005 John Platter Wine Guide 2006 Nov.'05 - 4Stars
Intense ruby colour with opaque centre and pale purple meniscus. Densely layered fruit flavours and sweet oak vanillinâ€™s mingle to create a richly textured mouthful. Seamlessly crafted with excellent structure and length. A full-bodied dry red wine.
Drink now and enjoy the vibrant youthfulness. You will be well rewarded with increased complexity and integration by cellaring for 2-4 years.
A definite food wine. Enjoy with saddle of wild boar with juniper berries, rack of lamb with rosemary or pungent cheese platter.
In The Vineyard
Vines planted in Clovelly soil.
Yield of 7-8 tons per hectare
About The Harvest
Grapes were picked at full ripeness (25,8 ÂºB).
In The Cellar
The grapes were fermented in stainless steel tanks and pumped over 3-4 times a day. After a light pressing the Pinotage underwent malolactic fermentation before going into 30% new French oak barrels for 18 months.