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Spencer, Lemberg

Spencer will challenge your preconceptions of Pinotage, in a style far removed from all stereotypes.

Bright ruby colour. Dark red fruit, brown spice, cinnamon sticks, and nutmeg. Departs with hints of hibiscus fragrance. Good fruit concentration, lingering cherry Tabaco. Soft, well balanced structure.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.7 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.8 g/L

pH

3.55

ACIDITY

5.8 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

VARIETY

Pinotage

TIME IN OAK

14 - 18 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Tulbagh

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vinification details

Picked in the early mornings to benefit from the cool night temperatures. Destemmed, crushed followed by two days of cold maceration. During this period vigorous punch downs were done every 6 hours. The cold temperature ensures good colour and tannin extraction without extracting harsh tannins. Fermentation was done at a maximum temperature of 26°C to embrace a more elegant and subtle style. At the height of fermentation the ferment was delastaged three times a day. (Delastage – entails draining all the natural free run juice and then spraying it back over the skin cap ensuring proper juice distribution and homogenous skin contact). Pressing was done before the alcoholic fermentation was completed and the juice taken directly to barrel. Once fermentation was completed, malolactic fermentation allowed in the barrels. Wine was then racked, returned, and matured in barrel for a further 14 to 18 months

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 93 pts

 

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Spencer, Lemberg

Spencer will challenge your preconceptions of Pinotage, in a style far removed from all stereotypes.

Bright ruby colour. Dark red fruit, brown spice, cinnamon sticks, and nutmeg. Departs with hints of hibiscus fragrance. Good fruit concentration, lingering cherry Tabaco. Soft, well balanced structure.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.7 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.8 g/L

pH

3.55

ACIDITY

5.8 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

VARIETY

Pinotage

TIME IN OAK

14 - 18 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Tullbagh

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

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A refined rather than blockbuster style.

Tim Atkin MW

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Spencer, Lemberg

Spencer will challenge your preconceptions of Pinotage, in a style far removed from all stereotypes.

Intense red fruit with sweet spices, plums, mulberries and hints of vanilla on the nose. Velvety smooth tannins on the finish.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.8 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.2 g/L

pH

3.66

ACIDITY

5.9 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Niel Russouw

VARIETY

Pinotage

HARVEST DATE

January 2016

TIME IN OAK

18 months

SULPHUR

Total: 103 Free: 29

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Tulbagh

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vinification details

Picked in the early morning to maintain the night temperature, grapes were pre-cooled to 4°C before being de-stemmed and hand sorted. The grapes underwent 72 hours of cold maceration before fermentation to allow for soft tannin and colour extraction. Aged in a combination of 300L and 500L French oak barrels for 18 months before bottling.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 91 pts

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... an impressive, modern Pinotage with violet, dark cherry and bramble flavours, sinewy tannins and subtle wooding.

Tim Atkin MW

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Spencer, Lemberg

Spencer will challenge your preconceptions of Pinotage, in a style far removed from all stereotypes.

Described as 'a Pinotage for Pinot Noir lovers' by Tim Atkin, this is an exciting 100% Pinotage cuvée which is elegant and accessible with genuine charm. Ripe dark berries and plums are backed by spicy oak with a hint of dark chocolate. A firm and balanced structure leads to a full-bodied and concentrated palate with a lingering finish.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

15.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.3 g/L

pH

3.61

ACIDITY

5.5 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Niel Russouw

VARIETY

Pinotage

HARVEST DATE

February 2014

TIME IN OAK

18 months

SULPHUR

Total: 39 Free: 11

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Western Cape

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vinification details

Picked in the early mornings to maintain the night temperature, the grapes were pre-chilled to 4°C before being de-stemmed and hand sorted. The grapes underwent a 48 hours’ cold maceration period before fermentation to allow for soft tannin and colour extraction. Aged in first- and second-fill 225L and 300L French oak barrels for 18 months before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 92 pts

 

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If only all Pinotages were as drinkable as this one.

Tim Atkin MW

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Spencer, Lemberg

Spencer will challenge your preconceptions of Pinotage, in a style far removed from all stereotypes.

Described as 'a Pinotage for Pinot Noir lovers' by Tim Atkin, this is an exciting 100% Pinotage cuvée which is elegant and accessible with genuine charm. Dark berry and cherry notes on both the nose and palate are underlined by a mineral core that offers structure and interest.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.6 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

1.7 g/L

pH

3.57

ACIDITY

5.4 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Niel Russouw

VARIETY

Pinotage

HARVEST DATE

February 2013

TIME IN OAK

12 months

SULPHUR

Total: 41 Free: 15

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Tulbagh

Vinification details

Picked in the early mornings to maintain the night temperature, the grapes were pre-chilled to 4°C before being de-stemmed and hand sorted. They then underwent a 48 hour cold maceration period before fermentation to allow for soft tannin and colour extraction. Aged in first- and second-fill 225L and 300L French oak barrels for 12 months before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 91 pts
Platter: 4.5*

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