Eikendal Pinitage 2016
These vineyards have a north westerly aspect and are about 150m above sea level, grown in the Peroldt five-wire trellising system on decomposed “Koffieklip” (“Coffee Stone”). The vines are between 10 -12 years of age and under irrigation.
The single Pinotage block was picked in the early morning to preserve the freshness. The grapes were vinified in open stainless steel fermenters and received minimal pump-overs daily, spending about 15 days on the skins in total. After pressing, the batches underwent Malolactic fermentation in barrel, followed by further maturation in small second and third fill (300L) barrels for up to 12 months, after which they were blended for bottling with minimal filtration and fining.
Sugar: 2.8 g/l
Total acid: 5.7 g/l
Alcohol: 14.5 vol.%
The wine has an attractive nose, which reminds of violets, plums, black berries, cherries and peppery spices. On the palate the wine is full and rounded, with soft tannins and a rich taste of black berries and plums. The elegant finish is long and pleasant.
Eikendal Pinotage 2013 is delicious to drink right now, but also shows good ageing potential of up to six years.
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