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Kriekbult Pinotage, Beyerskloof

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Technical Analysis
Alcohol
14.7
Residual sugar
2.9
pH
3.59
Acidity
5.7
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Paying homage to our Kriekbult farm, our first site-specific Pinotage has been produced from 27-year-old Pinotage bush vines. The vineyards utilised for this wine produce a distinctive style, expressing the unique characteristics of well-aged Pinotage.
Tasting note

Packed with black fruit flavours, from blackberries to cassis with balanced oak aromas from barrel maturation. A wine with excellent balance, a lovely core, and a long, juicy aftertaste.

Origin
South Africa
Variety
Pinotage
Malolactic Fermentation
Yes
Bottle Size
75cl
Vegetarian
Yes
Winemaker
Anri Truter
Fining Agent
None
Closure
Cork
Region
Stellenbosch
Vegan
Yes

Vintage conditions

It was a cool, wet growing season that replenished the water reserves. Harvesting started the first week of February and ended the last week of March 2021. This harvest had some challenges with COVID-19 sale restrictions, lockdown, and some rain that made planning difficult. Overall, the quality of the wines shows lots of promise.

Vinification details

Grapes spent 4 days in open fermenters with the cap punched through by hand every two hours. Fermentation temperature was between 25-28°C. After malolactic fermentation, the wine is matured in 50% new and 50% second fill barrels for 18 months.

Technical Analysis
Alcohol
14.8
Residual sugar
3.0
pH
3.63
Acidity
5.5
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Paying homage to our Kriekbult farm, our first site-specific Pinotage has been produced from 27-year-old Pinotage bush vines. The vineyards utilised for this wine produce a distinctive style, expressing the unique characteristics of well-aged Pinotage.
Tasting note

Upfront black fruit with lively aromas of oak and hints of chocolate on the finish. The Kriekbult Pinotage expresses an abundance of black fruit flavours from blackberries to cassis with balanced oak aromas from barrel maturation. A wine with excellent balance, a lovely core, and a long juicy aftertaste

Origin
South Africa
Variety
Pinotage
Malolactic Fermentation
Yes
Bottle Size
75cl
Vegetarian
Yes
Winemaker
Anri Truter
Closure
Cork
Region
Stellenbosch
Vegan
Yes

Vintage conditions

There was good rainfall at the end of October that helped with even ripening for the mid to early cultivars. The late cultivars still needed additional water to ensure optimum ripeness. The harvest started in early February at the Beyerskloof cellar with Pinotage and Pinot Noir. From then, the harvest was bumper to bumper as everything ripened at the same time. The last fermentation finished just before the first lockdown. In general, the grapes were healthy and the quality looked better than in 2019. The crop was also bigger compared to the past 4 years!

Vinification details

Grapes spent 4 days in open fermenters with the cap punched through by hand every two hours. Fermentation temperature was between 25-28°C. After malolactic fermentation, the wine is matured in 50% new and 50% second fill barrels for 19 months.

AWARDS

Tim Atkin MW: 92 pts
Platter: 93 pts
Wine Advocate 90+ pts